Spring 2014 News and Prayer Letter
33 “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God”. Leviticus 19:33-34
Here at Hope Community Homes we have been blessed by the provision of three flats this spring, giving Hope Community the opportunity to house more rough sleepers. Recently we moved into our new office and social space, It will give us the opportunity to be a central hub for all the tenants, they can pop in for a cup of tea, coffee or a chat if they need one, while also giving us a place to hold our meetings with them. It will also give us the opening to build more of a community atmosphere across Hope Community Homes, allowing us to host evening events, i.e. Cell group or just coming to watch the football and film over for dinner, giving the guests an opportunity to know each other and become a community support network.
While all these are positives for us at Hope Community Home, we cannot take our eyes off the wider picture going on at the moment, the changes that are taking place with the Benefit System are of concerns for other Homeless projects. Regardless of people’s personal political opinions, we need to recognize that there will be significant group of people from the new EEA Countries, who will be homeless, with no recourse to public funds.
The changes in both Job Seekers Allowance and Housing Benefit took place last April, It will drastically change who we can help. The revisions to the Benefit system for arrivals from new the EEA countries is not very clear as the changes are confusing and inconsistent
One thing we can be sure of that the changes in Housing Benefit will greatly limit, who can claim Benefit, and so in turn who we can house at Hope Community Homes. It will leave a large group of vulnerable people to exploitation and slave labour. They are those who come here with the dreams of making a better life for them and their family and find nothing but scorn and injustice.
Thank you for your prayers, partnership and support in the Gospel, rejoice with us and give God thanks for his great provision.
Please pray for wisdom and discernment as the team take referrals for perspective new tenants for the new flats.
We would appreciate your prayers for those who are unloved, outcast and marginalised in our society, that we will love them as yourself.
Pray also that we will not allow prejudiced, financial constraint to restrict us from reaching out to the foreigners and those who are marginalises amongst us.
Continue to pray that God will draw the tenants to his Son Jesus through our witness.
The late Poet of our time, Maya Angelou says… “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope”.