Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Impact on modern society

Have Christians positively effected our society?   It's been claimed that committed Christians have laid a foundation of compassion and caring in Western societies.   Is this true?
Here are some examples along with links for further reading.



The Church is the largest single provider of healthcare and education in the world, working especially in some of the poorest countries where there is no other care available.  (Catholic church that is.   Adding Evangelical church schools/hospitals means there is no close second provider.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role_of_the_Catholic_Church_in_Western_civilization#Education



The Church pioneered modern Social Work.   Eg:  Jane Addams
Jane Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.    Also co-founded the first settlement house in the US.  The Settlement Movement sought to bridge the gap between rich and poor in society:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlement_house


London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (London SPCC) 
After campaigning from SPCC and the wider Church, the UK’s first ever law to protect children from abuse and neglect came into being.  See Lord Shaftsbury , Rev B. Waugh


Save the Children.  This large relief agency was founded by Eglantyne Jebb who also campaigned for social reform in this area.  The Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the League of Nations.    She also pioneered the Child Sponsorship program.





• Camillus de Lellis - founder of the original "Red Cross" 
Thus De Lellis established the Order of Clerks Regular, Ministers to the Sick (abbreviated as M.I.), better known as the Camillians. His experience in wars led him to establish a group of health care workers who would assist soldiers on the battlefield.  This was the original Red Cross, hundreds of years before the International Red Cross Organization was formed.
Members of the Order also devoted themselves to victims of Bubonic plague.  A perilous work that no-one else seemed to want to do.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camillus_de_Lellis#Founder






• Clara Barton - founder and first president of the American Red Cross
She was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters.  She hoped to be a pioneer for women in service to her country.  She was probably the first woman to hold a government job.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Barton




Action for Children.  Pioneered the first "Children's Homes".  (top 20 biggest charities in the UK)
Its mission statement asserts that it is committed to helping the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people break through injustice, deprivation and inequality.  The charity works with over 50,000 children and young people whose families need support, who are in care, who are disabled or who experience severe difficulties in their lives through 480 projects, services and schools. It also promotes social justice through research and by lobbying and campaigning for change.  Founded by Methodist minister  Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1839-1912) who was "moved by the fate of street children in London."


Barnardo’s homes – world’s largest orphanage system.  Founded by Thomas John Barnardo.


 Churches were the first orphanages 
In the High Middle Ages, abandoning unwanted children finally eclipsed infanticide. Unwanted children were left at the door of church or abbey, and the clergy was assumed to take care of their upbringing. This practice also saw the birth of the first orphanages.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanticide



 From Roman times, advocacy against infanticide and polygamy etc.
Early Church Fathers advocated against polygamy, abortion, infanticide, child abuse...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role_of_the_Catholic_Church_in_Western_civilization#Roman_Empire





 Strengthening of marriage from Roman times
Church teaching heavily influenced the legal concept of marriage. During the Gregorian Reform, the Church developed and codified a view of marriage as a sacrament.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role_of_the_Catholic_Church_in_Western_civilization#Roman_Empire


Protection of young people in our society:  English Factory reform bill and anti-poor movement,- Richard Oastler


Campaign for the protection of children from abuse.  Passionate Christian Josephine Butler campaigned for the age of consent to be set and was a key figure in other social reforms. 



Care for the elderly and disabled in society.  Christians birthed Almshouse institutions as early as the 10th century.   Conditions in these Almshouses were not always good and there was a social stigma attached to them, however, Almshouses did their best to serve the local community with the little resources they had and cared for those who were abandoned by society. They were the forerunner of nursing homes and hospitals.   They sought to provide care for those who were no longer able to work.  Almshouses are still active today with some 2,600 in the UK alone.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almshouse


 Impact on language, literature and culture
The Authorized Version of the Bible has been called "the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language", "the most important book in English religion and culture", and "the most celebrated book in the English-speaking world".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version#Influence


 Impact on civil liberties
The Magna Carta is considered one of the most important documents in human history;  vitally important as an early foundation of law in Western society.  It is considered the founding document of English liberties and hence American liberties. The influence of Magna Carta can be seen in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Lord Denning described it as "the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot".  The man responsible for drafting it's content was Stephen Langton (Archbishop of Canterbury).  Various "Barons" were also implicated in the construction of the Magna Carta,  but Stephen Langton is believed to be the central architect.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Langton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta




 Impact on civil liberties
Rev.Martin Luther King Jr.,  a man of great courage and faith who was at the centre of the civil rights movement.   He continued despite attempts on his life including a fire bomb attack on his family home.  In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.   His father and grandfather were both ordained ministers.   The U.S. have declared the 3rd Monday in January to be an annual public holiday in his honour.  Written on his memorial are the concluding words from his "I have a dream speech":   ""Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.




