Wesley Mission believes that those in our society who are most at risk, most downtrodden and most vulnerable deserve special attention and care. We are not content to stand on the sidelines and allow other people to take up the baton for the marginalised. We are driven to reach out and support them in whatever way we can. This belief and practice is part of our rich heritage in Methodism, which is characterised by its emphasis on helping the poor.
Wesley Mission’s heart for the marginalised is fuelled by a belief that God’s heart is for the poor and his desire is to look after them as the book of Psalms conveys: ‘“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”’ Psalm 12:4-6 TNIV).
We reach out to many people who others would rather forget. They may be branded problematic, unloved, dysfunctional and hard work. They are the people that Jesus spent time with when he walked the earth: the poor, the sick and the marginalised. Jesus had an overwhelming love for all people regardless of their race, social class, background, beliefs or condition. As followers of Jesus, we seek to love them too.