First Church Miami to install Homeless Jesus Statue as a sign of their commitment to the Homeless in Miami

 As First Church Miami continues plans to redevelop many ask, “What will happen to the homeless ministry?” This insightful and inspiring question is a good one. The answer is complex and compassionate but simply put, “FUMC will continue their ministry to the Homeless of Miami.”

Through mobile food trucks, showers and clinic FUMC has big plans to continue their ministry to the homeless in downtown Miami and beyond in collaboration with Feed My Sheep and St. Philips Episcopal Church.

Although the homeless ministry will eventually move “off-site” First Church Miami wanted a continued reminder and symbol of our commitment to what’s at the heart of our church and Christianity- serving the homeless and marginalized.

Around the time the church was pondering what this might be FUMC fell upon the Homeless Jesus Sculpture. After reading about it and experiencing it in another city many leaders knew that this statue would not just be a symbol to them but to the entire city.

Inspired by Matthew: 25, the Homeless Jesus sculpture is a representation that suggests Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. The Christ figure is shrouded in a blanket the only indication that it is Jesus is the visible wounds on the feet. The life-size sculpture has enough room that someone is able to sit on the bench.

Only one Homeless Jesus Sculpture is installed in each major city around the world. The creator of the Homeless Jesus is Timothy Schmaltz who has been sculpting religious pieces for more than 25 years. He personally sculpts every original small masterpiece complete with his signature.

Timothy believes that this work can raise awareness of the marginalized and inspire society to be more compassionate and charitable and to act upon that inspiration. It may also lift the spirits of the marginalized as well so that they might see Christ within themselves. 

In agreement with this message Pope Francis blessed the original model of the sculpture in 2013 and the Vatican was given this model to keep in their archives.

First Church Miami wants to include all who want to give to this special symbol for our city! If you would like to give you can go directly to this PayPal Account and make sure to note that your donation will go to the “Homeless Jesus”. You can also write a check and mail it directly to the following address to ensure no fees are taken out of your gift.

FUMC Miami
400 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33133
(please put “Homeless Jesus” in the memo portion of your check)

All gifts of $500 or more will receive a naming opportunity on a special plaque that will be placed in the church lobby and at the statue. All gifts of $1000 or more will also receive in addition to a naming opportunity a small replica of the statue.

To read more about this sculpture you can visit the website of Timothy Schmaltz:

https://www.sculpturebytps.com/large-bronze-statues-and-sculptures/homeless-jesus/

To read an article about the work you can visit:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2013/11/28/homeless-jesus-statue-admired-by-pope-francis.html