Prison reform.  The Quakers pioneered prison reform during the Victorian age.  Suggested basic human rights for prisoners and teaching prisoners a trade etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_reform#United_Kingdom
Today, Prison Fellowship International (amongst other Christian ministries) works around the globe in prisons to help reform and rehabilitate prisoners:
http://www.pfi.org/media-and-news/news/copy16_of_index_html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_Fellowship_International


 The 7th Earl of Shaftsbury was inspired by his faith to do many things.
He became a Tory MP (Member of Parliament) in 1826, and almost immediately became a leader of the movement for factory reform. He was responsible for promoting a plethora of reform causes, including the Factory Acts of 1847 and 1853, the Ten Hour Bill, as well as the Mines and Collieries Act 1842 and the Lunacy Act 1845. One of his chief interests was the welfare of children, and he was chairman of the Ragged Schools Union and a keen supporter of Florence Nightingale. He was also involved as patron and president in the field of model dwellings companies, which sought to improve the housing of working classes in England.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Ashley-Cooper,_7th_Earl_of_Shaftesbury



 
Braille worldwide system used by blind and visually impaired people.
Louis Braille was an innovator.  Lying on his deathbed he said, “God was pleased to hold before my eyes the dazzling splendors of eternal hope…”  His system is now used on a worldwide basis. 



Pioneering free or low cost health care for the terminally ill in our society dying of cancer.
Macmillan nurses.
   Douglas Macmillan.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Macmillan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macmillan_Cancer_Support#History
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop created the first homes/treatment centers for cancer patients in the US.    St. Rose's Free Home for Incurable Cancer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Hawthorne_Lathrop




Promotion of International fair trade for the poorest societies in the world.   Tearfund.
Trade justice movement, Make Poverty History.  Richard Adams OBE.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Adams_%28Traidcraft%29



Habitat for Humanity, one of the largest charities in the US which internationally provides housing for the poor.  Founder Millard Fuller
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millard_Fuller



  Shelter - one of the UK's biggest charities dedicated to ministry amongst the homeless.
Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need, and tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelter_%28charity%29



Salvation Army,- disaster relief, homeless missions, charity shops,  caring for poor and downtrodden in many different countries.  In 1994, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, an industry publication, released the results of the largest study of charitable and non-profit organization popularity and credibility. The study showed that The Salvation Army was ranked as the 4th "most popular charity/non-profit in America" of over 100 charities researched with 47% of Americans over the age of 12 choosing Love and Like A Lot for The Salvation Army. Charity Watch rates the Salvation Army an "A-" to an "A".Founder William Booth




  Leprosy Missions.    Dr. Paul Wilson Brand was a pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy.  He spent 19 years serving in India.  During his career, Dr. Brand received many awards and honors. He was awarded the Hunterian professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1952 etc…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Wilson_Brand
Leprosy Mission International has over 130 years experience working with people that are considered “untouchable” in some societies.   Founded by Wellesley Bailey in the 1860s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellesley_Bailey
http://www.leprosymission.org/




• Kenneth L. Pike - World renowned linguist
Working for Wycliffe Bible translators, K.L. Pike became one of the worlds leading linguists with significant contributions to the field.   His book "Phonetics", "revolutionized the thinking in the field" according to Prof. Eric Hamp.   Hamp continues," It is fair to say that something like one half of all the raw data from exotic languages that has been placed at the disposal of theoretical linguists in the past quarter century can be attributed to the influence, and efforts of Kenneth Pike."  He originated the Tagmemics theory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Lee_Pike






 Dr. Carl Becker - Missionary Doctor and Leprosy expert
News of Dr. Beckers compassion spread and literally thousands of lepers sought out his help.  By the early 1950s he was treating some four thousand resident patients on an eleven hundred acre property.  Leprosy specialists worldwide also visited to learn from him, even the world's leading expert Dr. Robert Cochrane of Cambridge University was impressed with his findings.  He lived in hostile conditions in the Congo, Africa where other people might not care to go.
http://www.dacb.org/stories/congo/becker_carl.html





Sight to the blind.    Dr. Victor C Rambo was a passionate Christian who could have made a lot of money as a doctor in the US.  Instead he lived in India where he “worked from dawn ‘til dusk” operating on cataracts where little or no other help was available.   Literally thousands of patients were helped through his ministry who would have otherwise been left seriously visually impaired or gone blind.




