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Friends In Action International Inc

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Causes: Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: Friends In Action, Intl. (FIA) exists to accelerate the spread of the Gospel to people groups who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. FIA partners with missionaries, nationals, and indigenous people to provide infrastructure projects and practical service as a platform to share and demonstrate the love of God.

Results: Since FIA's inception in 1992, we have provided spiritual and physical assistance to 1,000's of indigenous people in some of the most remote locations around the globe. From clean water, teaching life-skills, teaching Biblical truth, constructing roads, homes, and airstrips, delivering supplies to jungle and bush missionaries, FIA is busy meeting needs to the glory of God! FIA has a long-standing track record of fiscal accountability, completed projects, and lives changed by Christ. FIA has received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star accountability/transparency rating, and a Platinum rating from Guide Star (the highest level of transparency offered to non-profits). In addition, FIA has received the prestigious Top-Rated Badge from greatnonprofits.org, the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by FIA share their opinion of our work.

Target demographics: demonstrate the love of God

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year alone, we reached over 200,000 people with the Gospel through 10 projects in six remote locations! FIA’s efforts also provided clean water to more than 20,000 West African villagers, medical assistance to 1,200 in the Amazon jungle, community transformation projects to 1,400 Rama Cay people of Nicaragua, and discipleship training to almost 3,000 in Moldova, Papua New Guinea, and Bolivia! Our

Geographic areas served: 6 remote locations around the globe (Bolivia, Nicaragua, Moldova, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, West Africa)

Programs: completing infrastructure projects (such as well drilling, building homes, bridges, roads, airstrips, solar projects, latrines, delivering supplies, making repairs to assist missionaries in extremely remote areas)

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I appreciate how Friends in Action plays a key role in spreading the gospel into hard to reach places. FIA is an outstanding organization and has always showed integrity in every endeavor they pursue. It is exciting to see them continue to keep Christ first in everything they do. As a volunteer I've had "experiences of a life time" by working on trips across the globe. Even a tradesman like myself can help further the gospel of Jesus Christ

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Donor

Rating: 5

Even during the difficulties of the Virus, FIA has continued to tangibly share the love of God. They have made ways when so many have given up. So grateful for this nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love that FIA does not just go out and preach, but they actually are the hands and feet of Jesus to many around the globe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love that this organization uses action to share God’s love to the nations!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Completely trust this organization to use all funds donated to share God’s love in tangible ways to those in need. Their heart for the folks they are serving is completely above and beyond!

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Donor

Rating: 5

So blessed to have found Friends In Action. Grateful for this organization that’s doing incredible things in such amazing ways for the unreached people.
Highly recommend for donors to support this wonderful organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

FIA has done GREAT THINGS in Jesus Name! Bellies have been fed, the thirsty given water, the sick healed, prisoners are given provisions and a second chance, the homeless have been sheltered, and those who have never heard of Christ have learned of His great love and forgiveness.

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2 Deborah R.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to work at the HQ of FIA over the past 10 years. It has been my mission field as I was unable to go to the physical field because of health issues. However, I have watched it provide humanitarian help as well as spiritual help to several countries around the world. From providing clean water in Africa to teaching chronological Bible studies in Nicaragua to meeting prisoners basic needs in PNG to building a road for villagers to reach town in Vanuatu - it has been such a blessing to me to see FIA being the hands and feet of Jesus. I will continue to pray that God blesses and goes before all the work that He brings to FIA.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends in Action, Intl. is like no other non-profit. I have enjoyed being a part of this ministry now for 9 years and they have stayed true to their mission statement by continually pursuing projects that will ultimately help reach many of the unreached people groups in the world with the ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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2 Grace E.3

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband, Rick, and I have been blessed deeply in learning to know FIA over the past few years. We volunteered for 3 weeks April 2019, helping to install plumbing and electrical systems at the base in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. We observed first-hand true caring and many acts of kindness to increase the well being of those in need.

