When you give to Compassion Services, you help meet the needs of people in desperate situations. With your gift, GFA missionaries can minister in slums and leprosy colonies, bring medical care to remote communities and provide practical, hope-filled relief supplies after a disaster, all revealing God’s compassion and care to burdened and broken individuals.
“[GFA World] has a rich legacy of being responsive to humanitarian crises, doing these initiatives in various parts of the country. [We] hope to make a difference to the vulnerable and marginalized and hope they overcome these unprecedented circumstances.” —Laini, a national missionary
More than a billion people worldwide have no choice but to go to the bathroom out in the open, which poses many risks, especially for women and girls who venture into open fields under the cover of darkness. Private outdoor toilets spare families from disease found at communal waste grounds and protects the dignity of men and women.
“I used to feel so much shame to use the bathroom outside, but … a toilet [was built] in my village, and I don't have any more shame.”—An 11-year-old boy
You can provide a family with an outdoor toilet for only $540, or you can help share the cost with your gift of $54.
These portly critters bring powerful financial breakthroughs to needy families. Piglets fetch a good price at market, which enables families to buy whatever they need, and adult pigs provide ample meat for selling or eating.
“As I was very poor before, I used to worry a lot. … But now, since I have [these piglets,] all the worries and everything has been taken away. … After getting these piglets, I really have seen the works of prayer and what faith can really do. My faith is growing day by day.” —Missael, a father of three who can now feed and clothe his family
Many impoverished women lack education and this limits their job opportunities. If a woman has lost her husband, or if he doesn’t earn enough, she may be powerless to provide for herself and her children. A sewing machine can allow her to start a productive business and meet her family’s needs.
“I am from a long line of avid seamstresses. … I am soooo happy to be able to give the gift of a sewing machine. ... THANKS for making this opportunity possible and training the recipient of this machine. May God bless and prosper the recipient.” —Carolyn from Delaware
Harsh winters force many people indoors, hindering villagers from finding jobs and limiting pastors’ ability to minister. Winter clothing packets help GFA missionaries stay healthy and able to minister during cold seasons. Winter clothing distributed to the poor protects the vulnerable from freezing cold.
Depending on the region, a winter clothing packet may include:
“These days, cold is increasing rapidly. I received warm clothes at the right time. … I am sure [the clothes] will keep my body warm. I am thankful … for the love that is shown to me.” —Sister Paisli, a national missionary
Fledgling congregations often lack a permanent structure to use for worship services, which exposes them to a host of problems. Their meetings—and ministries—are also hindered simply because they do not have space to gather as a church family. Your gift helps us to build and repair buildings. Even a gift of $80 can help provide decades of safer worship; with others sharing the cost, a church can be built!
A place of worship:
A permanent place of worship varies in costs to construct, depending on size, location and available materials.
You could provide a church building for $10,000, or you could help share the cost with your gift of $80.
“Church is a place where I come to worship the Lord after a whole week of toil. Church is a very special place, and the new building has made it more special, and I am very happy.” —Sinjin, a believer whose congregation received a new building in place of its old, overcrowded one
Jesus Wells provide fresh water year-round, protecting communities from waterborne illnesses and sparing women and children from spending hours fetching water. Obtaining clean water is also vital for practicing safe hygiene and for supporting healthy immune systems, both of which prevent the spread of diseases.
Pastors serving near Jesus Wells are able to share about the Living Water mentioned on the well’s plaque. Providing safe water—either by drilling a new well or maintaining existing wells—is a practical way to show communities how much God and His children care for all people!
“I believe that God will do a miracle, that through this Jesus Well many people will come and glorify His name.” —Jaevin, a GFA pastor whose community received a Jesus Well
$1,400 provides a well that produces clean water for an entire community, saving people from waterborne diseases for years. $30 can help a family of 6 people, $300 can help 10 families, and $1,400 can help an entire village.
Many people in the areas we serve do not have clean water and as a result battle waterborne illnesses—or even succumb to death. Made with simple materials, BioSand water filters remove 98 percent of biological impurities, providing safe water for drinking and cooking for a family and often for neighbors too! The clean water will improve health and hygiene and will give peace of mind—all of which are expressions of Christ’s care.
“Now, no more struggle! Having a BioSand water filter was beyond our imagination.” —Erina, mother of three from Asia
Far too many children in the areas we serve struggle in abject poverty. Without things like proper nutrition, clean water and education, they have no hope of breaking free of cyclical poverty and attaining a better future.
GFA’s Child Sponsorship Program offers hope through long-term community development programs that empower children and their communities to improve their lives in lasting, transformational ways. We’ve found the most effective way to help a child is to strengthen the child’s entire community, and the work we do is tailored to the specific needs within a child’s respective community. This may mean improving access to resources like clean water, better nutrition, basic healthcare, education and economic opportunities.
