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Matthew 25:40 states: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ [NIV] The purposes of Matt25-40 are to help the homeless and low-income individuals located in Huntington Beach and nearby areas to leave the streets and become productive citizens.
Matt25-40 seeks to accomplish these purposes through collaboration with the City of Huntington Beach Homeless Task Force and other local non-governmental agencies to identify specific needs in clothing, shelter, mentoring or other desired support. Matt25-40 recognizes the inspiration and spiritual support both for its members and for those affected by its services to be the love, grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matt25-40 is a religious corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized in California under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Code exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Matt25-40 shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax. The organization shall not endorse, contribute to, work for, or otherwise support or oppose a candidate for public office.
Statement of Faith
In carrying out its purposes,
Matt25-40 adheres to the following statement of faith:
1. The Bible - We believe that God revealed Himself through the personal inspiration of His Word, the Bible. The Bible discloses God in His nature, being, character, will, and purpose as well as His relationship to mankind in regard to his nature, calling, need, responsibilities, and destiny. Both the Old and New Testaments are inerrant, trustworthy, and authoritative on all matters concerning faith and life. (2 Peter 1:21, Genesis 1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16)
2. God - We believe that there is only one God who eternally exists in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is both our Father and the Creator of all things. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:2, Ephesians 4:6, Genesis 1:1)
3. Jesus - We believe that Jesus, the Son of God, was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. In nature both fully human and fully God, Jesus reveals and relates to mankind the person of God through His character, teachings, signs, and wonders. Jesus lived His life on earth without sin, was put to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate, buried, raised to life by God on the 3rd day, and appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days according to the Scriptures. Further, Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. Jesus is fully God and fully man and is deserving of our worship. (1 John 5:20, John 3:16, Luke 1:35, John 1:14, John 1:1, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, Romans 8:34)
4. The Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who possesses all the divine attributes. The Holy Spirit is God. The person who believes in Jesus immediately receives the Holy Spirit and is born anew to life in God. The presence of the Holy Spirit is to the believer the seal of God which anticipates their future redemption. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts according to His choosing to followers in Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in the believer toward continual cleansing and renewal with the end goal of becoming like Jesus in our disposition, attitudes, and actions. (Matthew 28:19, Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, John 14:26, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 3:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Titus 3:5)
5. The Good News - We believe that God created everything in perfection, including mankind who was made in God’s image. The first man sinned against God, severing his relationship with God for himself and all his heirs, receiving spiritual and physical death passed down to all mankind. Through history, God has been working to reconcile mankind to Himself culminating in the forgiveness of man’s sins being covered through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as a substitute for the judgment rightfully due to man. Every person who receives this good news and places their faith in Christ will receive forgiveness for their sins, be restored to a right relationship with God, and be empowered to pursue a life of love, obedience, and transformation through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the only one who can restore our relationship with God and provide a fullness of life that begins now and culminates in our resurrection to eternal life. (Genesis 1, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Romans 5:10, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 11:25, John 6:40, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 6:14, Romans 6:4)
6. Jesus’ Return - We believe that Jesus will return to the earth as Judge of all mankind. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus will experience a resurrection to eternal life. Those who have not will experience a resurrection of eternal separation from God, alongside Satan and his demons, which the Bible describes as endless torment and anguish. Jesus’ return will effect in the fullness of God’s glory and righteousness, as all things are made new according to God’s perfect design. (Matthew 24:44, Revelation 19:12-16, Revelation 22:12, Luke 12:40, Revelation 21:6-8, John 5:22)
THE TRUTH ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
What causes homelessness?
The Bay Area is home to some of the wealthiest and most expensive places to live in the world. In the shadow of this great wealth, thousands of people are homeless and many thousands more live below the poverty line on the verge of homelessness.
We know from talking with our Team Members and hearing their stories that there are many reasons people can become homeless: a traumatic event, loss of a job, the inability to pay for needed health-care, or a criminal background got in the way of finding a job.
How do people become homeless?
Top reasons people become homeless:
31% job loss
20% drugs or alcohol use
15% divorce or separation
13% an argument with a family member who asked them to leave
7% domestic violence
7% mental health
7% physical health or medical condition
1% housing restrictions due to probation or parole
What could prevent homelessness?
When asked what would have prevented their homelessness, respondents reported:
34% employment assistance
31% rental assistance
28% drug or alcohol counseling
19% mental health services
How is homelessness defined?
Any person living in a temporary location, such as a shelter or a place not fit for human habitation (encampment, car, abandoned building, etc.), is considered homeless, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. For the official federal definition click here.
(These statistics are drawn from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Point-in-Time count 2014.)
HOMELESSNESS BY THE NUMBERS
Homelessness affects our communities on a national, regional and local level. The extent of the challenge is mind-boggling. Take a look at the numbers from the Home Not Found: The Cost of Homelessness in Silicon Valley report.
In January 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States
Of that number, 216,197 are people in families, and 362,163 are individuals
About 15% of the homeless population (84,291) are considered “chronically homeless” individuals
About 9% of homeless people (49,933) are veterans
California hosts a total of 113,952 homeless individuals
This represents 20% of all homeless people in the United States
There are approximately 15,179 homeless veterans
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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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