Directive Three - Giving without expecting anything in return.


"Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was
thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you invited
Me in, naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me;
I was in prison and you came to Me.

Then the righteous will answer Him saying,
'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty and
give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invited
You in, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick,
or in prison, and come to You?

And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you,
to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them, you did it to Me."
Matthew 25: 34-40


Our Lord Jesus Christ set the example for our third path of ministry. Outside of the temple in Jerusalem and synagogues He visited in different communities, He ministered to people in need of basic life-sustaining items, like food and water, clothes, healing, and friendship, often to people who had no idea who He was, or His motivation behind his deeds. We endeavor to do the same outside of the church in community, through our sponsorships of outreaches like HOPECONNECTIONS of the East Bay. This is to be a practical approach to ministry by providing consulting for the organizational support, financial backing, spiritual guidance and personal involvement necessary to connect donors and volunteers from within the communities, to those in need of these basic items for life. It is our hope these outreaches will grow to reproduce in communities in teaching people by example, how to help those in need within their own community through committed volunteers.

The outreach style of Hope Connections in particular, is designed to allow people of differing faiths and philosophies, denominations or social groupings, ages and experiences, to all come together in a common cause which connects them to one another, that of 'loving thy neighbor as thy self'. The purpose for bringing these people together is to 'fulfill the Good News of Jesus Christ' in practical and tangible ways that does not offend anyone. This will be shared with all volunteers who join in this endeavor. The recipients of these gifts will hear from the students or volunteers only, " because God loves you" or "Jesus loves you", when they are asked why they are receiving these goods. Any other sharing of motivations will be personal by the volunteer in their reasons for helping, after invitation by the recipient to hear it. Our hope is that this program can be used in various types of school systems to help teach our children the meaning of giving time and effort through community service and volunteerism as its own reward.




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