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The Bible uses words like ‘give to’ but it also uses words like ‘share.’ The current paradigm and culture in our country is to give away 10% of our earnings to a good cause and save or spend the rest elsewhere. Hope into Action are saying that as part of your investment portfolio why not ‘share’ your money with the poor by investing in a house? 

Jesus told a parable about a man who stored his wealth in barns. He said to the person who did so ‘you fool.’ Currently Christians have £billions ‘stored up in barns' (banks, stocks, shares, ISAs, pensions). The church also has £billions stored up in barns. Would Jesus think this wise? We want to encourage Christians to ‘share’ their money with the poor. 

The parable of the talents immediately precedes the verses about ‘when I was hungry you fed me, in prison you visited me etc.’ (Matt 25). Jesus linked money and values. We are giving people a way they can do the same.

So, what we are doing is saying that as part of your investment portfolio please invest also in the poor. We believe that Christians have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the resources God has given them custody of. This model fulfils so much of what Jesus spoke about money: We are giving people a way they can ‘fulfil the parable of the talents’, ‘serve the poor’, ‘build up the church’, ‘build up their riches in heaven’, ‘provide the poor wanderer with shelter’, ‘not store money in barns’ all in one stroke. 

Doing so will lead to a more just society: when you put money into stocks and shares you are sharing your money with those who already have plenty, enabling the rich to get richer. There is nothing wrong with wealth but in part this leads to a greater gulf between rich and poor and a more divided society. By putting money into homes for the homeless the poor benefit from your wealth.

Most importantly for us, however, each house is in partnership with a church who provide pastoral support in partnership with our professional workers. In such a way we are able to provide a holistic, professional, long-term relational approach to the poorest in our cities and towns without having to dilute the gospel. As a result, Hope into Action are seeing people give up crime, come off drugs, get jobs and turn their lives around. 

Just imagine how much money is saved by Christians in England, then think what God might be able to do with that wealth if it was released? If that money, held by Christians, stored up in barns, was shared, then we might be able to see the churches once again at the fore-front of social reform in homelessness offering a more community based response to homelessness. 

Accessing this source of finance means that we can build a model of housing provision that is not dependent on Government money. Not only does this save the taxpayer money, but it allows us greater freedom, within the requirements of legislation, to house and help the homeless in a flexible and responsive way.


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16 April, 2018