Our world is experiencing unprecedented levels of uncertainty and fear in the face of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Many of us are unable to be near loved ones or engage in our normal communities as we take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Times like these leave us with a choice: we can let fear and despair overcome us, or we can choose hope and decide to love beyond fear. In these difficult times, we can choose to come together and stand in solidarity.

At AJS, we want to give people tools to love beyond fear. We have gathered a list of ways you and your family can be a part of loving fearlessly from home. We hope this will help you connect to your community and to do justice during this time.

Activities for Kids

We’ve included lots of activities that you can do at home with your kids! Keep an eye out for this sticker to see the activities that the little justice-seekers in your life will love.

Printing

Many of the activities below require printing. If you are unable to print at home, contact us at info@ajs-us.org or 1-800-897-1135, and we will mail you materials for these activities!

Share on Social Media

We’d love to see the ways that you and your family are participating! Share using the hashtag #LoveFearlessly.

Keep Checking Back!

We will continue adding to this list over the next coming weeks. Return to this page, or follow us on Facebook to stay tuned for opportunities to love fearlessly!

Learn About the Theory and Practice of Justice

It’s a great time to read a book! Read Call for Justice, AJS’s first book. Written by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff and Dr. Kurt Ver Beek, this book describes both practical and theoretical ways to love fearlessly.

Get a sneak peek of Chapters 12 and 13 and Chapters 24 and 25!

Order your book (with a 40% discount code from the publisher!). To order your book for local delivery, please give a gift of $15 here.

Spend Your Time Checking In With Others

With new developments every day about the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are spending a lot of time reading the news. We encourage you to stay informed about what is going on, but we don’t want to let constant news consumption leave us feeling overwhelmed and unable to care for others. We encourage you to pair the time you spend watching the news with time spent caring for others.

For every five minutes you spend reading the news, consider spending five minutes checking in on someone who might be lonely or vulnerable during this time. This could include friends who live alone, elderly neighbors, or healthcare workers in your community. We want to continue to stay connected in these times of isolation.

Great for Kids!

Design a Thank You Card!

We believe that people of all ages can be a part of doing justice. We invite you and your kids to take part in AJS’s work by designing a thank you cards we send to our donors! This activity is great for kids, and it helps us extend our gratitude to those who make AJS’s work possible. Download our ready-to-print template.

Stand with Your Community

A lot of people are feeling alone, discouraged, or tired during this time, especially people who are working hard to keep people safe and healthy and to keep communities clean and running. Meditate on who are your most vulnerable neighbors in this moment and find a creative way to show love. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination:

  • Sing outside a nursing home.
  • Check in on a neighbor without a car.
  • Care for local domestic abuse shelters and food pantries.
  • Advocate for respect for service workers like garbage collectors, janitors, health professionals, and others whose livelihood is changing in this moment.
  • Write a note to someone in your community that you think needs encouragement like a neighbor, someone in your local nursing home, prisoners, health clinic staff, sanitation workers, and anyone else you can think of!

Share a Reminder of Fearless Love

Find something in your home (picture, quote, book, person, object, etc.) that reminds you of fearless love. Share it on social media with the hashtag #LoveFearlessly!

An example from AJS staff member Alison Wabeke: “This photo with a heart placed in the middle of plants reminds me of how fearless love is resilient.”

Reflect on a Love Fearlessly Devotional

We’re working on a devotional series that ties theology with key aspects of seeking justice, such as living with hope, and faithfulness in the long journey toward change. We’re using this moment to share with you an early edition of one chapter, “God calls us to love beyond fear.”

After reading, reflect on the following questions:

What are fears that are preventing you from living and loving in the way that God is calling you?

Who are you being called to love beyond fear?

Check Out Our Virtual Gathering

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We invite you to check out our AJS Virtual Gathering from April, where we talked about what’s going on in Honduras and share ways we’re remembering God’s faithfulness.

Great for Kids!

Do a Justice-Themed Activity Page

Enjoy these activities with your family! You could even mail us your coloring sheets, and we’ll share them with our team in Honduras!

