Acts 1:8 – October Minute for Mission
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 as a way to provide affordable housing for people who cannot afford to purchase affordable housing. Habitat now works in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries and has helped more than 39 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s Mission is to Put God’s Love into Action by Bringing People Together Building Homes and Hope. The organization provides financial coaching assistance for qualified future homeowners who build their alongside volunteers. The organization envisions a world where everyone has a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
St. Paul’s has supported Dorchester Habitat for Humanity with funds provided through the Tea Room as well as parishioners who volunteer to build these homes.
The vision and mission of St. Paul’s Acts 1:8 – Outreach Ministry is to encourage the parish to answer the call of Jesus to be His witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth, whether those parts are next door, in Summerville, our diocese, national, or on the other side of the world.
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Acts 1:8 is outward – focused one that looks to fulfill Christ’s call to be His witnesses to local, diocesan, national and global ministry opportunities.
“We believe that the ministry to “feed the hungry, protect the weak and clothe the naked” (Matthew 25:37-40) flows out of Jesus’ command in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses.
St. Paul’s continually receives God’s bounty. With grateful hearts, the Acts 1:8 Committee seeks, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to distribute this bounty through prayer and consultation with stakeholders.
Jesus said, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8(b)