Wherever we look in the world we are confronted by human suffering brought about by war, famine, poverty, disease, or oppressive governments. Whatever its cause, suffering confronts us as Christians with our greatest challenge and opportunity. Our greatest challenge because it calls into question the greatness and goodness of God; our greatest opportunity because how we respond and minister to others in their suffering shows the truth of the gospel in a way few arguments or explanations can.
The Goodness of God
Our experience of suffering gives us an opportunity to witness to our trust in God's goodness as nothing else does. Serving others in their suffering gives us the opportunity to show god's goodness to them as nothing else can.
A Measure of Our Love For God
God requires that we love our neighbor as ourselves. This means we must want for all people the good that we enjoy and do all we can to share it with them. Our response to those who suffer is a measure of our love for God and others.
What Jesus Said
Jesus said that those who are finally welcomed into His kingdom are those who have served him in the serving of the most vulnerable among us: the sick, the stranger, the imprisoned, the hungry and thirsty. By sacrificially serving these, we show the nature of Jesus' kingdom, and witness to the time that is coming when God Himself will wipe away every tear, and death, mourning, crying, and pain will be no more.
The Purpose of Charis
We believe God led us to form Charis International to share the good news of God's love by supporting people and projects involved in relief and development among the world's poor and suffering. We choose the name Charis because it means God's grace shown to people in the form of help, practical goodwill, and kindness.
Our aim is twofold: to raise awareness among fellow Christians of situations where people are suffering, and to raise support to help those working to alleviate it.
We Need Your Help
While we cannot do all that needs to be done, we must do all we can. But we cannot do it alone. We need your help.
All contributions are tax-deductible and go in their entirety to the designated projects. Nothing is taken out for administrative expenses. We are able to do this because staff contribute earnings received from their outside of Charis to meet our expenses as well as help support projects.