Out of obedience to the God's call to care for the stranger, as stated in Leviticus 19:33-34 and Matthew 25:35, we seek to express a Ministry of loving service to the refugee claimants staying at Matthew House.
Operating out of a Christian faith, we trust God who cares and provides for His people. As such, we value prayer and regularly communicate to God our thanks and requests, relying on Him in all circumstances.
We believe that each person is created in the image of God, and therefore sacred. From this conviction we seek to respect, and to protect, the value and dignity of each person staying at Matthew House regardless of their race, religion or political opinion, as well as those we work alongside.
We recognize that people have physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. As such, we value holistic ministry and seek to express that in how we help each person staying with us.
We value healthy community and work to develop one within Matthew House. We also build bridges with individuals and organizations on behalf of our residents, so that they may continue to experience healthy community beyond their lives at Matthew House.
We seek to continually develop and upgrade our skills, systems and working environment. We strive to have integrity and professionalism in all that we do, using our gifts and resources in ways that honour and glorify God.
A Ministry Model
By showing leadership in how we serve newly-arrived refugee claimants, we seek to inspire and mentor other groups to begin, or further develop, their own ministries to refugees.