Lighthouse Church Pastor Marcio Sierra and Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Marcus Allen on Sunday announced the Psalm 46 Relief Fund to gather resources and provide assistance with food, rent, health care and other needs for those in hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the announcement , Sierra and Allen both said their churches had heard from people in dire need as job losses and school closures put financial pressure on families.
“We’re just trying to help in whatever way that we can to ensure that people will not be in total distress during this pandemic,” Allen said in the video announcement.
Both Lighthouse Church and the African American Council of Churches, of which Allen is president, received $10,000 grants from the Dane County COVID19 Emergency Fund, administered by the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to address immediate needs for families, and decided to pool those funds.
In the announcement, Sierra credited Selfless Ambition CEO Henry Sanders with helping to bring in another $18,000 from other local churches.
Both Allen and Sierra acknowledged that communities of color are especially vulnerable right now.
“What I admire about Both of these pastors is that they put their faith into action,” Sanders said Monday. “Often there is division in the world and in the church. These two leaders are showing unity at a time when many are feeling vulnerable. I want to thank City Church, Asbury Church, High Point Church and Metro City Believers for being selfless and helping to raise $18,000 as a catalyst for the Psalm 46 fund. These churches stepped up when they were going through their own uncertainty, proving that the church is beyond their own walls.”
Anyone can support the Psalm 46 Fund at the Lighthouse Church website.