FOR GODS CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL A NON PROFIT CORPORATION
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Location: P.O. Box 434 Council Bluffs IA 51502 USA
For God’s Children International’s motto is: “Providing hope, dignity and love in Jesus’ name.” It is FGCI’s mission to replace despair with the hope of Christ, humiliation with the dignity of Christ, and indifference with the love of Jesus Christ. “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end (we) labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in (us)” (Colossians 1: 28, 29 NIV).
For God’s Children International exists to serve abandoned, suffering, poor and marginalized children, by caring for their physical and spiritual needs. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:35, 36 & 40b NIV). Above all, we desire to serve and glorify God and to share the Good News of His Son Jesus Christ with a hurting world in need of a Savior.
Target demographics: children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 700 children hear the Good news of Jesus as well providing free clothing and benevolent care
Geographic areas served: Romania, Muldova, and the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota
Programs: camps, bible studies. We work with abandon children and orphans as well as marginalized people groups to provide hope, dignity, and love in Jesus' name. FGCI also owns and runs bible camps for children at Camp of the Good Shepherd in Louisville, Nebraska.
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I did part of my teaching internship in 2008 with this organization. I helped at a kids camp in Romania teaching various orphan group throughout the summer how to pray. It was a fantastic experience that changed my life. This organization is dedicated to helping those cast aside by society. Many of these kids were malnourished, had experienced abuse of some sort and barely had enough supplies to last them the week they were there. It burdened my heart to help them when I returned home. I began sending resources and money to the ministry. On that note I appreciate FGCI because I saw first hand where the money was going. The government system is still very corrupt so those traveling over would often pack light to pack the supplies needed for the kids. It was a good feeling knowing the clothing and toys I sent were actually reaching the children. This experience wasn't just for that summer it has continued for me. I am still in contact with one of the children four years later. This ministry has changed my life and furthered my desire to help those in need. Upon graduatuiion from Bible College I decided to go for my masters in social work to continue helping this group. I'm now going into grant writing to help this ministry meet the needs of the children they help :) on a larger scale. If you have any desire or passion for children I would definitely recommend looking into their work. Their website is www.fgci.org Highly recommended! I'm still working with the director so I have put 2012 down as my last interaction.
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