ACTS (Active Community Team Services) has provided assistance to nearly 2 million people through its 17,000 volunteers since 2004. 44 million dollars worth of donated supplies, water, ice, 510,000 hot meals and medical services and supplies have been distributed during various times of disaster. ACTS is unique in their means of providing humanitarian services. They specifically focus on training high school youth and college-age young adults in the United States as well as abroad to empower others in service. Their mission statement is providing leadership to empower youth volunteers to active community service as a way of sharing the love of Christ, especially during times of disaster.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency was initiated by the Seventh-Day Adventist church. The basis for its existence, its reason for being, is to follow Christ’s example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need. ADRA seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries. The agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA invests in the potential of these individuals through community development initiatives targeting food security, economic development, primary health and basic education. ADRA’s emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors.
AERDO, the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations, was founded in 1978. It represents a network of more than 60 of the major evangelical Christian relief and development agencies across North America. AERDO is a professional forum for non-profit Christian agencies and individuals engaged in relief and development work. AERDO exists to promote excellence in professional practice; to foster networking, collaboration and information exchange; and to enable its membership to effectively support the Church in serving the poor and needy.
AG Crisis Response provides funds for the most urgent relief needs in the more than 200 countries and territories in which Assemblies of God World Missions works. More than 2,500 U.S. missionaries minister within a network of more than 270,000 local congregations throughout the world.
Founded in 1906, American Leprosy Missions provides care to people around the world with leprosy and with Buruli ulcer and related disabilities. ALM is a non-denominational Christian ministry of hope and restoration for those suffering with these diseases. American Leprosy Missions is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States devoted to restoring the lives of people affected by leprosy and related conditions worldwide through holistic cure and care.
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
The vision of Bright Hope is to bring hope to those living on less than one dollar a day. The mission of Bright Hope is to provide for the physical, economic and spiritual needs of people living at the lowest economic level through personal, empowering, holistic, local church partnerships. Bright Hope helps thousands of the poorest families in the world break out of poverty and come to know the Lord Jesus as Savior.
The Center for Global Development is an independent, nonprofit policy research organization that is dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and to making globalization work for the poor. Through a combination of research and strategic outreach, the Center actively engages policy makers and the public to influence the policies of the United States, other rich countries, and such institutions as the World Bank, the IMF, and the World Trade Organization to improve the economic and social development prospects in poor countries.
The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College helps churches help the poor to help themselves. The methods used center on the person of Jesus Christ. They believe that He is the only One who can give poor people the dignity, hope, and power they need to restore them to being what God created them to be: workers who can sustain themselves and bring glory to God in the process. They offer training for churches to minister to poor communities in the Majority World—Africa, Asia, and Latin America—as well as the US/Canadian context. This training is available through web-deployed distance learning courses, self-study courses, and week-long training institutes held throughout the world in partnership with churches and ministries.
Chrysalis International, Inc. is a non-profit educational institute that disciples Christian leaders around the world who are called to break the cycle of ignorance and the poverty of ideas in the Church by teaching the knowledge and application of Biblical principles for education and self-government to transform the culture for Christ. CI provides Christian Education Vision Conferences and Teacher Training Programs based on a nation-building model that lays Christ and His Word as the foundation for renewing the mind, building a biblical, Christian worldview, and inspiring fresh vision to transform education. In addition, Chrysalis serves leaders and school founders through individual consultations and discipleship.
CitiHope International seeks to become the best global Christian humanitarian relief and development service agency by delivering tangible help in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, food for the hungry and training for healthcare providers worldwide.
Comcare Aid Project is a relief and development organization whose objective is alleviating human injustice and suffering by offering total community care through education and training, community health and medical care, small and medium enterprise development for income generation, and sustainable agricultural assistance.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 25 countries.
Convoy of Hope mobilizes, resources, and trains churches and other groups to conduct community outreaches, respond to disasters, and direct other compassion initiatives in the United States and around the world. COH serves in the United States and around the world providing disaster relief, building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor and hurting in communities.
