New Year’s Greetings
In John, chapter 9, Jesus redressed his disciples when they tried to affix fault in a particular situation. “You’re asking the wrong question,” [he scolded]. “You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light” (The Message).
Our prayer for you in 2021 is that you find even better ways to reflect the Light, and that you become the brightest signal in your city. Welcome the strangers and engage in their life transformation. Honor your teammates. Take time for yourself. Work with the end in mind. We’ll be cheering even louder for you in 2021.
— John Ashmen and the Citygate Network Staff
Possibly Approaching the Summit
Vaccination rollouts continue without any major concerns. Minor infections should not be a reason for homeless people to postpone getting the shots, but disclosure of conditions should be made to medical professionals administering them. More information on preexisting conditions and vaccinations can be found on this CDC webpage.
Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kansas, Southern California, much of Arizona, and Southern Quebec are some of the critical hot spots right now. Thanks to Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day gatherings, we will likely see a spike in cases through at least January 23. Stay strict on the six protocols. After that, barring any unforeseen occurrences, the absence of major holidays and the steady increase in vaccinations should result in gradually decreasing numbers. That doesn’t mean things will soon be back to normal. We still have several months of work to wrestle this pandemic to the ground. A lot depends on whether protocols are strictly maintained, how many susceptible people refuse to get vaccinated, and how long it will take to get the inoculation needles into the arms of younger generations. Citygate Network will continue to guide you on this journey, providing the latest news and insights—and triage, as needed. Never hesitate to contact us if you have any new concerns.
Join Our Stimulus Package Discussion on Friday
The DC Forum Will Be an Online Experience This Year
Street Smart will return to its usual length and format, starting with the January 15 edition.
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