James Christensen’s The Widow’s Mite
Out of all of the many organizations doing great work worthy of your donation today, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 of our very favorites! These groups are working to bring hope and restoration to people who are in the greatest need. From those who are incarcerated to children without a home, these people working here are heroes of ours…some we’ve worked with, some we’ve admired and followed throughout the years, some we’ve just gotten to know, some we’ve traveled to far off places with and some we’ve even gone to elementary school with!
- Prison Fellowship – Prison Fellowship, founded by Chuck Colson, has been around since 1976 equipping churches, communities and leaders in the correctional system to restore men and women who are incarcerated. They are also supporting their families by rallying the community and congregations around them and loving on their children through their famous Angel Tree program. Below is a favorite video of a “prison band” on Prison Fellowship’s “Heal Project.”
- Five Talents – Since 1999, Five Talents has given out over half a million loans with a repayment rate of 95%. These loans are providing employment opportunities and sustainability for their families and communities. They are fighting poverty by creating jobs and providing financial services such as savings and financial inclusion programs. A Five Talents Founder from Tanzania, Bishop Simon Chiwanga said, “Rather than try to combat poverty from the top-down, microenterprise fights poverty from the ground up by working to directly to change the lives of those most affected by poverty.” Read more of their “Stories of Transformation” here.
- People of the Second Chance – POTSC is similar to Prison Fellowship in that they are helping restore those coming out of incarceration by giving them dignity and helping to set them on a new hopeful path. Their Prodigal Parties are a genius idea to gather friends and family to celebrate the uncelebrated. Here is a glimpse of one of these parties…
- DC 127 – DC 127 is working in Washington, D.C. to ensure that every foster child has a home by supporting foster and adoptive families, recruiting new foster families and helping develop a community of support. Through their Safe Families Program they are supporting vulnerable families at times of crisis to not only provide a temporary home for a child but support that parent(s) to get back on their feet and keep the family together.
- Buckner International – Buckner is working to strengthen families by working to keep them strong and in tact through critical services and aid; support through counseling, spiritual guidance and parenting services. Buckner also provides adoption, foster care and senior care services. Here is an amazing story of a family who was reunified through Buckner’s work in Guatemala. http://bit.ly/25e5V57
- 99 Balloons – Parents who have children with disabilities face many challenges and are often times isolated and without much help. Unfortunately, the divorce rate for a couple with a child with a disability can be as high as 85%. 99 Balloons is building community around these families in order to provide community, love and support. We especially love that they are “changing the story of disability by proclaiming the worth and image-bearing beauty of each and every human being.” Amen! Check out their work across the country through rEcess and work around the world.
- Ekisa Ministries – Having a disability in a developing country, especially in some African countries, means a curse and families at times are shunned by their communities. Ekisa is caring for children with disabilities, providing for their basic needs and a home for some who are without one. They are also working with the community to change the stigma around disabilities and support families with special needs.
- The Hamlin Fistula Hospital, Ethiopia – Fistula is a terrible, debilitating child birth injury that sends thousands of women into shame, isolation and despair. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital has been working since 1959 to heal and restore women and get them back into their communities and society. In addition, they are working to send out midwives in regions where access to maternal care is little to none through their Hamlin Midwifery College. It’s amazing how one procedure can transform a life of a women who had no hope and prospects for her future.
- The A21 Campaign – A 21 is working to end human trafficking by prevention and awareness, protection of victims through restoration programs, prosecution of traffickers and partnerships with key leaders to end slavery. Follow their stories and progress of freeing those in slavery on their Instagram.
- Last but not least, shop from these beautiful products this Christmas made by people who are being lifted out of poverty at Noonday and Joyn!