Every Christian, in a way, is a social worker.
The motivation behind the work done within Faithful Heart foundation is based on the principles and core values of Christianity, which is the essence of social work.
Our house parents, along with some of our staff members, had the opportunity to attend a 4-day-long seminar on social work, specifically in working with children. The seminar was hosted by the Thai government and was very informative.
This is the Global Definition of the social work profession that was shared at the seminar:
“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance well being.”
This definition is very much consistent with the beliefs of Christianity. It is what Christian ought to always be striving for while being the hands and feet of Jesus to the world around us.
In a sense, living out the way of Jesus, is the fulfillment of social work—stretched and pushed to the boundaries by Love.
Below are some biblical excerpts that speak of the “social work” principles found in Christianity.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4)
“…loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke…
…share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him…
…pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted…” (Isaiah 58)
“…I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth…” (Job 29)
We are eager to be a testament of these worthy pursuits. Will you join with us as we strive to make these principles a reality in the world we live in today?