Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said,
“don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back,
and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
HOW - Authentic Charity
The Roots of Poverty (Spiritual & Material)
We all know that poor person that would give you the shirt right off their back, just like we all know that rich person who would yank the shirt right off the poor person's back. Jesus's two commandments are: "to love the Lord with all your mind, body and soul" and "to love others as yourself". The mission of Sanctuary is to bring the 'haves' – who have the first commandment down and need an opportunity to grow toward the second – and the 'have nots' – who have the second commandment down and need an opportunity to grow toward the first.
Sanctuary provides true disciples of Christ - on both sides of the divide - the opportunity to practice Jesus's commandments, learn how to care about themselves and others, and grow in real love together. It's not about one being better or worse than the other, it's about reciprocal role modeling and mutually beneficial spiritual and material growth. It's about building rewarding relationship founded upon Biblical truth, faith and grace, which amounts to shared risk and shared reward.
Wholistic Healing (Mind, Body & Spirit)
No victim mentality and no shame, blame and condemnation
No sterile hospital rooms filled with strangers who get paid
No substance abuse including psychotropic drugs
Sanctuary offers healing through natural, wholistic and preventative remedies that treat the mind, body and spirit over a period of time. Total immersion in a healthy, balanced Christian (loving) environment for a period of time necessary to firmly establish new beliefs, behaviors, and spiritual fruit.
Sustainability (Long Term Investment & Return)
partners with local, sustainable businesses to secure long-term funding.
Low operating expenses and high return on investment.
Slow growth equals sustainable growth. This isn't a quick fix or magic pill; it's an commitment that takes time and practice to yield systemic change that lasts. Real change takes time, practice and therefore patience, commitment and above all faith.
Operation: bringing women into our own homes means no big fancy buildings and overhead expenses. It's a very practical way to cut operating costs.
Funding: Sanctuary partners with corporate citizens in our local community to secure sustainable funding. In return for their regular tithe, we sew, grow, harvest and broadcast good news stories that inform of our partner's charitable contribution to healing and restoring our community.
Sanctuary operates sustainably...
What is "authentic charity"? Real charity is about recognizing that no one deserved the cards they were dealt in life. Yet we all have the same right and responsibility to make the best of our hand. It's about being truly thankful for what we've been given and being willing to share it with others, freely. The ultimate test of charity is this: if you give to someone in need – whether it's food, shelter, encouragement, mentorship or role modeling – you will be truly happy for them when they grow and succeed in becoming the best version of themselves they can be. In other words, when they grow out of the position of needing a helping hand, you won't push them back down just in order to keep them safely beneath you. You will celebrate their success.
Sanctuary is a faith-based, charitable ministry that a) addresses root causes of poverty – untrue beliefs – and not just the symptoms and/or resulting behavior, b) offers natural, wholistic healing modalities, which heal the mind, body and spirit, and c) operates discreetly and sustainably.
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