Ministry to  young people in our society – YMCA founded in 1844. Nobel Peace Prize winners.  John Mott:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mott



World Vision, 1950 – child sponsorship, one of largest relief and development agencies in the US.  Founded by Dr. Robert Pierce




Samaritans Purse.  Humanitarian organisation reaching those suffering in war, poverty, famine, disease and disaster.   Franklin Graham



Education UK.   An overwhelming number of early education establishments were Christian before the State took over.
http://www.jstor.org/pss/1050784
 In the UK, faith schools (Christian and Jewish) dominate the league table of performance. Two thirds of the 50 best ­performing institutions were Church of England, Roman Catholic or Jewish.  This comes despite the fact that faith schools account for only one in every three schools.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338725/Faith-schools-leading-way-dominate-league-tables.html



Lech Wałęsa.  Devout Christian and charismatic president of Poland 1990-95.  World renowned  human rights activist.    Winner of numerous international awards including the Nobel Peace prize 1983 and awarded over 30 honorary doctorates from universities worldwide.    Co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Wa%C5%82%C4%99sa



Dr. Ida Scudder - Missionary Doctor to India
Dedicated her life to womens health in India.   Her reputation was so high that women and girls used to seek her out just to touch her.  Doctors all over India sent their most difficult gynecological cases to her.  She became so well known that a letter simply addressed "To: Dr. Ida, India" reached her in a country of over three hundred million people.   In 1918, she started one of Asia's foremost teaching hospitals.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_S._Scudder




David Bussau AM (born November 10, 1940) is a pioneer of microfinance, having founded Opportunity International Australia and co-founded the Opportunity International Network. He has been hailed for his innovative approach to solving world poverty by challenging the conventional wealth distribution model of development, addressing the root causes of poverty through responsible wealth creation.  According to the World Bank, micro-enterprise has proven to be one of the most effective and sustainable ways to solve poverty.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bussau


Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, LL.D., (December 10, 1787 – September 10, 1851) was a renowned American pioneer in the education of the deaf. He co-founded and raised funds for the first institution for the education of the deaf in North America.  For many years he was principal of that institution.  His son Edward Miner Gallaudet (1837–1917) founded in 1864 the first college for the deaf which in 1986 became Gallaudet University. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hopkins_Gallaudet


Charles Loring Brace (June 19, 1826 in Litchfield, Connecticut - August 11, 1890) was a contributing philanthropist in the field of social reform. He is considered a father of the modern foster care movement and was most renowned for starting the Orphan Train movement of the mid-19th century, and for founding The Children's Aid Society.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Loring_Brace


Despite being crippled himself, John Pounds (1766-1839) was the man most responsible for the creation of the concept of “Ragged Schools” (charitable schools dedicated to the free education of destitute children).  Working in the poorest districts, teachers  initially utilised stables, lofts, and railway arches for their classes.  The success of the Ragged Schools definitively demonstrated that there was a demand for education among the poor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pounds


Robert Raikes ("the Younger") (14 September 1736 – 5 April 1811) was an English philanthropist and Anglican layman, noted for his promotion of Sunday schools. Pre-dating state schooling and by 1831 schooling 1,250,000 children, they are seen as the first schools of the English state school system.
The movement started with a school for boys in the slums.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Raikes


Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (or Froebel) (April 21, 1782 – June 21, 1852) laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He developed the concept of the “kindergarten”, and also coined the word now used in German and English.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Fr%C3%B6bel


Supporting mothers and families worldwide - The Mothers' Union  (founded 1876)
Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. It main aim is to support marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity.
Particularly concerned with the plight of women in the world, its projects include literacy and development, parenting, micro finance and campaigning against violence against women and the trafficking of women. The Mothers' Union is part of Make Poverty History and the Jubilee Debt Coalition.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothers%27_Union


