Relief & Development


Christian Organizations
Initially prepared by Stephen Bauman

 
 
 

Adventist Development & Relief Agency: The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), formed in 1984, is an independent, humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief.

American Leprosy Mission: Founded in 1906, American Leprosy Missions (ALM) provides care to people around the world with leprosy and related disabilities. ALM is a non-denominational Christian ministry of hope and restoration for those suffering with this disease.

Baptist World Aid: For 80 years BWA have been working to entrust, empower, and enable the indigenous Baptist leadership to carry out programs of emergency relief, sustainable development, and fellowship assistance. 

Blessings International: Blessings International, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1981 for the purpose of obtaining pharmaceuticals for treating indigent patients in developing nations. At that time, Harold Harder, Ph.D. and President of Blessings International, was an academic pharmacologist and found that the other organizations existing at that time lacked what he considered to be many of the essential medicines for use in developing countries where tropical diseases prevail. These were the very pharmaceuticals about which he used to lecture medical and graduate students. Having a background in pharmacology, he chose to limit the types of products Blessings would handle to medicines, although they now carry a number of essential hospital and surgical supplies as well. Blessings International now sends medicines to over 130 countries, with an administrative cost of 0.5%.

Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church: BWM represents the Moravian Church in overseas ministries in medical projects, education, and development.

Bright Hope International: Bright Hope International works through local churches in 42 countries to provide food, jobs and eternal hope to the world's poorest people.

Call to ActionCall To Action USA is an independent national organization of over 22,000 people and 40 local organizations who believe the Spirit of God is at work in the whole church, not just in its appointed leaders. We believe the entire Catholic church has the obligation of responding to the needs of the world and taking initiative in programs of peace and justice.

Catholic Relief ServicesCRS provides direct aid to the poor, and involves people in their own development, helping them to realize their potential. And CRS educates the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our brothers and sisters around the world by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

Cause Canada: CAUSE Canada makes the poor the focus of our assistance because Christ made them the focus of His concern.

Childcare International: Meeting the needs of the poor, with emphasis on the children, through a social, medical and spiritual ministry based upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Childcare International's primary objective is to care for children in need. They are the ones who suffer the most in any emergency crisis. Through our programs, children are effectively being helped through feeding programs, education, medical treatment, child-focused self-help projects and evangelism

Children's Medical Ministries: Children's Medical Ministries (CMM) is a compassion service organization in the Christian tradition that has over 700 volunteer health care professionals committed to serving the poor and needy orphan children throughout the world with food, shelter, clothes, medicine, wheelchairs, prosthesis and providing primary healthcare programs. CMM was founded by Bill and Erma Collins in 1988, as a nonprofit, nondenominational, all volunteer ministry predicated on the following concepts.

Christ for the City International: A multicultural fellowship of God's people who share common values, theology and ministry philosophy, and are committed to the multiplication which impact cities in strategic populations of the world.

Child FundChristian Children's Fund creates an environment of hope and respect for needy children of all cultures and beliefs in which they have opportunities to achieve their full potential, and provides practical tools for positive change - to children, families and communities.

Christian Environmental AssociationThe Christian Environmental Association administers various programs, including retreats, short term mission opportunities, training, and research. The CEA also publishes Target Earthmagazine.

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: Working with the poor and their communities for sustainable change through church-based programs in development, relief and justice education.     

Church World ServiceBorn in the aftermath of World War II, today Church World Service is 36 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions in the U.S., cooperating worldwide in programs of long-term development, emergency response, and assistance to refugees.

Compassion International: In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Covenant World Relief: The relief and development arm of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Discipling for Development: Discipling for Development (previously Mission: Moving Mountains) is a Ministry with Navigators. We are inter-denominational and evangelical, with more than 40 missionaries based in countries in East and West Africa.

ECHO, Inc.: ECHO—Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization—is a non-profit, Christian organization actively involved in networking global hunger solutions. Our primary mandate is to strengthen the ministries of missionaries and national churches as they work with small rural farmers and urban gardeners in the Third World.  Assistance is also offered to development organizations and Peace Corps workers doing similar work.  ECHO is a growing network for sharing information, ideas, seeds for plants, training, techniques, books, and solutions to problems

ELCA Division of Global MissionThe Division for Global Mission (DGM) is the channel through which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America expresses itself in mission throughout the world. It sees itself to be an interdependent part of the whole church's mission in the world. With this, DGM engages the members and resources of the ELCA in mission around the world through involvement in evangelism, witness, education, promotion of justice, service, relief and development.

endPoverty.org: Enterprise Development International follows God's call to enable the poor to free themselves from poverty. This mission is accomplished by offering business training to low-income persons who have the potential and the desire to become self-supporting; providing small loans to poor entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas but need capital; and mentoring participants through ongoing personal and professional encouragement

Evangelical Environmental Network: This unique evangelical ministry was initiated by World Vision and Evangelicals for Social Action as part of a growing movement among Christians to respond faithfully to our biblical mandate for caring stewardship of God's creation. EEN was formed because we recognize many environmental problems are fundamentally spiritual problems.