By linking your life with an impoverished child through GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program, you can help give them a future filled with possibilities and hope.
Your gift towards chickens can help supplement a family’s income and often helps a family get on its feet financially. Hungry families can eat or sell the nutritious eggs, or they can hatch chicks to increase their flock and later have more eggs and chicks to sell.
“There is no one to take care of me at this old age. I am worried, thinking, ‘What will happen if I die and no one will even know about it?’ Today, I saw your care, and I am happy for the chicken you gave me.” —Prim, a 65-year-old widow
This is a noisy bunch of critters! The Barnyard Bundle includes three pairs of chickens, a pair of goats, four pigs and one cow, which are distributed among several families. Above the commotion of clucking, bleating and mooing animals, recipients give a hearty “thank you” for demonstrating God’s love.
Cows and the milk they produce help families grow stronger, healthier and more financially secure. A cow’s milk can be consumed, adding much-needed nutrients to the family’s diet, or sold, adding to the family’s income. The cow’s manure serves as a rich fertilizer for farmers, resulting in a more profitable harvest. As cows multiply, so does the financial benefit and the family’s hope for the future.
“After having received the gift, we are really blessed. We have some income in our family. We have hope; we have a purpose in life and really are so blessed and so happy, just unlike what we thought our future would be.” —Janella, a mother whose adult son received a cow
Your gift towards goats can rapidly improve a family’s financial situation. In the case of one father, one pair of goats multiplied and enabled him to start a goat farm, resulting in more than 75 goats to milk or sell. He built a house for his family and sent his children to school, offering them a better future than his parents were able to offer him when he was a child.
“I just love how animals can help sustain a family with food and income. What a blessing it is to serve in this way.” —Hope, a donor from Tennessee
Bicycles help national missionaries save time, energy and transportation expenses, dramatically increasing their ability to minister. These sturdy bicycles enable national missionaries to respond quickly to people asking for prayer and to carry the news of Christ farther and faster.
“Sometimes I was not able to reach my destination traveling by bus, as the road was broken on the way. I had to return back. But with the bicycle, I am able to cross any such hurdles and reach my destination.”
—GFA national missionary
Water buffalo are powerful animals often used to plow fields. They produce milk for drinking or selling, and their dung can be used as fuel for cooking. Your gift towards a water buffalo could greatly improve a family’s financial situation!
“My 8-year-old nephew Benjamin has been waiting for the last few weeks for your Christmas Gift Catalog to come in the mail. He asks me nearly every day if it has come yet. ... After writing his list and handing over the money, he said that his joy was ‘too much!’ ” —Cherilyn, a donor from Canada
Malaria is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquito nets save lives and offer a restful night’s sleep, free from the sting of disease-laden mosquitoes.
“We are five members in our home. We have one net, which is not enough for all of us, and also we sleep on the mud floor. The whole night I have to shoo off mosquitoes with clothes to save my little children from mosquito bites. But I am extremely happy to receive a mosquito net today.” —Kalani, a mother whose family is now protected from mosquitoes at night
Most families in the impoverished areas in which GFA serves have little or no insulation or heating in their homes. Those who sleep on the streets are even more exposed to the cold. Blankets provide comfort and protection and serve as tangible expressions of Christ’s love.
“This is one of my most favorite things to do this time of the year! I can hardly wait to get to heaven to hear the stories of how clean water saved lives or a pair of chickens sustained a family or how a blanket kept someone warm for the winter.” —Denise, a donor from Iowa
In many areas we serve, widows are an invisible part of society. They are commonly ignored, rejected and even cursed in some regions, believed to be the cause of their husbands’ deaths. Their own upbringing often leads them to believe those same things about themselves. Even women who have been abandoned by their husbands face the same sudden crisis as that of widows.
Also, millions of children must fend for themselves either as orphans, runaways or sons and daughters abandoned by their parents. Alone and unprotected, widows and abandoned children face immense practical and emotional hardships. But the Body of Christ can offer support and hope. When you give to help Widows and Abandoned Children, you can provide things like food, shelter, income-generating gifts, dignity and God’s compassion to women and children in need.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” —Matthew 25:40
GFA World (Gospel for Asia) is dedicated to the most effective and efficient stewardship of resources, according to 1 Corinthians 3:12-14. Contributions to GFA are income tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. All gift options represent GFA’s actual ministry efforts to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities. Regardless of particular preferences, moneys are raised for ministry purposes, and GFA retains discretion to use donated funds in any manner that serves our charitable objectives.