There are multitudes of charitable organizations. Some are fruitful in their efforts and responsible with their resources, others are not. Some strategically offer support focused on sustainable change, others serve as a crutch and cause more harm than good.
There are many facets to consider before giving to any organization. As we seek to give generously, we should carefully consider where we send our financial support. The ministries below meet my personal criteria: they are Gospel-centered, fiscally responsible, and effectively offer long-term and holistic solutions.
1. Ratanak International works in Cambodia. The majority of their efforts are focused on the prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration of those who are at risk or have been exploited. One way I find them unique, is how they support other NGO’s. They have no sense of competition, but rather seek to excel in their ministry, while also lending support to organizations that fill other gaps. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several of their staff members, including the founder, Brian McConaghy, and am both impressed and thankful for the excellent work they do in Cambodia.
2. Covenant Mercies serves fatherless and parentless orphans in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia. It prioritizes collaboration with indigenous churches and offers sustainable solutions to over 1,000 children. Through their sponsorship program, children receive nutritional, educational, physical, and spiritual support.
3. Women of Hope International works in Sierra Leone with physically disabled women. These women face discrimination, physical and sexual abuse, and isolation, as they are considered cursed by God because of their disabilities. Women of Hope offers Christian discipleship, job training, health education, and more to this vulnerable community.
4. The Infant Rescue Initiative is a tiny and beautiful ministry working to care for orphaned young mothers and abandoned babies in Romania. They offer housing, resources, Christian discipleship, and counseling to mothers, and also provide nurturing daily care to at-risk babies. There are two qualities I really love about Meggan. One is her humble honesty about challenges and discouragements her ministry faces, the other is her relentless love, a reflection of His love, for those she reaches.