"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." So said Jesus, just part of His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. That entire beautiful sermon gives us purpose and direction, and we want to remember that it was in humility and gentleness that Christ taught his disciples how a flourishing human life is available in Him. Salvation isn't just life in the here-after but an abundant life now. No, not material prosperity the way some want it, but abundance. Abundance in relationships, relationship with God, with self, with each other, and even with His world.
So Inherit the Earth exists to walk with God alongside of the "whosoevers," along the byways and in the ditches, with the have-nots and the have-too-muchs.
To that end, we exist to help people move towards stabilizing their housing situation, health, and life circumstances within the context of Christ glorifying and Gospel shaped relationships.
We get to be friends with lots of different people, here are some of them!
RAYMOND MOREHOUSE, PhD, M.Litt., M.Div., MA
Founder and Executive Director
In 2016, having just completed a PhD in New Testament at the University of St Andrews, I moved back to my home town of Redlands CA to start a street ministry to the homeless. The first five years of this ministry was spent volunteering and working with wonderful existing organizations, and in 2021 my wife, Mary Blake, and I launched Inherit the Earth Outreach to continue and expand the work that God was doing through our ministry. I'm an ordained minister, and have been involved in some form of full-time ministry, either academically or within a church, for nearly 20 years. When I'm not out and about, I'm at home with Mary Blake and three amazing kids.
Board Member and Pastor
I'm a Christ-follower who is married to Sandy; we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. During my 30 years in law enforcement I learned that our government was not able to solve the homeless “problem." People, all of us, need our hearts transformed by Jesus. About a dozen years ago Sandy and I began trying to help the homeless community in Redlands “find” and follow Jesus by opening up our home. Here people can experience Jesus during breakfast, the home-worship service, showers, laundry, lunch, or in the afternoon Bible Study. Those who chose to can volunteer with us, and disciplining opportunities occur all week long. Because I have been redeemed by Jesus I seek to share the Good News with anyone willing to listen.
JOHN MILLS, MA
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LORRIE HINKLEMAN, DrPH, MPH
The following Bible verse is a guiding principle of my life, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians. 5:7. I spent 30 years with the County of San Bernardino as a Medical Technologist, then Public Health Nutritionist, and retired as Program Coordinator for the county-wide WIC program. I had planned to become an Orientation and Mobility Instructor and spend my retirement years volunteering with the blind in memory of our daughter who lost her sight when she was 25 years old, then her battle with cancer at age 29. However, God had a different path he wanted me to follow. For the last 8 years, I have worked with a variety of Inland Empire non-profits who help our homeless and at-risk neighbors. God has richly blessed me with many new friends and adventures through this work. I have lived in Redlands for 42 years with my husband John, who fervently supports my volunteer activities. We have been married for 52 years, have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and are long-time members of Christ the King Lutheran Church.
LAURA HOOD, CPA
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