We want to value what God values. We want to conform our heart and mind to the heart and mind of God. Consequently, we humbly seek to be guided by the following core values in our ministry and to constantly seek the wisdom of God to improve our understanding and implementation of these principles.
1. We seek to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, economic opportunities and other such blessings to the poorest of the poor.
We do this because it is the command of Christ and the constant word of the prophets. In Matthew 25 Jesus welcomes into the kingdom of God those who fed the hungry and sheltered the homeless and condemns to punishment those who failed to. John says that the love of God does not abide in those who do not help the needy (1 John 3:16-18). James says that caring for the widow and orphan is the essence of true religion (James 1:27). Isaiah prophesies that the true fast desired by God is feeding the hungry and caring for the homeless (Isaiah 58:6-7). As John summarizes, “Anyone who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20) We recognize that this obligation to help the poor applies not only to fellow Christians, to whom we have a special responsibility, but to all who are poor, even our enemies. (Luke 6:35)