Kingdom come is coming, in small yet invasive ways...

Follow along with us as each week we meet for service to those in our neighborhood, common meals, study of Jesus' teachings and how to live them, as well as Sabbath worship at the Buffalo Vineyard City Church .

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nyumbani Mnunuzi Klabu

(Swahili for: Home Buyer's Club)

As mentioned last month, part of our participation in the coming of God's realm here in Buffalo has taken the form of facilitating Homebuyer's Clubs. These clubs help people introduce hope into seemingly hopeless financial situations, and help them work toward financial freedom and home ownership.

One of the clubs that we lead is done in conjunction with Jericho Road Ministries, a refugee resettlement ministry on Buffalo's Westside. JRM's City Roots program provides translators who contact the many families in their community to present them with the opportunity to pursue homeownership.

Coming from years (or even decades) of life in a refugee camp, many of these families have lower expectations of what constitutes being "well housed". Some landlords take advantage of the situation, not offering heat or access to water utilities in their homes. Often these homes also have other flagrant housing code violations.

However, many of these new immigrants are very hard working and resourceful. Many have jobs, and though the income may be limited, they are used to living on very little and can often save significant amounts of money each month. Their hard working nature, steady income, frugal budget, and significant savings make them good candidates for homeownership. The Homebuyer's Club then provide language services and connections to the many incentive programs offered by local housing agencies to first-time homebuyers.

Our club has been meeting with people from the Burmese, African, and Middle Eastern refugee communities since October, and it has been very encouraging to see the families making real progress towards being able to provide sustainable housing for their families here on the Westside. In a neighborhood whose intial rise to prominence was the result of the hard work and resourcefulness of the Italian immigrants that settled here, it is especially inspiring to see this community on the rise again because of the new energy and vitality brought by this newest wave of immigrants.

Anyone interested in assisting with the Jericho Road Ministries City Roots Homebuyer's Club can contact me ( and join us at the Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th St., on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

1 comment:

  1. Trust in the Lord, lean not on your own understanding, He will direct your paths - all directives and promises for those who love the Lord. Matthew I know you believe His word to be true. Continue to walk with Him and you will be blessed and be a blessing to others. I continue to pray for you and your efforts on behalf of the people you are serving. May God's kingdom be enlarged and glorified as you serve.