Farms International: FARMS International is a Christian ministry that serves the church by equipping families in poverty with the means for self-support.  Working through the local church, FARMS provides loans, technical support for income generating projects and spiritual training for families. 

Feed the Children: Feed The Children is a nonprofit, Christian, charitable organization providing physical, spiritual, educational, vocational/technical, psychological, economic and medical assistance and other necessary aid to children, families, and persons in need in the United States and internationally.

Floresta USA: Floresta, a Christian nonprofit organization, reverses deforestation and poverty in the world, by transforming the lives of the rural poor.

Food for the Hungry: Food for the Hungry is an international organization of Christian motivation, committed to working with poor people to overcome hunger and poverty through integrated self-development and relief programs. Relief efforts include famines in Africa, typhoons in Southeast Asia, floods in the United States, and earthquakes in Central America.

Food for the PoorFood for the Poor raises funds and provides direct relief assistance to the poor, usually by purchasing specifically requested materials and distributing them through the churches and charity organizations already operating in areas of need. In this way, the organization serves the poor with dignity and ensures the most appropriate use of donors' funds.

Gleaning for the World seeks to provide life saving support to communities in critical need throughout the world by applying a powerful concept that we call "Gleaning"™. We provide surplus medical and essential supplies to humanitarian projects worldwide.

Health Care Ministries: HealthCare Ministries (HCM) is the Assemblies of God Worldwide Medical Missions Outreach, a ministry of the Assemblies of God Foreign Missions. 

Heifer Project InternationalHeifer Project animals (and training in their care) offer hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.

Hope Haven: Hope Haven, based in Rock Valley, Iowa, reaches out in the name of Jesus with love, hope, and opportunity. Today, we provide multiple services that meet diverse needs at 42 program sites in 22 communities. Hope Haven International Ministries has delivered 20,862 wheelchairs to 76 countries.

Hope International Development Agency: HOPE International Development Agency is a Canadian-based international development agency. HOPE's mandate is to provide alternative technological and educational support to people in developing countries where environmental, economic, and/or social circumstances have interfered with the ability of local communities to sustain themselves by using traditional methods. Every project we do is initiated by requests from local representatives.

International Aid: International Aid links caring people and organizations with Christian partners worldwide, changing lives through the power of compassion.

International Justice Mission: The International Justice Mission is a Christian ministry, led by human rights professionals, that helps people suffering injustice and oppression who cannot rely on local authorities for relief. The ministry documents and monitors conditions of abuse and oppression, educates the church and public about the abuses, and mobilizes intervention on behalf of the victims.

Learn to Earn: An indigenous South African holistic ministry with three operational centers that offers training in practical, business and spiritual courses to the unemployed as a means of offering them a hand up rather than a hand out. "Through a wholistic approach, we seek to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually."

Lutheran World ReliefLutheran World Relief works in overseas development and relief on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

MAP International: MAP International is a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization. Our mission is to promote the total health of people living in the world's poorest communities. MAP envisions a world in which individuals, families and communities have the hope and capacity to build conditions that promote Total Health

LifeWind International (formerly Medical Ambassadors International): Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) recruits, trains, and supports national leaders among developing people to take responsibility to reach their own people physically and spiritually. Committed to an integrated ministry, MAI trains nationals in basic preventative and curative medical care, as well as training them to evangelize and disciple their neighbors. The results are healthier families, more self-reliant communities, and stronger churches--new and existing.

Mennonite Mission Network: Mennonite Board of Missions extends the whole gospel to a broken world by building holistic communities of faith in 46 countries.

Mennonite Central CommitteeMennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. MCC reflects the biblical call to care for the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the sick and those in prison.

Mercy Ships: Mercy Ships utilizes ocean-going vessels to bring hope and healing to the poor and needy in port areas around the world. The organization encourages societal change by following Christ's example, mobilizing volunteers to serve others through medical care, relief, community development, and training.

