A square mile area of Los Angeles has achieved international notoriety as "Skid Row" - a literal hell-hole in the worst part of town. Here the needs of homeless and needy people are reflected in the filth and squalor that so often accompany poverty. Here people live in vermin-infested flop houses and shabby "Welfare Hotels" that line crime-filled streets. Drug dealers and streetwalkers ply their trades on every corner and in every alleyway. Here children learn to grow up fast and hard. It's as important for the children as well as for the adults that Azusa Lighthouse Mission work to fight poverty and hunger on Skid Row. You see, the tragedy of poverty is that it robs those who are mired in it, especially young boys and girls, of the single most essential element of life- HOPE. For thousands of families and children to whom escape seems impossible, hopelessness is a life sentence and Skid Row is their prison. That's why Azusa Lighthouse Mission though the help of Harvest Rock focuses on restoring hope in the inner city of Los Angles. We bring hope to those whom society sees as "derelicts" or "human wreckage".
We work with hundreds of people who've been wasted by drugs, alcohol, or those who have simply dropped out from the responsibility of maintaining a family or employment. We also work with men, women and children who are caught in a web of poverty or abuse. Many of these lives face few choices and many turn to Azusa Lighthouse Mission simply because they know we care and that we will help in every way we can with meaningful programs and services. There is truly a great need in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Please remember we are here every day for the hurting and hungry of our great metropolis. If you would like more information about Azusa Lighthouse Mission see the "contact page" and "how to help" page for more info.
Helping the Poor:
“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. Leviticus 25:35-36
• Communication of the “Good News” in word and deed.
We value communicating the message of God’s love for everyone in the entire world. As Ephesians 4:2-10 lays out, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” And John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” He sent His son to save the world!
There are two forms of communication, verbal and non-verbal. For communication of the Gospel to be really effective we must build bridges with our words and our actions. Not just telling someone they are loved by Jesus but also showing love to them. An authentic witness!
• The Mandate
We value the Great Commission as described in Matthew 28:18-20. “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”
We value the conscious efforts of the Church, in its corporate capacity, to proclaim the gospel among peoples in the nations. We value missions, the work of the church to become an irresistible influence to an unbelieving world.
• Sending Laborers
Jesus said “the workers are few”. We are recruiting, training and sending laborers into the harvest. We will do that by training them to serve, creating opportunities for them to serve and supporting them while they serve.
• The Poor
Scripture is clear that we are to be involved with people in need. We are to be reaching out to those in need to show Christ’s love with the goal of meeting their special needs, including their need to know Him.
• The Church
God intended for the church to be the primary instrument to reach the world and make disciples. All of the staff and volunteers are committed, giving and serving members of local congregations. Our major emphasis is to empower and equip members of the Body of Christ to effectively reach the world and to design and support outreaches that allow an opportunity for them to love the lost and the needy. We believe that the local Body of Christ is the Hope of the world.