It was uplifting to begin each day with group devotions. Decisions made were fiscally sound. We will continue to support this ministry, providing support in various ways. God is at work through FIA!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy and blessed to be a donor for Friends in Action...just the name says it all! As brothers and sisters in Christ, we don't need the dysfunction and hurt that comes with traditional families sometimes, we want friends. Friends who have our best interest at heart and in deed while stewarding our donations. And, they do this by prioritizing the needs of our friends around the world by helping them obtain clean drinking water while witnessing to them about the Ultimate Water of Life, Jesus Christ.

While l have not had an opportunity to serve as a volunteer, it is definitely a short-term goal of mine. But in the meantime, the FIA newsletter and email updates allow me to "experience" their trips with them. You will definitely find FIA a blessing!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

FIA has helped me keep better informed about worldwide need and enables my donations to make a greater impact in the spiritual and physical needs of others. To.be able to read the stories of FIA's impact is priceless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Friends in Action International Inc does an amazing job connecting donations, resources, and volunteers to bless people around the world. FIA addresses both the physical and spiritual needs of the people they are serving, and they steward their donations well for maximum benefit on the ground. Our family loves the regular updates describing in detail how the funds are being used and the stories of how God miraculously shows up time after time. God blesses MANY people through this organization. What an honor and a joy to be involved with FIA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Friends in Action’s ministry demonstrates amazing stewardship for the glory of God! It’s incredible to see how efficiently they utilize donations, volunteers, and staff for the maximum physical good and spiritual good of those around the world who need it most. They serve and love others in practical and powerful ways. My family is honored to get to play a small part.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I appreciate how Friends in Action plays a key role in spreading the gospel into hard to reach places. FIA is an outstanding organization and has always showed integrity in every endeavor they pursue. It is exciting to see them continue to keep Christ first in everything they do. As a volunteer I've had "experiences of a life time" by working on trips across the globe. Even a tradesman like myself can help further the gospel of Jesus Christ

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I appreciate about FIA is that I can be a blessing by using the gifts God has given me to spread the gospel. I don’t have to be a “preacher” to spread Gods love. FIA uses these unique opportunities to allow me to do just that!

3 Thomas S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Passion, integrity, professionalism. It's been a joy to work with FIA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I drilled some wells with FIA in West Africa, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. There aren't many organizations that are worth giving your time time and money to line FIA!

2 Michelle Altilio P.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has so much love for the people served, and so much financial integrity. If you're looking for a way to be a blessing to remote people groups, please know that FIA has decades of invested relationships around the world and a proven track record of making a HUGE difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you're looking for an organization who's aim is reaching the unreached with both the Gospel and social action, you've found it in Friends in Action Intl. Leaders with passion and integrity, missionaries with skill and compassion, partners who offer prayer support as well as donations—this is one amazing network for the glory of God!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I appreciate FIA and its emphasis to enable the national workers to develop skills and identify their own abilities. Encouraging these nationals is a great was to speed up the spread of the Gospel of Jesus for they already know the culture, the language and many of the people. Our assisting them is planting long-term seeds and the returns are great.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved for several years and regret I wasn't involved earlier in my life. I have volunteered several times to go to Africa to help drill water wells for a wonderfully beautiful people that desperately needed the equipment, the talent, and the LOVE to come release the living waters!! I am forever changed by Friends in Action, thats a true story! I could live 1000 years and not grow weary of telling the joy of seeing fresh, clean water coming to these people groups. I have told many friends, coworkers, relatives, and strangers about my time there and seeing God's miracles happen in 3D real time...the manafest presence of a living God working tangibly before of eyes! May Gods provision continue to move this Kingdom work forward!!

1 Matt D.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've seen people get excited over and over again, when they realize that they can serve God by getting dirty. Most people think that missions work is about translating the Bible or preaching a sermon, or doing a kids camp - that thought is challenged through the work FIA engages with, because actively serving people is bringing the Gospel to life. It's a privilege to be part of it.

