8th Street Mission
In many situations, spending time with someone can show love. Most of our patrons are lonely and have severed ties with family. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to see the value in someone the world has forgotten. We are looking for cafe’ and pizza shop partners who are our on sight community pastors a few nights a week, month or year. Our hospitality is not why we are here, ministry to the lost and hurting is. As followers of Christ we must fight poverty through discipleship rather than covering it with spiritual frosting. Either we do God’s will God’s way or we aren’t doing His will at all.
“We believe that God created all people, including the poor with the ability to help themselves and others.”
Poverty alleviation is a ministry of reconciliation:
God established four foundational spheres of responsibility for human beings. First, a relationship with the loving, relational God. Second, a relationship with yourself—a person created in God’s image, endowed with inherent worth and dignity. Third, a responsibility toward other people. And fourth, a relationship with the rest of creation as stewards. Sin damaged these relationships, and we see the resulting dysfunction in the economic, social, religious, and political systems we have created. Poverty is the absence of peace. Poverty alleviation helps people move closer to a right relationship with God, themselves, others, and the rest of creation so that they can fulfill their callings to glorify God and support themselves and their families through their work.
When to apply relief, rehabilitation and development:
One of the biggest mistakes we make is in applying relief in situation in which rehabilitation or development is the appropriate intervention. While relief is immediate, temporary assistance, rehabilitation means working with people who participate in their own recovery. Development is related to ongoing change efforts to move both the helper and ones being helped toward a closer relationship with God. In order to be truly effective, churches and individuals should not try to focus on all three areas in their ministries. Rather, we should focus on supporting relief, rehabilitation, or development efforts in a given location—giving much more focus to effective development in order to produce lasting change.