A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Biblical Basis for Mentoring

A Biblical Basis for Mentoring: Church Members as Mentors

A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers and left for dead. A priest and a Levite both passed him by.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.(Luke 10:25 – 37)

At the end of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asks, “Who was a neighbor to the man?” 

The teacher of the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Who are our neighbors today?  How are we to respond to them with mercy?

Jesus calls us to an active love for all those hurting and in need. This includes women and their children facing homelessness, one of the most vulnerable groups in America today.

In his earthly life, Jesus exemplified love for the poor and hurting. This kind of love is costly because it calls us to sacrificial living and unselfish loving without expecting anything in return.

The body of Christ – the Church – can and must be a source of healing and wholeness for homeless families, our neighbors. Bridge of Hope invites and equips Christians in local faith communities to show the love of Christ to these families, following Jesus’ call to “go and do likewise.”