1 Tim J.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the work of FIA. They are continually doing tangible demonstrations of God’s love to share the Good News with the unreached people groups in far-flung regions of the globe. They are a great org and are doing great things to help the hard to reach places of the world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am really pleased to see and hear about all the good work FRIENDS in Action is doing for people in Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, South America and Central America.
Its great to see the diversity of the projects and the skills that FIA volunteers are sharing to help develop mission works around the world.

What a wonderful thing to help provide water, to help provide transportation and to help equip national and European missionaries to accomplish their work. It's truly a picture of the body of Christ working together.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FIAI's passion to reach the lost has been evidenced on all of their fields of service that I have visited (4 total). I have been blessed each time I go out with them. By drawing alongside and supporting indigenous Christian leaders, they have been encouraged by the FIAI projects that have accelerated their opportunities to share the Gospel. Truly FIAI is moving earth to move heaven.

2 Shelley Galbreath C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friends In Action is an agency that is on the cutting edge of supporting the work of spreading the Good New of Jesus! They have resources that support many who are serving around the world. They see a need and find a way to meet it. Friends In Action is vital to all who are served around the world. Keep up the good work FIA!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization serving the needs of people around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization loved helping people in need in foreign countries who also love God.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been able to lead several work teams and the Friends In Action home office has always been very supportive when I had a need. The trip format is thorough and in the end brings volunteers back again and again. One man on the last trip has been on four different trips and is already looking forward to next year's trip. Being able to take the team to a village for them to see first hand the impact they are having is a huge plus that Friends In Action has been able to arrange.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to go with FIA several times. My experiences with this organization has been both stretching and rewarding! I was able to take the Good News of Jesus to Nicaragua- what an amazing ministry FIA has had among the Rama in that country! I worked with the children and also met with some of the women. ! I will go again soon :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Friends In Action was when I had the opportunity to help with the construction of the headquarters in Middletown, PA. Then attended the "Open House" and helped park cars!! My wife Jo Ann, started to help with the mailings each month. Recently I had the opportunity to help with the move of everyone's desks and supplys to the second floor. Also, I was able to help build shelves for the storage area on the second floor. The work that FIA does around the world is certainly some of the greatest humanitarian work being done by ANYONE,...ANYWHERE!!!

1 Shannon M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of FIA since 2017. I love being part of sending the Gospel to unreached people groups by meeting their physical needs. Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of indigenous people are responding to Christ through FIA's efforts. I'm happy knowing that my gifts are part of making an eternal difference. My children are learning about the importance of charity and the Great Commission by helping out at FIA's HQ and fundraising for their projects. Keep up the good work, FIA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love being involved with Friends In Action, Intl. (FIA). They've been meeting the spiritual and physical needs of people around the globe since 1992. With a long-term track record of financial accountability, completed projects, and transformed lives, I feel privileged to be part of their efforts. It's exciting to be part of demonstrating, not just talking about, God's love to those who haven't heard yet. Very kind and real people at their HQ in PA.

1 Marilyn M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After being invited to a meal to hear about the ministry of FIA , I wanted to volunteer by helping stuff envelopes for their newsletter. It’s such a little thing but all part of being part of God’s kingdom. They are friendly and their work for the Lord is truly a blessing to those they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great solid organization. They are doing great things around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As I look around the world situation, I sometimes find it difficult to prioritize needs. FIA's mission can be characterized by " persistence for subsistence" . These people work tirelessly, obediently and with great perseverance to overcome the obstacles placed in their path while bringing basic infrastructure for subsistence to an indigenous people, in turn, the people begin to not only survive, but thrive, with the new found help and love of Christ. I am humbled to be able to assist them in this calling and share their joy, as God always shows His presence in making a way for their persistence to prevail! FIA's efforts lead to basic subsistence for these Children of God through the literal and virtual Living Water. The infrastructure and foundation provided on their mission field demonstrates that the "Kingdom of Heaven belong to such as these"

3 Michele L.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m always excited to hear about the incredible things that Friends in Action is doing around the world! And I love how their staff truly put their hearts into their work.