There are many excellent and under-acknowledged Christian organisations established by Australians or involving Australians. Not only can we assist them, but also by their example they can provide encouragement to us.
There are many excellent and under-acknowledged Christian organisations established by Australians or involving Australians working to improve lives of people right across the world.
A selection of these agencies is listed below.
The listing focuses predominately on aid agencies established by Australian Christians providing assistance to people in every corner of the world. And of course, right here in Australia, every Christian church will be providing aid in various forms within their respective local communities.
Not only can we assist these organisations, but also by their example they can provide encouragement to us. They can help us build a humble confidence in our Christian faith.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia
ADRA Australia is a Christian, humanitarian agency that creates opportunities, empowers people and shares hope.
Anglican Board of Mission (ABM)
Founded in Sydney in 1850 ABM is working alongside Partners in Australia and overseas, through two major programs – Evangelism and Church Support, and Community Development. ABM strives to develop and provide for the spiritual, social and material needs of local people amongst very diverse communities throughout the world.
Archbishop of Sydney’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund
The Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund works through Christian networks. Projects include raising funds to provide help through our Christian brothers and sisters working in tsunami-affected communities.
Believing that all children are precious to God: “Asian Aid is called to empower believers in Jesus to address the causes of physical and spiritual poverty amongst disadvantaged communities.”
Assemblies of God in Australia World Relief
Provides community programs, emergency aid for disadvantaged and poor especially children, primarily overseas.
Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS)
ALWS is providing significant support to development programs in Cambodia, Mozambique and Nepal.
Australian Relief and Mercy Services (ARMS)
ARMS is the Mercy Ministries arm of Youth With A Mission Australia and is dedicated to reaching out to the poor and the needy of the world wherever they may be found. ARMS runs mercy ministries projects both within Australia and overseas.
Baptist World Aid Australia
Baptist World Aid Australia works with partners overseas to provide education, life skills, health care, safe water, agriculture and emergency relief.
Caritas Australia will work towards the creation of a world that God desires to be just and compassionate. Caritas will work for the freedom of those who are oppressed by injustice, bringing ‘sight’ to both those who are powerless.
CBM is an independent Christian development organisation dedicated to preventing and curing blindness. And also to the education and rehabilitation of people who are blind or have other disabilities.
Christian Nationals’ Evangelism Council (CNEC)
We exist to support our local Christian partners in developing regions, with their vision to bring ongoing spiritual, physical and social transformation to their own people.
Christian World Service (CWS)
CWS is the international humanitarian and development agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia working in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as in Australia, on 44 programs to break down the structures which create poverty, oppression, injustice and division.
Compassion is a Christian ministry working in partnership with local churches in developing countries and sponsors worldwide, to help some of the world’s poorest children and their families.
Door of hope (DOHA)
DOHA is a child-focused, non government organisation established to help alleviate the suffering caused by poverty, in developing nations. The name comes from a book in the Bible called Hosea, chapter 2 verse 15: ‘…And make a valley of Achor (literally means trouble) to be a door of hope.’
Every Home for Christ
Every Home for Christ is a non government organisation working in over 80 countries around the world, providing under privileged people with opportunity.
Feed The Hungry Australia
Feed The Hungry is a non-profit Christian mission organisation dedicated to feeding the hungry around the world and reaching those in desperate need.
Global Care is the “social justice” and disaster relief arm of Christian Outreach Centre. For some 15 years, Global Care has helped devastated communities worldwide to rebuild and reconnect, and has done it by practical help at the ground level.
Grace ministries – Australia
Grace ministries is involved in poverty relief, education for the poor, the disadvantaged and the oppressed in India.
Habitat for Humanity (Australia)
Demonstrating God’s love in action by working in partnership with people in need, from all walks of life to build simple, decent and affordable homes; and to strengthen local communities in Australia and throughout the world.
Hillsong’s Disaster Relief Responses
Hillsong Church has raised over $500,000 for the victims of the Tsunami disaster.
International Nepal Fellowship (INF)
INF is involved in health and development work with Nepal’s government, non-government organisations and local communities. The work is an expression of Christian compassion and evidence of God’s grace.
Interserve is all about making Christ known across cultures by word and action in countries where otherwise He wouldn’t be known. By placing Christians with skills in these areas to serve individuals, churches and communities with holistic care, they are being real salt and light of this world.
