Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.” – Luke 10:25–37
Jesus went on in his discussion with the scholar to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan, leaving nothing abstract about loving one’s neighbor. Who was the one who loved? He who gave the injured traveler first aid, who disinfected and bandaged his wounds, lifted him onto his donkey, found a place for him to recover and be comfortable, who paid his bill and ensured his ongoing care.
We believe we are called to love our neighbors in the City of Pittsburgh, particularly those who are poor. We are ever seeking ways to walk alongside our neighbors in ways that are real and in ways that are loving.
To follow are several formal ministry opportunities to minister with and to the poor. To sign up, please fill out the form using the link at the bottom of the page.
- East End Cooperative Ministries Meal Team: Provide a meal the 4th Tuesday of the month at the homeless shelter in Pittsburgh’s east end
- Shepherd’s Heart Meal Ministry: Assist with the provision of meals 6 times/year; Shepherd’s Heart serves homeless veterans in Pittsburgh’s uptown neighborhood closer to the city center)
- Casa San Jose: Ministry with refugees
- Open Hand Ministry: Housing ministry in Pittsburgh’s east end
- Circles Ministry: Come alongside a person in poverty as an ‘ally’ to share social capital and help achieve goals such as home ownership
- Kairos Prison Ministry: Join a team that holds Christian ministry weekends in prisons in Western Pennsylvania