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purpose is to provide counseling and material assistance in the Name and to the
glory of Jesus Christ. Our intention is to keep this ministry as an explicit
testimony to the love of Jesus Christ, not simply to provide services.
ministry is designed to reach (1. Christians within Living Faith-CFC: Christians
outside Living Faith-CFC). (3. Those who are not Christians (Galatians 6:10;
John 17:20-21). We intend to supplement existing channels of help, rather than
to replace them, since every good source of help has God as the origin (James
will take the forms of financial/spiritual counseling and/or material aid.
Financial problems usually have a spiritual origin. We will try to present the
Gospel and to give Christian literature to the unsaved, and to use biblical
principles to direct both the unsaved and the saved. Those not attending church
will be encouraged to attend.
- A genuine
need must exist, as determined by the Benevolence Ministry, using whatever
information is needed for an accurate judgment. This includes an interview
and completion of an Information Form.
are a distinct kind of applicant, since some make living defrauding
churches. The name of the transient will be checked against any available
community database, and at least one valid telephone number of someone
known to the transient will be called, to verify the identity and possibly
the need of the applicant. Some transients claim to be hungry, but want
cash and will not go to a restaurant. Pressure may be applied, but wisdom
dictates that some kind of background check be made.
- Widows are
a special concern of the Church. 1 Timothy 5:3-16 clearly gives the
qualifications for a widow to be helped by the Church. Among them,
children and grandchildren are to bear the responsibility to help the
widow, and the church should intervene if that assistance does not and
will not exist. The wisdom of the Spirit is needed in many instances of
single mothers with needs who are not widows.
- When a
person can work, even part-time, this is required by Scripture (2
Thessalonians 3:10). For example, if a doctor indicates that a person can
work, it would be expected, and this work gives a greater sense of
designed by individuals, by the Church or by other sources for the
Benevolence Ministry shall comprise the funds available. No money will be
borrowed to continue giving help, nor promises made for ongoing help
without a certain assurance of funds being available. If funds are
exhausted, the Church assumes no liability to continue giving aid (2 Corinthians