BENEVOLENCE

THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORT
Many families struggle each day, week, month and year to meet their needs.

Imagine Christianity from that viewpoint they are told that the government, not the church, could meet her needs. That response is indicative of the way most Americans seem to view welfare—as a function of the government. But it is the church, not the government, that God has made responsible for the administration of welfare.

When we read the epistles of James and 1 John we recognize the requirement to help others in need. John uses the lack of concern for the needs of others as evidence of a lack of love (1 John 3:17-18). Therefore, we know that the true purpose of welfare (helping others) is to be benevolent (to show kindness) so that God’s love is demonstrated through us.

But the benefits of demonstrating God’s love go much further than meeting physical needs. In 2 Corinthians 9:13 Paul wrote, “Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God.”

Although the function of welfare is feeding people and caring for their needs, the purpose of welfare is drawing people to God by the physical expression of Christian love. We must be willing servants and recognize that we must do something. The sooner we show the love of God. The sooner the unsaved will come to God.

We are the Friendly Church with a Vision and Mission to be a rock of help in this community, in this City and to the world.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR HELP
The church protocol, our benevolence program may receive a large number of help requests from members and non members. Because non members are people who are not familiar to us, Hebrews 13:2 tells us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” We will do our best to offer benevolence to all.

NON-MEMBERS
We have established firm, but very fair, rules for helping members and non members. The number one rule is, we do not give cash. But we provide food, ministerial referral and counseling support. The second rule is, we do check your information. We require a completed needs assessment questionnaire.

WIDOWS, SINGLE W/CHILDREN, CHILDREN, ELDERLY, MEN AND WOMEN WITH NO FAMILY.
Other groups that qualifies for help, and often needs long term assistance, are Widows, single W/Children, Elderly and Children a special effort directed at these people.

The basis for this ministry is James 1:27, which says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

“We believe in modern-day America encompasses widows, single w/children, the majority of whom are women.  Single mothers may spend as much as half of their income on childcare. After housing, food, clothing, and medical costs are taken out, there isn’t much left for emergencies.

“Such women and their children are under God’s special care. Psalm 68:5 (NIV) says the Lord is ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’ The Bible also tells us that while Jesus was on the cross the two things He was concerned about were the salvation of a sinner and the care of His widowed mother.”

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