Mission Aviation Fellowship: Mission Aviation Fellowship is helping to fulfill the Great Commission with a fleet of 81 aircraft on 41 bases flying in remote and isolated regions of 19 countries worldwide, telecommunications servicing 32 countries: electronic mail, electronic conferencing, Web site hosting, satellite phones and HF/VHF radio, and warehousing, shipping, and demographic mapping services for Christian agencies worldwide.

Mission of Mercy: As a Christian relief and development agency, Mission of Mercy's philosophy is to provide for the basic human needs of less fortunate people without regard to gender, religion, social or ethnic origin. Mission of Mercy seeks to help individuals discover truth through example and principle.

Mission Without Borders: An international Christian organization, founded in 1960, dedicated to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those suffering the effects of poverty or persecution.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries: Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, as part of the Church of the Nazarene, is dedicated to facilitating the practice of Christian compassion by responding to pressing human needs and addressing the root cause of problems confronting the poor and the powerless.

Northwest Medical Teams International: Northwest Medical Teams is a non-profit, humanitarian aid relief/development organization whose mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ to those in crisis by sending volunteer response teams, distributing humanitarian aid and by providing community development and children's ministry programs

Operation Blessing International: Operation Blessing demonstrates God's love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. In efforts to relieve human suffering Operation Blessing combats hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. Operation Blessing also help facilitate the development of healthy, vibrant and self-sustaining communities by addressing larger issues of education, food security, potable water, employment, community health, and disaster mitigation projects.

Opportunity International: Opportunity International provides opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives. It's strategy is to create jobs, stimulate small business, and strengthen communities among the poor. its method is to work through indigenous partner organizations that provide small business loans, training, and counsel. Opportunity's commitment is motivated by Jesus Christ's call to serve the poor.

Presbyterian Hunger ProgramFor over thirty years, the PHP has provided a channel through which Presbyterians can be engaged in the fight against hunger -- in the United States and around the World.  The work of the PHP is guided by the General Assembly adopted Common Affirmation on Global Hunger.

Reformed Church World Service: The relief and development program for the Reformed Church in America, RCWS works through mission personnel and partners around the world to provide emergency relief to disaster victims and development as a long-term solution to overcome hunger and poverty.

Salvation Army World Service Office: Internationally the Salvation Army works in just over 100 countries using more than 140 languages. There are over 14,000 Corps (centers for worship) as well as a wide range of social, medical, educational and other community services.

Samaritan's Purse: 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, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ.

Shelter Now InternationalSNI's purpose is to "respond quickly and with compassion to those who as a result of war, persecution or natural disaster are homeless and in desperate need of shelter and in doing so to be instruments of God's love for all people and especially the poor." 

United Board for World MinistriesUCBWM is the vehicle of the United Church of Christ for the planning and conduct of its program of global missions, development, and emergency relief.

United Methodist Committee on ReliefFormed in 1940 in response to the suffering of WWII. UMCOR has expanded its ministry into more than 70 countries to minister with compassion through programs and services which provide immediate relief and long-term attention to the root causes of their need.

Viva NetworkViva Network is an international family of networks set up to link Christians working with 'children at risk' world-wide.

World Concern: World Concern is an international Christian relief and development organization serving more than four million people in 27 countries each year. Founded in 1955, World Concern is strengthening families and helping people become self-reliant through food and work programs

World Emergency Relief: World Emergency Relief (WER) is an interdenominational fellowship of Christians around the world, working together to help people in need. Underlying World Emergency Relief's efforts are God's love for this world He created, the physical, emotional and spiritual emergencies afflicting millions, and the relief we can bring to hurting people, thanks to God's unending mercy coupled with the generosity of our donors.

World Hope International: Motivated by Jesus' demonstration to serve the poor and needy, World Hope International integrates spiritual and physical ministry by assisting people in more than 27 nations to become self-sufficient through economic projects, microenterprise, agricultural development, infrastructure improvement (well digging, sewage systems, etc.), education projects, literacy training, child sponsorship, and leadership development.

World Relief Corporation: For more than fifty years, World Relief—the international assistance and refugee resettlement arm of the National Association of Evangelicals—has enabled U.S. Churches to be a lifeline to evangelical churches around the world. Since its inception in 1944, World Relief has concentrated on agriculture and food production; disaster and emergency relief; micro enterprise development, cooperatives and credit; migration and refugee services; and public health, nutrition and child survival.

World Vision: World Vision is an international Christian relief and development organization working to promote the well being of all people—especially children. Established in 1950 to care for orphans in Asia, World Vision has grow to embrace the larger issues of community development and advocacy for the poor in its mission to help children and their families build sustainable futures. Working on six continents, World Vision is one of the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world.