A channel enabling the church to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world
Christian Aid Ministries was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our main purpose is to glorify God and help enlarge His kingdom: “. . . whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).
CAM strives to be a trustworthy and efficient channel for Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups and individuals to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world. This is in response to the command, “. . . do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Our goal is to connect people who want to help with people who need help.
CAM’S MAIN GOALS IN PROVIDING AID ARE:
To help and encourage God’s people
To help bring the Gospel to a lost and dying world
What we do
Generous supporters and volunteers make it possible to:
Distribute food, clothing, medicines, and seeds, mostly to needy orphans and Christian families.
Reach out to people in material poverty and help them provide for themselves through self-help resources, microloans, savings groups, agricultural programs, and Christ-centered teaching.
Print and distribute Bibles, Bible story books, and other Christian literature to believers and unbelievers around the world.
Clean up and rebuild for survivors of natural disasters in the USA.
Help victims of war, famine, and natural disasters around the world.
Provide alternative places of employment for conscientious objectors to serve should the U.S. activate a military draft.
Install Gospel billboards along America’s major highways.
Support church planting efforts in Romania, Haiti, and Liberia.
Operate medical clinics in Haiti and Nicaragua.
What we believe
Statement of faith and practice
1. We believe in one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19; Gal. 4:4-6; Eph. 2:6, 13-18; I John 5:1-13
2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Luke 1:35; Matt. 1:20-25
3. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, effects the New Birth, gives guidance in life, empowers for service, and enables perseverance in faith and holiness. John 16:7-11, 13
4. We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, revealing God and His will, both in the Old and New Testaments. Luke 1:70; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21
5. We believe that in the beginning God created all things in six, 24-hour days and rested on the seventh day. He made man in His own image, with a free will, a moral character, and a spiritual nature. Col. 1:16, 17; John 1:1-13
6. We believe that man, through unbelief and disobedience, fell into sin bringing depravity and death upon the human race; that man as a sinner is self-centered and self-willed, unable to redeem himself. Rom. 3:10-18, 23, 5:12
7. We believe that there is one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, Who shed His blood and died on Calvary to redeem us from sin, was resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. John 3:16; Heb. 9:12-14, 10:12; Col. 1:20-22
8. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ—a free gift bestowed by God on all who believe in Christ, repent of their sins, are born again, and walk in newness of life. Eph. 2:8, 9; John 3:3, 5; Rom. 6:1-7, 10:9,10
9. We believe that the church is the body of Christ, and that all those who are born again and walk in obedience to the Word of God, constitute the true church of which Christ is the Head. Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18; I John 1:7; I Tim. 3:15
10. We believe that God provides the church with the necessary leadership, such as bishops, ministers, evangelists, and deacons, to shepherd the flock, teach the Word, administer the ordinances, and lead the church in the exercise of discipline. Eph. 4:11-16
11. We believe that Christ commissioned the church to: evangelize the world, make disciples of all men and teach them to follow Him in a Biblical walk of life, and to minister to the needs of all people. Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19, 20; I John 3:17
12. We believe that those who repent and believe should be baptized with water as a symbol of: new birth, baptism of the Spirit, cleansing from sin, commitment to Christ, and separation from evil. Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38, 10:44-48; I Pet. 3:21
13. We believe that the church should observe the communion of the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of His broken body and shed blood, in a common union of believers with Christ and one another. I Cor. 10:16-21, 11:23-26
14. We believe that Christ taught both by example and by commandment that feet-washing is a symbol of brotherhood, service, and humility, and should be observed literally. John 13:3-17
15. We believe that the holy kiss should be practiced as a symbol of Christian love among the believers, brother with brother, and sister with sister. Rom. 16:16; I Pet. 5:14
16. We believe that God has established unique roles of authority for man and woman. Therefore, a man’s head is to be uncovered in praying and prophesying, and the woman’s head is to be veiled, and her hair uncut, signifying their acceptance of God’s order. I Cor. 11:1-16
17. We believe that anointing with oil, accompanied by the prayer of faith, is honored by God in the restoration of physical health, in accordance to His will. James 5:14, 15
18. We believe that marriage is designed by God to be the union of one man and one woman for life. Therefore, any sexual relationship outside this marriage is adultery. Furthermore, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, and any other sexual involvement is condemned by God. Heb. 13:4; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:24-28; I Cor. 6:9, 10
19. We believe that the personal appearance and lifestyle of Christian men and women should be modest, free from worldly fashion and adornment, maintaining simplicity in all areas of life, living as strangers and pilgrims in this world; seeking a city not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Rom. 12:1, 2; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17
20. We believe that Christians should live a nonresistant lifestyle, without any acts of retaliation, demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily walk. Matt. 5:39-46; John 18:36; Rom. 12:19-21
21. We believe that life is sacred and begins at conception and that Christians must not take part in any destruction of human life, born or unborn; therefore we cannot endorse or allow abortive contraceptives. Luke 18:20
22. We believe that the church and state are ordained of God as separate entities in His divine plan, and that believers should honor rulers and be subject to their authority and pray for them. Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17
23. We believe that the unrepentant, fallen brother or sister shall be excommunicated from the body of Christ in the spirit of love, and shall be received back into fellowship upon repentance and amendment of life. I Cor. 5:1-13; II Cor. 6:14
24. We believe in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed hope of believers, and that upon His return He will resurrect the righteous to eternal bliss in heaven, and the unrighteous to eternal damnation in hell. He will sit on the throne of His glory, judging all nations in the last day. I Thess. 4:16, 17; Matt. 25:31-46
2016 Financial statement
“Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God . . . by number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.” —Ezra 8:33a, 34
To be stewards of what belongs to God is a privilege and a great responsibility. As we think about the money and other items you donated in 2016, we are humbled to be entrusted with these gifts. We commit ourselves to openness and accountability as we use sound Biblical standards to administer your gifts.
A few of the steps taken to ensure accountability are:
Our Financial Statement is prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and we willingly share it with anyone interested. The Financial Statement is available here. The public is welcome to call with any questions they may have about the financial statement and/or how our finances are handled.
Audited financial statement
An independent auditor is hired by our Board of Directors. Our independent audit was done by the accounting firm Payne, White & Schmutz, CPA, PA. The audit is done according to Auditing Standards generally accepted in the United States of America.
2016 financial statement
CAM’s audited financial statements are available here. All contributions to CAM are used 100 percent as specified. In 2016, general administration and fundraising expenses were 2.73 percent of the total income (total income includes cash contributions and wholesale value of donated items). Following is an explanation of how CAM allocates expenses:
Allocation of expenses
- Costs allocated to programs include all related costs, such as product, preparation, shipping, distribution, and program administration costs.*
- General administration (non-aid) and fundraising expenses come from undesignated funds or those designated for “Where Needed Most.”
- When the expenses of a program exceed the contributions specified for that program, the balance comes from “Where Needed Most.”
*Program administration costs include field staff and related USA staff expenses.
At CAM’s home office in Berlin, Ohio, staff members do behind the scenes work such as processing donations, accounting, fundraising, procuring GIK products, making decisions, and directing the various CAM state-side operations and field bases. We have a 55,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, where food parcels are packed and other relief shipments organized. Next to the distribution center is our meat canning facility. CAM has staff and distribution networks in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Haiti, Nicaragua, Liberia, Kenya, and Israel.