The book of James says, “So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless” (James 2:17).
From the first documented moments of the apostolic church in the book of Acts, after which the apostles and disciples had received the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses, the Church found herself ministering to the local physical needs of people in need.
We see this in the widows’ bread line in Acts 6 which was such a large ministry it necessitated the appointment of seven wise and capable men to administrate it (the Church’s first deacons).
And finally, Jesus himself said the famous words, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).
So love in action, a demonstration of the Love of God through humble, common, acts of kindness to the poor in our communities, is core to our mission.