How does the Mission to Children help children at risk?
Incorporated in 1963 in Canada and 1972 in the United States as a 501c3 religious charity, the Mission to Children has a recognized heritage of providing valuable assistance to needy children in various countries, and character training for the adults who influence them. Collaborating with international ministry partners, we are providing food, shelter, training, and life-changing Bible teaching to at-risk children. We are regularly fulfilling community needs such as homes for leper families, and food programs for children.
An important emphasis of Mission to Children’s ministry developed in 2004 through the creation of Character Solutions International. This subsidiary of Mission to Children focuses on developing personal responsibility and interpersonal respect—each a vital and biblical characteristic of healthy societies. Teacher’s and parent’s guides have been developed for 10 key character qualities, which are taught internationally through seminars to parents, educators, and other community leaders. Character Solutions development seminars have been held in Bolivia, Canada, Egypt, El Salvador, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Romania, South Africa, and the United States.
Statement of Faith
- That the Bible is God’s Word, inerrant in its original manuscripts and infallible in matters of faith and practice.
- In the Trinity: One God in 3 Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ came into this world by virgin birth; that He died on the cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; rose physically from the dead; is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and will return to reign for a thousand years, thereafter bringing believers home to heaven with Him forever.
- In the convicting, regenerating, indwelling and empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of each true believer.
- That all people are eternally lost and need to be saved from sin, its penalty and its power by accepting Christ—and Christ alone—by faith.
- That all believers in Jesus Christ are united in His Body, His Church.
- That all believers should belong to a local church; worshiping, ministering, observing water baptism as a public declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ and the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His sacrifice on the cross, and living lives that honor and glorify God.
Philosophy of Evangelism and Discipleship
As Christians, we are set apart to prayer, to care, and to share so that children may believe in God and enjoy Him forever. The essence of our ministry flows out of the Great Commission in Mathew 28. Through Jesus’ example, we realize that not every child who receives our help will believe in Him. Yet we work to provide every opportunity for such children to experience God’s love so that they may understand His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Prayer: That God opens new doors to effectively reach more children; and to open hearts so that the children we do reach may grow and mature in the true knowledge of Jesus Christ
- Care: Provide for the needs of children at risk such as shelter, food, education, and clothing if needed. And for all: To build their character for a productive and flourishing life that reflects God’s love for the world
- Share: Proclaim the gospel to wholly satisfy the entire child
How much of a gift goes to program?
Mission to Children may apply up to 20% of project-designated gifts to the expenses associated with providing those projects. These operating costs include partner and donor communications, program processing, financial and project reporting, and accountability. Spending of funds is confined to the Mission to Children approved programs and projects. Each contribution directed toward an approved program or project will be used as restricted with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason as determined by The Mission to Children, the remaining restricted contributions will be used where most needed.
How do I know that Mission To Children will handle my designation with integrity?
Mission to Children is an approved member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We are accountable to the financial standards recognized and monitored by the ECFA.
Our United States and Canadian ministries are each governed by a separate, independent Board of Directors. Each charity undergoes an annual, independent audit. Mission to Children has a long-established policy of operating debt-free. All expenses in excess of current revenue are covered by past revenue, particularly estate gifts.
What if I want my donation to go to an individual child?
In our experience, we found that the number of children at any group home or orphanage can change due to life circumstances. Group (orphanage) support saves time and money because it eliminates excessive correspondence between our office, the donor, and the field that are required for just one child. Group sponsorship allows the orphanage flexibility to bring in children at their time of need, not our convenience. The orphanage and program directors we collaborate with have a solid understanding of their operating needs and are in constant communication with our staff when changes need to be addressed.
Does Mission to Children send assistance directly to children and their families?
No. All monies go through international field partners that oversee the rightful distribution of all funding. This avoids the misuse of funds and provides an accountability structure for those involved in the ministry.
How much does it cost to sponsor an orphanage or group home through Mission to Children?
A donation of $35 provides one month of education, food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and spiritual nurture for an impoverished child. Bible teaching is a regular part of their instruction. Our purpose is for all students to learn about Jesus Christ and to grow in their love for Him as a result of His love for them. Importantly, we make no distinction between non-believing and believing children when we are providing these basic necessities. All children receive equal and proper treatment and provision. In fact, the majority of our children who come into the program are from non-Christian backgrounds.
Do children have to become Christians to receive help from Mission to Children?
Mission to Children is a religious, Christian charity. Children do not have to become Christians (converted) or gain membership to receive our help. We serve all sorts of children in dire need. We believe that loving others and caring for the orphan is a Christian responsibility because God commanded us to do so in the Bible (John 13:34, James 1:27). Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for every child to know Jesus Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
How does Mission to Children ensure that funds are making a difference in the lives of children?
Mission to Children requires ongoing documentation for projects, and schedules visits to ministry sites to observe and evaluate project effectiveness. We maintain Agreements that govern the nature and use of funds through our partners. Finally, the Mission to Children only collaborates with Christian who have a proven reputation in their community and have already demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving children at risk in the name of Jesus.
What alliances or member organizations does Mission to Children belong to?