Bridging the Divide to Minister to People On All Sides: An Interview with Pastor Paul Bains
“People can tell me no all day long, but if God says yes, that’s where we’re going.”
This is how Pastor Paul Bain thinks about his ministry in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the co-founder and President of Project WeHOPE, a ministry focused on helping marginalized individuals and families. WeHOPE employs close to 100 people through through their shelters, emergency food, and job training programs.
People can tell me no all day long, but if God says yes, that’s where we’re going.
In this interview with Pastor Bains, Bryan Feller and Elbert Paul dig into what drives Pastor Bains as he continues to find ways to combat homelessness, minister to the poor, and show God’s love to first responders and law enforcement. These are not easy times in which to do the work that God has called Pastor Bains. But he is not backing off. In fact he’s accelerating. WeHOPE is launching a new joint venture with indieDwell to build a factory in East Palo Alto that will employe more people and create affordable housing units in the Silicon Valley.
Pastor Bains credits God for the success of these private and public entities. Many of the ways in which the pieces of these complex puzzles have come together could not have been scripted, says Pastor Bains.
“A lot of times, people say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,'” he says. “But God has blessed and anointed our footsteps. They were ordered by him.”
And here we are, close to 100 employees later touching 5,000 people in need every year with food and shelter through projects that bring city officials, private givers, and Christian ministry leaders together to accomplish God’s will.