What is my purpose?
I, Martin Marquez, am a Christian author writing books and blogs to help be a blessing to other people in some way or another. I share life lessons I have learned in hopes that readers can learn from me and not learn the hard way, how I have learned most everything. Learning the hard way can be rough and emotional in negative ways. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV
Why do I write?
The books I write are Bible based self-help books for adults and lesson based children's picture books for kids around 8-12 years old. As a man of humble beginnings I know how it is to live poor and I wish to help as many people as I can. I myself have been homeless twice, once alone and once with a wife and child. My heart breaks for those that have no home to call their own. I am not only sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through my books but have prayed upon and decided to donate a small portion of my book profits (5%, which is also above my tithing of 10%) to local organizations that help the homeless and poor. My passion for lost souls goes beyond the spiritual and seeking to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have also chosen to give an extra 5% to a Bible institute for a total of 10% of my book profits going to charity. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 KJV
What is my goal?
My goal is to sell as many books as I can to place the gospel in the hands of people around the world but to also be able to donate as much as I can to agencies that help with physical needs of people as well.
Through prayer and godly council I have chosen Joy Junction for 2.5% and Roadrunner Food Bank for 2.5%. The Bible Institute is Beams Bible Ministry for 5%. I am not being sponsored nor do I make money from this. These donations are out of the kindness of my heart and desire to help people. "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulful the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 KJV
One thing I looked at before deciding on a company to support was how much of a donation actually goes to helping the people the donations are intended to help. Joy Junction spends 86% of donations on Program Services /Fundraising, and 7% on Community Education for a total of 93% of donations on helping the poor and homeless. With Roadrunner Food Bank over 97% of all expenditures (cash & in-kind) are used in the direct delivery of our core services. With these sort of numbers, they have been good stewards of the money and provisions they have access to.
* The text for the organizations comes straight from their websites.
What is Joy Junction?
Who they are:
Joy Junction is a 501(c)(3) faith-based church ministry that offers emergency and short-term essentials such as food, clothing, counseling, transportation, shelter to homeless women, children, and families throughout Albuquerque. Our guests can also receive an array of other services for their spiritual and emotional needs. We believe in giving the homeless a Hand Up, not a handout, to help them get back on their feet.
We rely on the kind generosity of individuals and corporations throughout New Mexico to help us continue our outreach ministry. Each day we serve as many as 300 people including as many as 60 to 80 children; over 200,000 meals are provided to the homeless in Albuquerque every year. Women, children, and families in need are accepted regardless of their race, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, age, color, or religion.
We are committed to providing for the basic physical needs as well as the spiritual needs of the homeless. Our faith-based ministry strives to help adults return to society as active, functional members able to assist others in similar situations. Whether this process takes a few days or a year, our guests may stay with us as long as necessary including a stay in our long-term transitional housing.
What is Roadrunner Food Bank?
Who they are:
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico has been serving New Mexico’s hungry since 1980 thanks to a vision by founder Reverend Titus Scholl. Reverend Scholl started the organization by distributing food to the hungry out of the trunk of a car.
From those humble beginnings much has changed in Roadrunner’s 35+ year history. The Food Bank has had three different homes (a building on Edith Blvd., an old potato chip factory on Baylor, and currently a renovated food distribution facility on Office Blvd.).
– Feed every hungry person today –
– Seed partnerships that build self-sufficiency for tomorrow –
– Lead to achieve our vision of permanently ending hunger in New Mexico –
To permanently end hunger in New Mexico.
The Bible institute:
Beams Bible Ministry:
Although several ministries print tracts and New Testaments for missionaries, few ministries provide them with whole, hardback Bibles, free of charge. Therefore, this has become the primary purpose of BEAMS. We raise funds through offerings from local, independent, Bible-believing Baptist churches to purchase and supply whole, hardback Bibles for missionaries to give to those who are saved on the foreign mission fields.
Since 1997, under Dr. Freret's leadership, the BEAMS ministry has grown from supplying 50 Bibles a month to up to 10,000... from serving 12 missionaries to over 3,000 missionaries and national workers... and from three countries to more than 130 countries around the world!
We supply only King James Bibles in English or its equivalent in other languages. If you would like to help supply Bibles for missionaries, contact us at , 228-832-1096 or 228-832-3578.
Beams is located and based out of Gulfport, Mississippi.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40 KJ
The Albuquerque Journal posted an article stating:
"According to the Point-In-Time, or PIT, count, 1,524 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people were counted – 206 more than the 2017 PIT count that recorded 1,318 homeless people in the city limits."
We truly have a big problem with homeless and poor in our city. We can't just leave it up to the city to fix this. If you have the means to take action it is your responsibility do do so.