Why should I invest in a Hope into Action house? There are so many reasons! We're told in The Acts of the Apostles that the believers ‘shared everything they had so there was no needy amongst them’ (Acts 2 and 4). How do we do that in our society? Christians are very good at tithing and giving, but what about sharing? Sharing is arguably more difficult than giving: When my daughter was young and shared her favourite toy she expected it back and had to trust the recipient to look after it. When she gave away her sweets she didn’t mind what the recipient did with them. Our mission is to show Christians a wise, responsible but also radical, loving way to share their resources with the poor. Currently Christians are sharing billions of pounds with the rich by putting money in banks that invest money with wealthy businesses, or by investing in stocks and shares etc. We see a time when Christians are serving thousands of homeless people in this country through wisely sharing their wealth with the poor. Hope into Action was started by people who believe that the local church can have a vital role to play in helping people who are in a vulnerable situation. Hope into Action provides a relational, holistic model which meets the needs of the vulnerable and, in partnership with the local church, helps them transition into a local community. The model is proving to be successful with tenants, churches and investors. The need is enormous. We'd love you to help meet that need. That's the summary, but here's more detail if you want to think more about why you should invest: 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. In itself, 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 the area of 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.