“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me….” Matthew 25:35 (ESV)
We are Deliverance, San Diego, a California Non-Profit Public Benefit corporation operating in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Code. This ministry is based on three principles — faith, hope, and love. Love is our greatest motivator. Our purpose is to offer support to the less fortunate population in San Diego by providing physical and spiritual nourishment.
Homelessness is ever increasing due to economic declines and circumstance; whether it be mental illness, substance abuse, or unemployment. Being homeless does not make any one person less human than another. Our mission is to convey love — not judgement. We are establishing relationships with our brothers and sisters. According to our beloved brother on the streets, “It’s not about the food; its about the camaraderie.” Physical feeding is still paramount, and every week we are thanked for a warm meal someone might otherwise go without.
Many people struggle to make ends meet. They struggle with vices and other hinderances to what we consider normal lives. These are God’s children, and God has called us to serve others and minister to his people. Deliverance does this using a hot meal as a vehicle to start conversation. Through conversation, relationships are established. Through relationships, we are able to minister to God’s children. Whether down on their luck, struggling with addiction, or demon possessed, no-one chooses to be homeless. Some will make it off the street, but some won’t. It is not our job to judge, but to simply share God’s love.
Each Friday evening at 5pm, volunteers from various churches gather at 17th and Commercial downtown to load four food wagons with chili, soup, cornbread, water, and other snacks. Most of the volunteers bring their families, including children. Once the wagons are loaded and organized, the group prays over the meal and heads out with the wagons, typically serving over 300 meals.
We offer prayer and spiritual support, but one of the easiest things we do is get someone’s name and remember it. When we see them in the future, we call them by name and simply say hi. This simple gesture is more meaningful than any cup of soup, hot meal, or free item we can give them.
More information on our corporate activities can be found here.