I was originally from China and now live in the US. I am passionate about helping orphans and disadvantaged children in China, and I was preparing to launch a “Jairus backpack” program to support children in China. Our board members and Bible Study members were very supportive. But one day, I had a thought, “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors. Who are our neighbors?” The idea struck me that right now, while we live in the Baltimore Washington, DC area, we need also need to love these neighbors even if we are only immigrants here. I began to look for opportunities, and one day I opened my mailbox and saw a letter from Helping Up Mission based in Baltimore, Maryland. I usually discard these types of mail immediately, but this time I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling me to open it. I opened it, and while reading, I realized that the letter was from a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless in the Baltimore area.
(Helping Up Mission based in Baltimore, Maryland. -Screenshot)
According to its website, its mission is to “raise up broken men and women, and Greater Baltimore with them.” The website says,
“At Helping Up Mission, we believe God’s love can set people free — from drugs and alcohol, poverty and homelessness, and any other self-destructive behavior. However, it’s not enough to tell a person who has struggled with addiction for years that “Jesus loves you” and expect a miraculous recovery. Contrary to common thinking, addiction is not simply the result of poor personal choices, immorality, or weakness. It’s much more complex. Consequently, our approach to treatment is holistic in nature. Our Spiritual Recovery Program integrates the practical needs of our clients — food, clothing, shelter — with their clinical, mental health, medical, educational, and vocational needs. All of that is built upon a Gospel foundation. And by God’s grace, it can lead to lasting change.”
Their program hosts 540 men and women on its campuses, and these men and women are fighting the battle of addiction and homelessness. Jairus Bible World started supporting the Helping Up Mission monthly by donating to its meal program. We also held a special fundraising drive to support them. We ended up raising around 700 dollars to donate to the program, and we received a personal thank you note from Robert K. Gehman, the Chief Executive Officer of Helping Up Mission.
Sean Song believes Christian love should have no boundaries. While it is certainly understandable for us to have a special burden for orphans and underprivileged children in China, we also have to remember all of the blessings and many opportunities we received in America. Being immigrants here, we want to make it a point to reach out to the many different groups of people in the US and diversify our ministry. If we don’t, our perspective and capacity to reach those in need will be limited.
Helping Orphans and Those Living in Impoverished Areas
Jairus Bible World Ministries plans to help orphans and those living in impoverished areas in China and other areas of the world as well. In Maryland, we support a charity that feeds the homeless in downtown Baltimore. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27 NIV) We believe that preaching the Gospel is not only done through words but also through deeds. We are helping as many people as we can, and we are going to do a lot more in the future. In addition to feeding the homeless in Baltimore, we are also supporting a number of other Christian ministries. If you would like more information on the ministries we support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.