Center Your Prayer on Others

Make an intentional effort to pray for Hondurans and others most impacted by COVID-19 whenever you wash your hands or go shopping.

Sample prayer coming soon!

Great for Kids!

Spell Out "Love" with Household Items

Spell out the word “LOVE” using household objects! Take a picture, and post it on social media with the hashtag #LoveFearlessly.

AJS staff member Jill Stoltzfus took on the challenge, spelling out the word Love with things she loves – coffee, alpacas, the Call for Justice book, and ice cream.

Listen to a Podcast featuring AJS

Looking for an encouraging story of seeking justice? Take a listen to this episode of the Your True North podcast, “If You Want to Change the World, Pick a Good Team,” featuring AJS Co-Founders Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen. They dive into the intersection of love and justice, and the power of collaboration while speaking truth and seeking justice. As you listen, reflect on who is on your team to make good things happen.

Give To Feed Families in Honduras

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Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Honduras, the country has been put under a strict quarantine. Families from vulnerable communities have been blocked off from leaving their homes, and many do not have access to food. This includes 500 vulnerable families who are part of the AJS community – those who have participated in our Impact Clubs and Strong Communities programs.

We will be delivering food to these families during this time of uncertainty. Will you give a gift of $20 to help feed one of these 500 vulnerable families?

We are working with the Honduran government to comply with the necessary health regulations to prevent further spread of disease.

Find Creative Ways to be Social

While we must be physically distant from one another during this time, we can still be in community with one another over the phone or through a video call. Here are some of our ideas:

  • Play Yahtzee: need 5 dice and this scoresheet
  • Play Farkle: need 6 nice
  • Play 20 Questions: one person thinks of an object, and the other players ask 20 yes or no questions to try and figure out what the object is.
  • Fill in the blank with these common phrases
  • Get your parents, grandparents, or community friends talking about their stories and life. These questions can keep get you started. AJS staff member Jill Stoltzfus did this with her grandma, who says the best invention when she was young was the ball point pen!
  • Read books together. Our AJS staff is reading Spanish books to employees’ kids every Thursday afternoon. This is a fun way to get to know your co-workers families and for them to get to know who is on the other side of all those business calls they’re taking!
Great for Kids!

Lead your Kids in a Scavenger Hunt

Here’s an in-home scavenger hunt that’s ready to go! Just print, cut, and hide the clues where they say. If you don’t have a printer, just send your address to info@ajs-us.org, and we’d be happy to mail it to you!

Re-Envision our "Love Fearlessly" T-Shirt

Calling all artists and graphic designers: we are looking to design a new “Love Fearlessly” t-shirt! Check out the guidelines below.

Become a Justice Partner

As a Justice Partner, you are part of our monthly giving community of passionate justice-seekers who believe that building a more just society in Honduras is possible. Especially during this time, a monthly gift is a sustainable way to support justice for the long-term.

Great for Kids!

Become a Pen Pal

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Become a pen pal with one of our Honduran staff’s children who are also at home during this time! Pen pals can share videos, draw pictures, write letters – it can be in either language and whatever your child would like to do! Our staff will help to facilitate translation and communication. What a great way to see what life is like in Honduras and stay connected during this time. If your child would like to participate, please email your child’s name, age, and email you prefer to be contacted to fellow@ajs-us.org.

Great for Kids!

Tell a Story through Art

As we consider ways to love fearlessly during this time of social distancing, art is a great way to tell a story. Check out this video and the step-by-step guide below on how to tell a story through art.

Great for Kids!

Bake Cookies with Our Co-Founders (and Practice Your Spanish!)

Our Co-Founders Jo Ann Van Engen and Kurt Ver Beek recently led our Honduran staff in how to make cookies while at home with their families. Try it out yourself – and test your Spanish while you’re at it!

Join Our Honduras Trivia Night

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We’ll be hosting our second Honduras live trivia night on Tuesday May 12 at 8:00 pm EDT! For all you former Honduras semester students, people who love Honduras, or love trivia, this night is for you! Find more information on our Facebook event page.