Cross International helps the poor through a variety of Christian outreaches worldwide. Their projects include food, water, orphans, housing, education, medical, self-help, and shipping. Cross International was born out of the vision of two ministries with a heart for the poor—Christian Children’s Charity and the Kielar Family Foundation. Founded in the 1990’s, these organizations discovered that they shared a call to expand their vision to help the suffering poor worldwide.
CrossLink International is a non-profit, Christian ministry that provides medical humanitarian aid. They equip medical mission teams, local free clinics and mission hospitals with customized orders of medicines, supplies and eyeglasses.
CURE International transforms the lives of disabled children and their families in the developing world through medical and spiritual healing, serving all by establishing specialty teaching hospitals, building partnerships, and advocating for these children. CURE is focused on providing training and education programs to national medical professionals. These individuals then have the knowledge and skills to share with others and raise the standard of care in their countries.
In 1993, EFCA TouchGlobal, (which was at that time called EFCA Compassion Ministries), existed as not much more than a dream to assist with relief work for ReachGlobal, the EFCA international mission. The onslaught of world crises in the mid-1990’s propelled the ministry into becoming more actively involved in the role of crisis response. Through those crises, new church planting efforts were begun, while others were significantly strengthened. From 1996-2000, over $1 million was given through EFCA Compassion Ministries to impact the church planting work in over 20 different countries around the world.
Engineering Ministries International is a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope. They design facilities that serve the poor in developing countries. These facilities (including hospitals, orphanages, schools, clean water projects and more) directly impact communities by meeting physical needs and communicating God’s love in a practical way.
FARMS International is a ministry devoted to doing good for Christians in poverty, by helping them come out of poverty while preserving their dignity and avoiding dependency. FARMS International is a biblical approach to releasing families from poverty through stewardship and revolving entrepreneurial loans.
Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster. Feed The Children’s international programs focus on providing food, medical assistance, emergency relief, and creating sustainable development. Since 1979, they have provided food, clothing, medical assistance, and educational opportunities to those in need in more than 119 nations around the world. Through schools, orphanages and church-related programs, Feed The Children touches the lives of millions of children. A key goal is to help families in need move past needing help and into becoming self-sufficient members of their community. Through long-term, self-help development programs funded by grants and individual donors, thousands of families in countries around the world have increased their ability to be self-sufficient by learning and applying new, marketable skills.
FEI exists to share Christ’s love with those affected by poverty, disaster and sickness in the U.S. and around the world. They address urgent needs around the world by mobilizing volunteers to help initiate and sustain long-term projects and relationships. It is a faith-based missions and relief organization that addresses the urgent needs of afflicted people worldwide. By mobilizing hundreds of volunteers each year, FEI alleviates suffering through disaster-response work, healthcare projects and programs for at-risk children.
There is a growing desire for churches and individuals in the US today to do ‘good deeds’ in other nations. Unfortunately our good intentions often do more harm than good. Giving used clothing, for example, can put local merchants out of business. Feeding programs can develop unhealthy dependency. This book attempts to look at the biblical mandate for compassion, then lays out best practice principles that look at social injustices, the role of the church in compassion, avoiding dependency and helps readers understand what ‘sustainability’ really means and how it can be achieved in partnership with local stakeholders. It is a must read for anyone thinking of doing missions or a short-term intervention for their own community or in other countries.
The Foundation for Sustainable Development works with seven overlapping development subjects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Each of the ten program locations provide a range of opportunities to intern or volunteer abroad in micro-finance, health, environment, youth and education, women’s empowerment, community development and human rights. These development subjects make up the prominent social, health, environmental, and economic obstacles that prevent communities from rising out of poverty. By understanding how these issues and their related solutions build upon each other, FSD is able to facilitate development in a sustainable and culturally appropriate manner. They work with over 200 community-based organizations whose programs reflect a comprehensive understanding of these development subjects.
HOPE International is a Christian faith-based, non-profit organization focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through micro-enterprise development. HOPE believes that micro-finance can be a powerful force in changing the world for the better and that loving people as Christ loved others means caring for both physical and spiritual needs. HOPE ministers to the poor in over a dozen countries, working in the hard places and thriving there.
