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Good Samaritan Ministry
Leader: John Blackburn

The Good Samaritan Fund is a benevolence ministry.

It is available to anyone on the Eastern Shore and even beyond. There is a regular monthly Love Offering that goes to the Good Samaritan Fund that is collected on the first Sunday of each month. It is intended to help people of all faiths, colors and national origin, not just members of Cape Charles Baptist Church, who find themselves in some financial difficulty and need a helping hand to get out of their trouble. Examples would be any type of bills such as electric, gas, food, clothing needs, or rent that cannot be paid because of some adverse situation, such as job loss, excessive medical bills, etc.

The purpose is not to completely solve the problems by writing a check, but to minister to the people involved in such a way that they will see the love of Christ from Cape Charles Baptist Church, and to get them on the path of a solution to the cause of the problem. Another purpose is to counsel these individuals about past behavior that may be leading to financial problems in their lives.

Normally a request is made through the church office, which will notify the Deacon in charge of the Good Samaritan Fund (currently John Blackburn). At this point an investigation will normally be conducted to ensure the validity of the problem and the request. In this review process, contact will normally be made with the requesting person's home church (if there is one) to see what has been done by them and to see if this is a recurrent problem. We feel that we must be good stewards of the money in this fund and that it does not become a welfare program for people who continue to do the same things that got them into the problem in the first place. Once a legitimate need is established the amount of the help needed will be verified by the person or entity to whom the money is owed.  

Payments from the Good Samaritan Fund will not be made directly to the person making the request but to the creditor to whom the money is owed.

Contributions to the Good Samaritan Fund are always welcomed.  If you would like to help us help others in our neighborhood, please contact John Blackburn via the email link above.

Luke, Ch. 25

25  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

26  "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

27  He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "

28  "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

29  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"