Pioneering education for women.   Mary Lyon 1797-1849.
She valued socioeconomic diversity and endeavored to make the seminary affordable for students of modest means.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Lyon
 


Thomas Cogan.  Humane Society.  A humane society is a group that aims to stop human or animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons, although in many countries, it is now used mostly for societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCAs). In the United Kingdom, it may also be a society that provides a waterways rescue, prevention, and recovery service, or that gives awards for the saving of human life (see: Royal Humane Society).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cogan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Humane_Society


Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals founded by Christians (William Wilberforce).  It is the oldest and largest animal welfare organisation in the world and is one of the largest charities in the UK.



One of the largest international literacy organisations in the world, SIL International, brings literacy  to thousands of the world's poorest language communities. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIL_International


Frank Laubach.  Committed Christian and pioneer of world literacy.   Known as the “Apostle to the Illiterates” the programs he developed have been used to teach about 60 million people to read their own language.  He was deeply concerned about poverty, injustice and illiteracy, and considered them barriers to peace in the world.


Food for the Poor.  Since 1982, Food for the Poor has distributed more than $8.2 billion worth of food, medicine, housing materials,water and other aid to the poor of the Caribbean and Latin America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_for_the_Poor


Meeting the needs of children in poverty-stricken areas.  Mission Of Mercy

George Mueller - orphanages and education
Mueller  took no salary for himself. By 1870 his orphanages had multiplied and they were caring for two thousand children.  He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused by some of “raising the poor above their natural station in life.”
http://74.84.206.112/ChurchHistory/11630420/

Pioneering International orphan care.  Amy Wilson Carmichael
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Carmichael


•  Dr. Helen Rosevere - missionary doctor to the Congo
Dr. Rosevere, a single missionary woman started a medical mission in the Nebobongo area of the Congo.  She trained national workers and invested a lot of time and energy into caring for local people.  She stayed on in Congo through politically unsettling times and suffered much abuse at the hands of rebels (beatings and rape).  Incredibly, despite this she endured and courageously returned to Congo to continue her mission work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Roseveare



• Jackie Pullinger MBE (born 1944) is a British Protestant Christian charismatic missionary to Hong Kong and founder of the St Stephen's Society. She has been ministering in Hong Kong since 1966. Her work has resulted in at least 500 drug addicts being saved from their drug addictions. The early years of her Hong Kong ministry are chronicled in the book Chasing the Dragon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Pullinger




 Christian Aid.  Christian Aid is one of the biggest international development agencies in the world. It was formed and is still supported by the major Christian churches in the British Isles. Its headquarters are in London. It works with local partner organizations in over 70 countries around the world to help the world's poorest communities. Christian Aid states it works where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, nationality or race.
Trade Justice
Development projects
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Aid



Education US.  Out of the initial 110 universities started in the US, 100 had Christian foundations.  


Temperance Movement to address the abuse of alcohol in society
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_movement#Temperance_movement_by_country


Pioneering surgery on infants.   Dr. C. Everett Koop.   Koop performed groundbreaking surgical procedures on conjoined twins, invented techniques which today are commonly used for infant surgery, and saved the lives of countless children who otherwise might have been allowed to die.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Everett_Koop#Career


  Michael Faraday.   Contributed extensively to the fields of Electromagnetism and Electrochemistry.
Known as “one of the most influential scientists in history. Historians of science refer to him as the best experimentalist in the history of science.”  Discovered Benzene, invented early form of Bunsen Burner.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Faraday
 


 Alcoholics  Anonymous helps 2 million people.  It's emergence was inspired by the Christian "Oxford Group".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholics_Anonymous#Oxford_Group_beginnings
Co-founder Bill claimed a dramatic spiritual experience of God.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W.#A_spiritual_program_for_recovery
Co-founder Dr. Bob Smith  said that AA's basic ideas came from their study of the Bible; the Steps, in essence meant "love and service."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Smith_%28doctor%29
Narcotics Anonymous is also based on the above mentioned 12-step program.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcotics_Anonymous


Pioneers of professional nursing and caring. The first official nurses’ training program, the Nightingale School for Nurses, opened in 1860. The mission of the school was to train nurses to work in hospitals, work with the poor, and to teach. Florence Nightingale "the mother of modern nursing".   She said that God had called her just before her 17th birthday.   Although later in life it is said that she wrote a document questioning the divinity of Christ, so it it unsure if she held to an orthodox Christian theology at that time.