Established in 1975, Hope International Development Agency’s mission is to enable people in the developed world to connect with people in the poorest communities on earth through compassionate giving and other opportunities to help. Their work creates long-term, self-sustaining benefits for people by teaching them income-generating skills and further developing family and community infrastructures, like clean water, education, vocational training, sustainable agriculture practices, disease prevention, revolving loan funds and community planning methods.
International Aid is on a mission to transform lives by offering practical solutions to critical health care needs in the world. Through their quality health care services, training programs and HydrAid BioSand water filter, they serve the poor, the thirsty, the sick and the weary. As they care for physical needs, International Aid also addresses the deepest needs of the human spirit. In partnership with churches, mission agencies and other organizations and individuals, they collaborate in sowing the seeds of health and hope.
International Crisis Aid’s mission is to assist in sustaining life, bring encouragement to those suffering and collaborate with other relief organizations in bringing necessary foods, materials and medicines to people in times of crisis, particularly where life and death situations exist. All assistance and resources are traditionally secured in the country of need when possible, so as to develop relations with the local business people and foster a true spirit of cooperation. Demonstrating God’s love and care for people is their highest and most cherished goal. To accomplish this vision they target their efforts in “no-go zones” where other organizations cannot or will not go.
LifeWind is part of an international network of people who are passionately committed to holistic mission in the name of Jesus. They believe that practical action and prayer are equally indispensable for transforming lives physically, socially, and spiritually. Founded in 1980 and originally known as Medical Ambassadors International, they became a leading proponent of Community Health Evangelism (CHE), a proven strategy for bringing about profound changes in impoverished communities.
The mission of Medical Teams International is to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. They are a Christian global health organization sending teams of volunteer health professionals to carry out disaster relief, long-term development and community health programs in collaboration with local partners.
Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization with a mission to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human suffering in the United States and around the world. Through core programs of disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, orphan care, water wells and community development, OBI has helped more than 202 million people in more than 105 countries and all 50 states, providing goods and services valued at more than $1.4 billion.
Opportunity International strives to reach the world’s poorest people through its micro-enterprise development programs. Recognizing that the large majority of the world’s poorest people are women and that they contribute decisively to the well-being of their families, Opportunity makes it a priority to support programs that serve the particular needs of women. Opportunity provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than a million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in almost 30 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty and natural disasters.
The mission of Shelter For Life International is to demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to rebuild their communities and restore their lives. In order for communities to become sustainable, SFL projects consist of integrated construction and community development activities. Construction programs include new shelters, schools, clinics, and infrastructure. Whenever possible, construction projects are implemented with grassroots community development programs focusing on community health, economic development, community projects, and local capacity building.
Each year more than 500,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth, and less than 10 million children die before their fifth birthday—nearly 40 percent of these in the first month of life. But evidence shows that at least 6 million of these lives can be saved each year with proven, cost-effective interventions. The Partnership is a global health partnership and joins the maternal, newborn and child health communities into an alliance of almost 260 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive.
Some of the things World Concern endeavors to do include caring for AIDS orphans, rebuilding homes after disasters, fighting child trafficking, providing business loans to poor women, teaching men sustainable agriculture, and digging water wells. Their goal is to relieve human suffering and to bring hope and reconciliation to the people they serve. Their inspiration and motivation comes from Jesus, who taught us to care for the poor, the forgotten, the despised and the marginalized. They provide opportunities to the poor, focusing on basic needs, sustainable livelihoods and family stability.
Established in 1989, World Harvest is an international humanitarian relief and development, faith-based non-profit organization. World Harvest serves all people in need throughout the world, regardless of their religion or ethnicity. World Harvest works toward impacting the world through three main pillars: community, education, and media services.
World Hope International is a faith-based relief and development organization alleviating suffering and injustice through education, enterprise and community health. WHI is currently bringing hope and healing to over 30 countries worldwide. Their four core values are transformation, empowerment, sustainability and collaboration.
World Relief is a U.S.-based NGO, working with evangelical churches across the globe to bring relief to suffering people. World Relief works alongside local churches and communities on four continents to serve the most vulnerable. Their mission is empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable, and their vision is in community with the local Church. World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people.