Kids Outreach International (KOI)
KOI was founded in Australia in 1998 and is an international interdenominational Christian charity and humanitarian aid organisation dedicated to improving the lot of children throughout the world, particularly focusing on the emerging nations of Eastern Europe and West Asia, and other economically distressed nations.
Marist Mission Centre (MMC)
MMC assists development projects for poverty alleviation in countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Our special care for the alienated, marginalised and dispossessed bring us into regular contact with the young.
Melbourne Overseas Missions (MOM)
MOM – an outreach of the Catholic Church – provides funding, material goods and volunteer personnel countries for programs in education, training, literacy, health, village development, water supply, emergency relief.
Mercy Christian Children’s Ministries International (MCCMI)
MCCMI was established to care for orphans and abandoned children in Ogango-Kisumu, Kenya. Working with the philosophy that if everyone did just a small bit to help, a big difference could be made in the numbers of orphaned children.
Mercy Ships is committed to alleviating human suffering and distress by bringing world-class medical and community services to the world’s forgotten poor, empowering them to fulfil their God-given potential.
Mercy Works supports the local and overseas relief and development activities that are part of the vision and mission of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia. The programs engage in partnerships with communities to promote justice and self-reliance, and support displaced people and communities who are denied access to basic resources such as education, health care and social welfare.
The Micah Challenge has been developed by the Micah Network and the World Evangelical Alliance in response to a groundswell among evangelical Christian churches wanting to contribute at all levels to the alleviation of poverty and to greater justice for poor communities.
Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian organisation with a vision to spread the love of God and meet human need.
Mission Without Borders
Mission Without Borders is an international Christian organisation, dedicated to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those suffering the effects of poverty or persecution in Eastern Europe.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a unique ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which brings Christmas joy, packed in gift-filled shoe boxes, to children around the world.
Opportunity International – Australia
Motivated by Jesus Christ’s call to serve the poor – without regard to race, ethnicity or religious affiliation with a strategy to create jobs, stimulate business and strengthen communities among the poor.
Overseas mission board – Australian Churches of Christ
The Churches of Christ in Australia seeks to reach other nations with Christ’s love through education, medical assistance, disaster relief, aid work, welfare and evangelism.
Palms Australia is involved in various countries within Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Its policies are built on justice, peace and integrity of creation values as expressed in Catholic Social Teaching.
Philippines Emergency Relief Appeal
The objective of the Philippines Emergency Relief Appeal is assist the people of Cebu, Philippines who lived in the Pier 4 Shanty town area following a fire which destroyed their housing.
Riverview Children’s Foundation
The Mission of the Riverview Children’s Foundation is to promote and support projects that reduce suffering and provide options for forgotten children in crisis, globally.
The Salvation Army operates an international network of services caring for the homeless, poverty-stricken, and underprivileged in 108 countries of the world.
St Joseph’s Australian-Peruvian Mission Associates Fund
Working in Peru with people of varying ages and circumstances: prisoners, families, women, children and youth with an aim to help each person realise her/his own potential and to promote leadership qualities.
Christian action with the world’s poor. TEAR Australia is supporting the development and relief work of 94 partner organisations in 25 countries. Priority is given to those programs that strive to involve the most marginalized and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.
The Leprosy Mission Australia
To minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy, working with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy.
United Aboriginal Ministry (UAM)
With over 100 years of continuous missionary activity to the indigenous peoples of Australia, UAM has been at the forefront of Australian missionary endeavour and has established a reputation for its concern for both the physical and spiritual welfare for the Aboriginal people.
Uniting Church Overseas Aid (UCOA)
UCOA is committed to alleviating poverty, community development and providing emergency relief overseas.
Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH)
Urban Neighbours of Hope values living out God’s priority for those facing poverty.
Watoto Child Care Ministries (Australia)
The mission of Watoto Child Care Ministries is to raise the next generation of Ugandan leaders by placing parentless children in families where the necessary love, care, spiritual discipleship and physical needs are provided.
World Vision (Australia)
World Vision aims to share and demonstrate the love and compassion that Jesus extended to all people – especially to those suffering from poverty, oppression or injustice.
Further organisation-listings and issues for your consideration – note the numbers of organisations established by Christians.
The role of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
The Code of Conduct for Australian aid and development agencies, administered by ACFID.
Signatories to the Code of Conduct
The Australian Government AusAID
Listing of overseas aid funds
Australian charities working internationally
Are there other agencies, such as Second Wind, which could be added to the above list ?
Influential Australian Christians depicted on Australian notes and coins
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