Where to Give
Jesus teaches that disciples give alms, or give to people in need. There are so many needs in the world and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. While we can’t meet all needs everywhere, we can give somewhere. We can have our eyes and hearts open to the needs God specifically wants us to meet. Below are a few questions to help you give intentionally and thoughtfully to charity.
Relief vs. Development?
Relief is the short-term intervention to help individuals and families get back on their feet after experiencing a disaster or crisis. It is assumed that once the crisis is over, these individuals have the abilities, skills, and resources to eventually put themselves back on a successful path. Relief efforts are meant to be temporary and should only last a short period of time.
Development recognizes that some individuals and families may not possess the abilities, skills, and resources to put themselves on a successful path, once immediate relief needs have been met. Development takes a long-term approach to support, and empowers individuals to learn ways they can provide for themselves. Development builds relationship and encourages learning of new ways to help restore dignity.
What Breaks Your Heart?
Identify the causes for which you naturally feel compassion. Where do you hope to make the most impact? What type of change do you wish you to see in a particular area? Financially support organizations that address those things that break your heart.
Are You Building the Kingdom of God?
Is the cause or organization you support ultimately building the Kingdom of God? Is it connecting people to Christ? As followers of Christ, we know people need Jesus more than they need anything else. We want to support places that meet that spiritual need in addition to our tangible needs.
NativityMissions chooses to work in the area of development. We support needs in the areas of education, homelessness and addiction recovery, human trafficking, HIV and AIDS, and community development. Most importantly we have developed long-standing relationships with our partner organizations, and connect with them regularly on a personal level. Visit our “Missions Partners” page to learn more about the organizations we support.