Christian Aid Ministries History

Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) was founded in 1981 as a channel for Amish and conservative Mennonite churches, for the specific purpose of catering to the spiritual and material needs of needy people across the globe. Despite its short history of 30 years, it distributes around 15 million pounds of food, medicines, clothing, seeds and Christian literature annually in different countries particularly Romania, Moldova, Haiti, Ukraine and Liberia.

At present, it has 19 monthly sponsorship programs. Prices range from as low as $25 to $100 a month. One may even choose to support specific families or entire areas. Its response teams are always eager to help victims whenever there are warnings of storms anywhere in USA.

One of the longest running relief programs of CAM relates to the famine in Africa where young Somali children are dying while their parents flee across the border to overcrowded camps Ethiopia and Kenya, where trucks haul water to drought stricken areas but the poor are unable to pay and where desperate people travel five to six days to find water sources for livestock.

In an area where the hunger crisis is fast getting out of control, CAM has a team on the ground to research the needs of the drought stricken population and find ways to join other groups to organize assistance with food and development projects.

CAM has also played an active role during the March 2011 tsunami crisis in Japan, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded and worst in the history of Japan. It sent its team to Japan to coordinate its relief efforts on the ground. Less than 2% of Japan's population is Christian. As it is with its other international relief programs, it gave priority to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, along with extending emergency care to victims. CAM was present in Haiti, running a clinic, during the January 2011 Cholera epidemic.


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