To paraphrase the words of Christ, poor people will always be with us. Though many of us care about helping the poor we often don't know where to start. What are the best charities for helping the poor? Charity begins at home with a generosity of spirit. Such generosity of spirit is admirable, but it helps to have guidance and our compassion should extend beyond our immediate family. What are some ways we can give back?
Ministry Christians and churches often receive requests for assistance to poor people. Knowing how best to handle charitable requests and give charitable assistance can be a challenge.
DreamBuilders Ministry in Motion has assembled a variety of resources to help you determine the best charities for helping the poor and for assisting you in developing your own Christian benevolence ministry to help poor people.
CHRISTIAN BENEVOLENCE MINISTRY RESOURCES FOR HELPING THE POOR
A sign of Christian maturity is our willingness to look beyond our own needs to care for the needs of others. Scripture references more than 2,000 passages regarding the poor and needy. Giving back is clearly important to God.
Many have a heart for helping poor people but don’t know how to connect with needs. Others may already be giving back, but need guidance to prevent them from doing a disservice to themselves or those they assist. Still others struggle with how to launch and/or manage benevolence ministries. Ministry leader and author Teena Stewart responds to these challenges in her book Care and Compassion with Commonsense: Benevolence Ministry at Its Best which encourages and equips Christians for effective benevolence ministry.
The book is written with churches in mind but can be adapted for charitable organizations. Each book includes:
How to give a hand up rather than just a hand out
Explanation of what benevolence is and how you can organize and interface existing ministries that might already be present in your church
Interviews with individuals involved in benevolence ministries across the nation
Examples of benevolence ministries and how they operate
Guidelines for forming a Benevolence Team
Guidelines for screening and selecting Benevolence Board members
Sample policies and procedures for how your benevolence ministries can operate
Suggestions for how your Benevolence Board might operate
Sample mission statements
Christian charity outreach ideas related to
Ideas for promoting benevolence ministries
An appendix of benevolence resources
Chapter questions to help readers reflect on best benevolence practices related to benevolence ministry.
Teena Stewart's book Care and Compassion with Commonsense is now under contract with Beacon Hill publishing so we can no longer offer it as a downloadable ebook. The good news is it will be available as a printed book October, 2010. Once it is, we'll post info on how to purchase here.
How can I show love and compassion to the less fortunate?
Individuals, small groups, youth groups, and churches often struggle with how to go about helping poor people. What are the best charities to give to? Where can I find more information on Christian charities?
Below are some charitable organizations resources to help you choose wisely. These are just a few suggestions. If you want a larger overview of charitable organizations, visit charity navigator.
charitynavigator.org - How can you be sure that your charitable donations are being used responsibly? How can you be sure that charities are what they say they are? Charity Navigator evaluates and reports on America's largest charities so that givers make informed decisions when choosing to make charitable contributions.
compassion.com - Compassion International is a child advocacy ministry helping underprivileged children in third world countries. You can sponsor a child for a very reasonable monthly fee and know that your contribution will help drastically change a child's life.
http://www.hope4kidsinternational.org/ - Hope 4 Kids International is a Christian organization committed to serving these impoverished children in third world country by leading teams on two-week missions equipped with essential medical and dental supplies and other provisions. The organization also has multiple ongoing long-term economic, spiritual, orphan and feeding programs.
http://www.redcross.org/ - The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization dedicated to disaster preparedness and relief. Because there are always crises throughout the world, the need for assistance is ongoing. You can give blood, make financial donations, volunteer, and contribute relief goods. To find out current needs, visit their website and contact your local branch.
http://www.habitat.org/ - Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable housing. You can volunteer to help build homes by working in teams. Visit their website and find a local branch, then ask for more information on volunteer opportunities.