I’m a shy person who doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention. As such, I have always dreaded events like fathers day and my birthday - until this year.
A couple of months before those “special” days, the Missions Coordinator at our church showed me a brochure from the International Disaster Emergency Service (I.D.E.S.) It was titled “Choose Gifts That Change Lives!”. The catalogue addressed vividly, with words and pictures, the desperate needs of struggling people through out the world and, most importantly, offered opportunities to help them in the name of Christ. For example:
For as little as one dollar, one could provide a fish that a poor family could raise and
ultimately use to provide a meal for their family.
For the cost of a cup of barista coffee one could purchase a coffee plant that would
grow and provide income for an entire family in need.
$50.00 would help a missionary assist someone in starting a pig farm.
And then I found the solution for my “special” days dilemma - A water buffalo. I told family and friends that instead of parties and gifts, I wanted all gift money to be collected and sent to I.D.E.S. for the purchase of a water buffalo for needy folks in Myanmar. The buffalo would be used on farms, in place of a John Deere, to clear fields and till the ground.
My wife collected the gift money and I.D.E.S. did the rest. Money was sent to a local missionary who purchased the water buffalo and delivered it to a struggling village where he is used to help others and as a very effective conversation starter about the love of Jesus Christ.
Thank you I.D.E.S. for making my last birthday the best I have ever had. I can’t wait till Christmas.
I am the founder of IberoAmerican Ministries. Since 1985 IDES has been a tremendous help in all of the major relief efforts we have been involved in. They have immediately responded with help for earthquakes, tsunami, and flood victims in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Sierra Leone.
Since the ISIS invasion into Iraq, IDES has provided incredible support to the Yazidi refugees who fled their homes with only their clothing on their backs. They have provided food, clothing, and supplies necessary for their survival.
By far, this is the best relief organization I have ever worked with. They are sensitive to the need, quick to deliver the help and extremely compassionate.
We are forever grateful,
My church has partnered with I.D.E.S. for the past thirty-three years ~ providing funds to meet hunger needs worldwide,. We appreciate their great stewardship and accountability. Their staff is dedicated and extremely helpful. We are grateful to have such an organization that can not only take food to hungry people but take the gospel to feel their souls as well. If someone wants to assist in a disaster or emergency they cannot go wrong by placing their trust and their offerings in the hands of I.D.E.S.
I first became acquainted with I.D.E.S. when Richard Sprague, then Executive Director, came to my church to speak. I became actively involved as a donor when I founded the Harvest of Talents for World Hunger Ministry at Lincoln Christian Church, Lincoln,Il in 1984. My brother and several other church members have served on the Board of Directors. In October my church will spnsor the 31st Annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger to aid hunger victims worldwide in Jesus' name. All of theproceeds will be sent to I.LD.E.S. for hunger needs. I have experienced for many years the stewardship, dedicatiion, compassion and integrity of the Board of Directors and employees of I.D.E.S. If I could give them a ten star rating I would.
IDES is the real deal. They have been consistently faithful to their purpose over the long haul. They come through with generous help when it's most needed. They are concerned about accountability and have good ways of making sure their help is truly needed and wisely used. I have known several of the people in leadership for decades, and endorse them unconditionally. I have seen them respond quickly and efficiently to disaster after disaster. I was in Chile when they responded to a devastating earthquake in the 1980s. I was in Joplin when they responded to the F5 tornado in 2011. I have visited many countries where their help has truly been a Godsend. They have helped our ministry complete some publishing projects in disaster and relief situations. They are highly respected within our national fellowship of churches. People who don't know what to do in response to tragedies and disasters can be confident that their gifts to IDES will be used wisely, efficiently and responsibly.
--Phil Casey, Executive Director, Literature And Teaching Ministries
I have personal experience as the leader of a nonprofit organization named JILOA Ministries inc. Our ministry, as well as, others in the ministry of helping others, build relationship on the element of trust. TRUST and integrity is paramount in this relationship with those who bless the work that we do with their hard earned funds. Personally, I have given funds to the work of I.D.E.S. and been the recipient of I.D.E.S. funding as a forwarding agent to benefit foreign missions. I.D.E.S. is an organization of great integrity and can be counted on to be one of the most generous organizations in the world who benefit people with tremendous needs both in the U.S.A. and internationally when there is a need. I.D.E.S. is there when others are not! I.D.E.S. has always been a blessing declaring the light of the Gospel. "It is better to give than receive." John Leech , President: JILOA Ministries Inc.
I've heard incredible things about IDES and how they are serving the world for Christ in real and practical ways.
We are forwarding agents for Pyin Christian Childrens Home that Jeremy Leme oversees in Myanmar. IDES has been very supportive with funds for medical, dental, disaster, and evangelistic aid. The work that IDES help Jeremy in that part of the world is amazing and much appreciated. May God continue to bless all the work that IDES takes part in all around the world! Russ & Kathy Hodgman
Our church is not able to send people to every place when a disaster occurs but IDES allows us to easily help people all over the world who are impacted by disasters.
IDES is an incredible organization with staff whose hearts must be made of gold. Our church supports IDES when we want to help with disaster relief either in the U.S. or globally. We know that our donation will be well spent.
IDES provides organized relief when disaster victims can barely think of where to start. When one of our Indian missions was hit by the tsunami in 2004, we saw the IDES team step up and make a big difference. We were impressed not only with their relief work, but their heart for the victims as well.
In addition, IDES meets smaller needs which are much less publicized. We have seen this happen many times. Their main concern is always that the Gospel is advanced as physical needs are met.
Community Christian Church
Fort Scott, Kansas
IDES is truly such a blessing. I have been aware of the organization for a couple of years now, and have watched their online presence grow and expand in incredible ways. The content they share is heartfelt and valuable. It is wonderful to be able to see pictures of volunteers as well as the people being served through IDES. We pray for IDES regularly and the work that God is doing with and through them.