6-Year-Old Girl Teaches Autistic Little Brother Bible Verse to Calm His Fears About Coronavirus

By Nancy Flory Published on March 18, 2020

He’d just watched news about COVID-19. And he was terrified. But his sister knew just what to do. Teach him a Bible verse.

Comedian and writer Sheletta Brundidge’s autistic son, Brandon, was terrified after he saw news about the coronavirus on television. “We watch the news every day and he was watching it and was taking in all the fear and panic … it just made him so scared.”

Her daughter, Cameron, also has autism. She knew what to do to help her baby brother. She held his hand and told him to repeat after her. Word by word, she taught him 2 Timothy 1:7: “But God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.”

Plead the Blood, Pray and Wash Your Hands

Brundidge posted on Twitter, “My son has crippling fear cause of his #autism. His sister taught him a scripture she learned at @FellowshipMiss2 Church to help. Stop letting your fear of #Coronavirus be bigger than your faith in God. Plead The Blood, pray and wash your hands. Amen!”

Brundidge praised her daughter. “While the world is stocking up on toilet paper and mayonnaise, jars of pickles and bottled water, she realized — at 6 years old — that it was only his faith that was going to get him through this.” Cameron’s mom says she prays for everybody. She’d learned the verse at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

“Just from the mouth of a child to another child, it transformed the way I looked at it,” Brundidge told Fox News. “We don’t have to be afraid of this. There’s been worse. We just have to rely on our faith, take the precautions we need to take and continue to live our lives.”

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She added that their family is a family of faith. “We just believe in faith and we believe in Jesus and we’re not afraid to say it.” Her favorite verse is “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” 

Choose to Laugh

“We choose to laugh. We choose to be happy, and laughter and joy has gotten us through a lot of dark days before, so we spread that.”

Brundidge’s children’s book Cameron Goes to School will be released at the end of the month. The book was written to “empower young boys and girls who have autism and educate their classmates.”


Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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