What do charities like Compassion International, Send a Cow and the Leprosy Mission all have in common? They are all Christian charities that have been set up to alleviate suffering.
There are many organisations worldwide that have been started by Christians, seeking to help others and inspired by the teachings of the Bible. They were usually started to meet a need either globally, nationally or locally to show the love of God in practical ways. They may be charities like Samaritans Purse, helping those affected by humanitarian disasters; or A Rocha, who work to raise awareness of environmental issues; or the Salvation Army, who aim to help people overcome social problems such as homelessness, debt, family breakdown and isolation. Christian organisations often campaign on issues of concern, and Christians are active voices in politics lobbying for social change.
How do they operate? Often in partnership with churches and the community. Christian organisations see themselves as the Church in action and able to work on a bigger scale than just local churches or a few Christians working together. Many are funded by Christians who regularly give money to them (e.g. every month) out of their own salary. Some charities depend on volunteers giving their time to help out – for example, local food banks are staffed by Christians who give an evening or two a week for free. Christians see giving time and money as a way of worshipping and pleasing God.
In this section, you will find that there are many reasons why organisations with a Christian ethos develop, and that there are many interesting and creative responses to social needs coming from religious groups. Why not start by finding out about the work of Tearfund? Or discover what’s special about a Traidcraft shop?Bookmark