Often we view poverty as a money or resource issue but ask those who are experiencing poverty and they refer to terms such as loneliness, shame, fear and humiliation. They feel powerless to remove themselves from this situation.
- Helping people in need with an open hand. “But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward them. Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8
- A giving heart: Using what God has provided for us to help those that God brings into our zone of influence.
- Dignity: Providing help to people in a dignified way, showing respect and honour, looking towards their good.
- Inspiring people to work through their situation that they in turn may be able to help others.
- Giving hope to people as Jesus has given hope to us.
- Having a heart of compassion. Compassion is pity in action. Jesus is always moved with compassion. “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!” Proverbs 19:17
- Showing mercy. “Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honours him.” Proverbs 14:31
To provide sustainable help and support to the homeless, the poor, the needy and disadvantaged, the widows and everyone that needs a helping hand locally and internationally.
We will help the needy by:
- Providing food and clothes to sustain people.
- Providing accommodation for security and protection.
- Providing medical assistance to maintain health.
- Providing educational programmes to empower people.
- Working with their communities strategically to help develop new sustainable opportunities through education and training.
- Providing for or assisting in the planning, building and maintenance of facilities and accommodation in poor areas of the world.
- Encouraging individuals to get a start through micro enterprise and or micro financing.
- Assisting people financially where they require emergency relief after suffering from trauma or a natural disaster.
- Working with other like-minded organisations, contributing funds to persons, organisations or agencies where these organisations help the needy.
- Raising funds to allow us to provide care for those in need.
There is a misconception in life, that if we get stuff we’ll be happy, which leads most people to building their own little empire. Life isn’t about living for ourselves, trying to satisfy our desires, it’s about how we relate to and care for one another.
Jesus modelled this in his life and he calls us to follow him in how we treat others. We are asked to look out for and help those around us. Hands & Feet does just this, helping people. Thus our name reflects this heart attitude that we’ll allow God to work through us and we become his Hands and Feet in providing for people who need a helping hand in times of need.