|A Challenge to the Church|
What does it mean to partner with Green Pastures? What is the application process? What does partnership cost? You've probably got lots of questions about partnership and in this section we try to give a full picture of what its all about!
The Bible speaks to us as Christians about our practical service for Christ. Jesus said “I was in prison and you visited me, I was homeless and you housed me”. Paul was “eager to help the poor” and John reminded us that “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”.In Southport these scriptures were challenging to us. In 1999 we were on the threshold of the 21st Century and there were still homeless people in our town. The Samaritan put his hand in his own pocket, paid the innkeeper and committed to paying all expenses until the man recovered. Following this example, one member of our church put up a small pension of £6,000 and another church member borrowed £20,000 on her property. We purchased our first property to house the homeless! God did the rest!In 2004 we accepted our first partner and by 2009 we had 13 active Partners. Today we have partners all over the UK housing hundreds of people. We are excited to see the growth of God’s Kingdom through the provision of the most basic needs to the marginalised of our society. By the church working together, Christ is alive, and where the politicians fail, the Church can succeed.