Five major Australian aid organisations established by Christians

Five major Australian aid organisations established by Christians


Three organisations founded overseas:

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Red Cross

The Red Cross came into being at the initiative of a man named Henry Dunant. Dunant grew up during the period of religious awakening known as the Réveil, and at age 18 he joined the Geneva Society for Alms giving. In the following year, together with friends, he founded the so-called “Thursday Association”, a loose band of young men that met to study the Bible and help the poor, and he spent much of his free time engaged in prison visits and social work.

St Vincent de Paul Society

Frederic Ozanam gathered a few friends around him and on 23 April 1833, they met to decide what they could do to assist the poor. After the meeting Frederic and his flat mate took the remainder of their winter wood supply and gave it to a widow. These young men attracted the comment “What can seven young men hope to achieve in alleviating the suffering of Paris?” Fortunately Ozanam paid little heed to their comments, determined to satisfy his own conscience that he was doing what he could to bear witness to his Christian upbringing by assisting those less fortunate in the community.
– and Charles O’Neill

Two organisations founded in Australia:

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Through research, services and advocacy, the Brotherhood of St Laurence helps people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in Australia.
– and Gerard Tucker


Anglicare Australia was formed in September 1997 and subsequently, many Anglican caring organisations around Australia adopted the name Anglicare. But the history of Anglican caring work began some 140 years earlier with the formation in 1857 of the organisation that was to become the Anglican Home Missions Society in Sydney, the predecessor to Anglicare NSW.


Australian Christian aid organisations working across the world
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.


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