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Make A Wish|
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 161,000 children around the world.
Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
A network of more than 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.
Providing Friendship, Fellowship and the Word of God to the Lonely and Forgotten in Nursing Homes. http://www.h2hmin.com/
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries|
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, a non-profit corporation, is committed to sharing the gospel of the love of Jesus Christ, providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, abused and homeless men, women and children of our community in "rebuilding one life at a time". By ministering to the total person - body, soul and spirit - we help them become faithful Christians, discipled into a local church, rehabilitated, employed and living productive lives in restored families.
EACH DAY, EVERY DAY, THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR, DRMM
programs touch the lives of over 1000 men, women, and children.
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WORLD ORPHANS is committed to rescuing millions of ORPHANED AND ABANDONED CHILDREN, the strengthening of thousands of INDIGENOUS CHURCHES, and the impacting of hundreds of COMMUNITIES with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.through the COST-EFFECTIVE empowerment of CHURCH-BASED orphan prevention, rescue, care and transition programs in the LEAST REACHED AREAS of the world.
Rapha House Freedom Foundation
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Rapha House is committed to rescuing young girls who are victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and prostitution by providing them with a safe home where they can heal and receive an education, which will allow them to make good choices for their futures.
The statistics are staggering and tragic.
The U.S. State Department estimates that 1 million children are exploited each year in the global commercial sex trade.* Take a moment to really contemplate that number. 1 million children. Every single year.
When viewed as a whole, we are overwhelmed and stopped in our tracks. However, when these statistics are viewed as individual children, when faces and names are involved, we are moved to protective action.
At Rapha House, we see each girl not as a statistic, but as an individual with hopes and dreams and with great potential to make a difference in the world.
Together, we can fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children one girl at a time.
1 million children... What are WE going to do about this?
*U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, "The Facts about Child Sex Tourism."
To research more about human trafficking, visit http://www.state.gov/ or go to the "Our Friends" page and follow the links.
Become a Rapha House Freedom Fighter!
Click here to see ways you can get involved and what other Freedom Fighters are doing!
For a compelling look at the horrors of the commercial sex trade, the movie "Baht" follows the plight of Sophea, a young woman who is deceived and sold into slavery and prostitution by someone she trusted. Click on this link to see a trailer of "Baht."
Relay for Life|
One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington, as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed?running marathons.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for more than 83 miles. Throughout the night, friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. He raised $27,000 to fight cancer. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course.
While he circled the track those 24 hours, he thought about how others could take part. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Months later he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, 19 teams took part in the first team relay event on the track at the colorful, historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.
The Hunger Site|
The Hunger Site was founded to focus the power of the Internet on a specific humanitarian need; the eradication of world hunger. Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism, helping to feed the world's hungry and food insecure.
Miguel Gonzales is a citizen of Cuba, one of the five enemy nations in President Bush's " evil axis ". The Nation is being governed by Raul Castro, Fidel's brother. Fidel Castro is extremely ill and fragile.
The Cuban people are impoverished and while they have freedom of religion , all religions are ruled by denominational heads controlled by the government. Gonzales is the founder of over 200 house churches in Cuba and a new seminary that is interdenominational or non denominational.
Gonzales was allowed, by special permission from the State Department to have medical work done by the humanitarian organization RAM(Rick Amato Ministries).
Gonzales was thrilled to meet with Cyntheia Pentiuk. Cyntheia and her husband Randall were responsible for helping to place over 100,000 Cuban New Testaments an historic event into the Nation of Cuba.
These Testaments were distributed by both the government and the Church and plans are under way right now to print 900,000 more. The Testament is unique in that it is in the Cuban language, a different dialect than Spanish.
Also, there is no mention of any outside National entity as the giver of the gift but simply the words " a gift from your Creator that you may know Him" . It includes the plan of salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and confession of His resurrection along with a study of John designed especially for young people.
Rick Amato tells the story of how he was inspired to start the project when after giving a simple gospel of John in Spanish to a middle aged woman she wept openly and profusely. When asked why she stated " I have prayed thirty eight years for one of these books and today my prayer was answered". The testaments printed and shipped from Belarus, a former republic of the Soviet Union are one dollar apiece from start to distribution. " Why should anybody get two Bibles before everybody gets One ? Amato asks.
As for Gonzales, he thanked Cyntheia profusely and said" this is a significant moment in history and we do not know how long the door will be open, we must act now" in his broken English. To learn more about Gonzales's work or to aid in this effort please call 800-543-WORD or go to http://www.rickamatoministries.com/.
Christian Children's Fund|
Around the world, children just like these are running out of hope ? and running out of time. That's why Christian Children's Fund is hard at work providing nutritious food, healthcare, education, and so much more.
Our goal is to help every child develop their full physical, mental, and social potential. And to help them become self-reliant, contributing members of their communities.
CCF is committed to:
- Implementing cost-effective, community-based childcare and development programs that contribute to the total well-being of children
- Improving the quality of life of impoverished children around the world
- Providing educational opportunities that foster independence
- Helping families meet their children's needs