Mission Statement: Our mission is to glorify God by meeting the physical needs of all persons whom God sends to us for assistance.
Purpose Statement: Our ultimate purpose is to relieve suffering and draw people to God through the expression of Christian love.
Mission Verse: Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothes You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” The King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:37-40).
The Benevolence Ministry is a vital, dynamic ministry. The Benevolence Team meets one night a week with individuals who find themselves in need of help. The staff is actively involved on a daily basis meeting with people, sharing the Gospel of Jesus, and rendering appropriate assistance. Three basic groups of people are helped through this ministry: Transients (persons who are not residents of Hunt County), Resident Non-Members (persons who are residents of Hunt County but do not attend RBC on a regular basis), and Members (official members of RBC, including homebound, and visitors who attend RBC on a regular basis). The most common types of help given are food cards and gas vouchers. Occasionally, assistance is given for rent, utilities, transportation, shelter, and medical issues.
If you are looking for a ministry in which to serve, this could be just the place! Benevolence is a ministry that functions best when staffed with people who are equipped with differing spiritual gifts:
- Evangelist – to be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel
- Exhortation – coming alongside someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be
- Giving – to share material resources with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return
- Helps – to render support or assistance to others
- Mercy – to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but more caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress
- Service – to identify tasks and use available resources to get the job done
- Wisdom – to apply knowledge to life in such a way as to make spiritual truths relevant and practical in proper decision-making and daily life situations
- Administration – to steer people toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising
If you fit one or more of the descriptions above and have a desire to serve the Lord through this type of ministry, please contact the Church Office and someone from the Benevolence Team will contact you.