Amnesty International.   Justice and liberty for oppressed people all over the world.
Started in 1961 by two Christians Peter Beneson and Eric Baker. 
Nobel Peace prize 1977 for campaign against torture.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesty_International#History




(UK) Recent research showed that 81% of evangelical Christians do some kind of voluntary work at least once a month. This compares with a much lower figure of 26% for the population at large, obtained in citizenship surveys by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is consistent with comparable differences identified by researchers in North America.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/mar/17/christians-big-society-voluntary-work
Similar results were confirmed through a five-year study by the political scientists David Campbell and Robert Putman. 
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-11-15-column15_ST_N.htm



Oxfam was one of the pioneers of modern famine relief.  It works to address famine and injustice on a worldwide scale.  Founded by Quaker Christians in Oxford in 1942.


Debra Green OBE - founder of Redeeming Our Communities
Since 2003 Debra has been National Director of Redeeming Our Communities or ROC: this charity aims to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships which open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion.
Over the following years, stories of community transformation emerged across the nation, some of which were collected together for Debra's 2008 book 'Redeeming Our Communities: 21st Century Miracles of Social Transformation'.
In recognition of her work towards community cohesion, she was awarded an OBE in June 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debra_Green




The good works still continue.  Here is a more recent sampling:


People who "do God, do good" - admits British Politician.  
Churches alone are providing almost 100 million hours of unpaid volunteer work on social projects a year, up by more than a third in two years, while donations for such work are up by a fifth, it found. Despite the economic situation, church members alone have increased their donations to social action projects by 19 per cent in two years to £342 million. 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9868851/People-who-do-God-do-good-says-Baroness-Warsi.html
Churches step into void in recession-hit Britain.
The scale of Britain’s reliance on churches to meet social needs is set out in a report showing more than half of Anglican parishes run services such as food banks, homework clubs and even street patrols.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9851254/Churches-stepping-into-void-in-recession-Britain.html


• Street Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust. Individual street pastors are Christian adults with a concern for their community, who undergo 12 days of training in order to voluntarily patrol the streets of towns and cities at night, helping and caring for people in practical ways. The initiative began in the United Kingdom and is now being operated in other countries.  Many police services, in areas such as London and Scotland, have praised the scheme. Ascension Trust reports that reduction in crime figures have been recorded in areas where the Street Pastors initiatives have been operating, which have been confirmed by official police figures.
Politicians who have expressed admiration or support for the scheme include UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Frank Soodeen of the pressure group Alcohol Concern has also praised the work of Street Pastors, for their work assisting drunken young people to get home safely. A number of local Street Pastor groups have won community awards.
Whilst some individuals have reacted negatively, the general public response to Street Pastors has been markedly positive, even among those who have been observed being abusive to the emergency services.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Pastors



• Kindernothilfe (KNH) is a charity organization and was founded in 1959 by a group of Christians in Duisburg, Germany, in order to help needy children in India. Over time, it has become one of the largest Christian organizations in Europe for children's aid.
Today it supports more than 580,000 children and young people in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. KNH aims to give needy children in the poorest countries of the world a chance to a good start in life.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindernothilfe


• Caritas Internationalis is a confederate of 164 Roman Catholic relief, development and social service organisations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Collectively and individually their mission is to work to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caritas_(charity)


• Children of the Nations (COTN) was founded in 1995 and exists to partner with nationals in poverty-stricken areas of the world to provide care for orphaned and destitute children. Operating in Malawi, Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, and Uganda, COTN helps nearly 7,000 children on a daily basis. COTN's stated goal is to "Raise children who transform nations."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_the_Nations


• Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) is a nonprofit sponsorship organization headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas. CFCA was founded by lay Catholic workers acting on the Gospel call to serve the poor. Its Hope for a Family sponsorship program provides basic necessities like food, education, clothing and access to medical care to children and elderly in some of the world's poorest communities. Today, CFCA sponsors support more than 300,000 children, youth and aging persons in 22 countries
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Foundation_for_Children_and_Aging_(CFCA)


