We believe Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, and has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom. Our approach is very simple, and can be adopted almost anywhere:
Go to where the poor are
Jesus promises that the poor will always be with us. In most cities, the poor have access to mercy ministries like homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc. Beyond this, every city has its vulnerable neighborhoods.
Be present in these spaces. Walk your dog around the neighborhood park. Volunteer at a hurting school. Simply show up.
Get to know someone
On the surface, the marginalized have several material needs and wants. But when we engage relationally, we discover the humanity behind the poverty.
Start a conversation with someone who is different than you. Ask their name, where they're from. Listen to their story. This is a launch-pad to friendship, which is often the very thing people are desperate for.
Ask someone how you might pray for them. Most people are willing, if not eager, to receive prayer.
Share the gospel
We so often bypass the good news of Jesus and get right to material help.
But Jesus' message was first good news to the poor. If a person is open to prayer, they may be open to hearing the gospel. Share a passage of scripture, or your personal testimony. The important thing is bringing Jesus into the conversation.
Whether or not someone responds to the gospel, continue to love them. Pray for them. Spend time with them. Regardless of the spiritual outcome of our efforts, love is the end, and the ultimate measure of our effectiveness.