• CORD (Christian Outreach Relief and Development) - New life after conflict CORD is a humanitarian organisation working with displaced people and communities affected by violent conflicts around the world. Established in 1967 and rooted in Christian faith. Located in the UK.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Outreach_for_Relief_%26_Development


• Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a Christian charitable company in the United Kingdom founded in Bradford, West Yorkshire by John Kirkby in 1996. It is a national organisation specialising in debt counselling for individuals in financial difficulty, including those in need ofbankruptcy or insolvency. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christians_Against_Poverty


• Compassion International is a Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world. Compassion International, headquartered in Colorado Springs, functions in 26 countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, and India. They also currently help more than 1,200,000 children.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion_International


• Cross International Alliance (Cross) is an inter-denominational Christian relief and development organization based in South Florida that provides food, shelter, education, medical care and emergency aid to the poor in over 30 countries across the globe. Cross was recently recognized for its work in Haiti, receiving a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. government for a new program seeking to care for children and families impacted by AIDSin the country. From its headquarters in Pompano Beach, Cross raises millions of dollars through donations each year to fund development programs that target the “poorest of the poor” in developing countries, and it ships millions of dollars worth of humanitarian goods to high-need areas such as Kenya and Nicaragua.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_International


• Hope UK is a national Christian charity located at 25(f) Copperfield Street, London, England which educates children and young people about drug and alcohol abuse. It began as the Band of Hope in 1847 in Leeds, to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety andteetotalism. In 1855, a national organisation was formed amidst an explosion of Band of Hope work. Meetings were held in churches throughout the UK and included Christian teaching.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_UK


• Medair is an international non-governmental organization NGO of humanitarian aid with a stated mission, "to seek out and serve the most vulnerable people affected by crises." Medair’s core competencies are emergency relief and rehabilitation. Medair lists its values as: hope, compassion, dignity, accountability, integrity, and faith.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medair


• Medical Teams International (formerly Northwest Medical Teams) is a non-profit humanitarian aid and global health organization. Medical Teams International has mobilized 2,000 teams since 1979, shipped $1.3 billion in medical aid since 1986, provided care to 4.5 million people in 53 nations in 2008, sent more than 2,600 volunteers serving annually in its various programs all over the world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_Teams_International


• Mercy Ministries is an international, Evangelical, charismatic, Christian, charitable organization that offers a long-term residential program for young women aged 13–28 who struggle with various "life controlling" issues. In 2008, the top issues that Mercy Ministries reported themselves to be dealing with were: eating disorders (69%), self-harm (60%), sexual abuse (55%), emotional/verbal abuse (55%), depression (55%), chemical dependency (49%), physical abuse (37%) and pregnancy (6%)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Ministries


• The Message Trust is an award-winning Christian charity working to improve the lives of young people in Greater Manchester, UK and beyond through the Eden Network.
Working in schools, in local communities and in prisons, The Message is in contact with around 100,000 young people across Greater Manchester each year. The Message was founded by well-known speaker, author and current chief executive, Andy Hawthorne OBE.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Message_Trust


• Prospects is a Christian charity in the United Kingdom whose aim is to support learning disabled adults, and to enable them to reach their full potential. It was founded in the mid-1970s by David Potter, a Christian minister, who was drawn to the needs of these adults because he and his wife had a daughter with Down's syndrome.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prospects_(charity)


• Tiny Hands International (THI) is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to helping orphaned and abandoned children and fighting sex trafficking in South Asia. Tiny Hands operates through national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Hands_International


• VisionTrust is an international, non-denominational non-profit organization that assists orphanedand impoverished children around the world. The organization works alongside Christian Nationals to help children gain education, nutritional support, medical assistance and spiritual discipleship. VisionTrust works in schools, orphanages, learning centers and medical clinics. They offer child sponsorships, short-term mission trips, and assist churches with educational materials to promote participation in this effort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VisionTrust


• World Concern is a Christian humanitarian organization that operates relief and development programs in 13 countries, and funds partnership programs in nine other countries. The organization’s mission statement is, “World Concern provides life, opportunity and hope to suffering people around the world, through disaster response and development programs. Motivated by our love of Christ, we bring hope and reconciliation to those we serve, so they may in turn share with others.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Concern







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