I have been a volunteer at the home office of IDES for a little over a year. They are an organization that does amazing work here in the United States and in many other countries. The staff is dedicated to being good stewards of the funds donated and ensuring the money is being used in a responsible way. I'm excited to be part of an organization that reaches out and makes a difference in peoples' lives!
IDES is always ready preparing for the next disaster. When disaster strikes they are the one of the first to respond. They always coordinate with local churches to get the help where needed. This saves them time to access where the help is needed most. The monies donated are used to the fullest. Volunteers are the key to their success with the donations by you.
I am the Missions Chair for my church. We set aside 25% of our general fund for mission support currently sending monthly checks to 22 different entities. We vet each mission and only support those with excellent stewardship of the funds they receive and have low administrative expense. IDES is an organization that provides services that any denomination or individual could back regardless of faith or belief. Although they are basically an independant Christian mission they do not discriminate against anyone regardless of their station in life. When disasters strike whether it be earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, tornado etc IDES is there many times before the bureaucratic organizations. If I had to pick just one disaster response team to support it would definitely be IDES.
I know some of the principals in the organization, and feel that they are trustworthy, and committed to good stewardship, and dedicated to advance the goals of the organization. Further, I have dealt with them on the "receiving end", and know that they are careful who they partner with.
We donate to IDES when there are natural disasters and when there is not. We want them to have money ready to help people around the world with unexpected disasters. And we give extra when we know a crisis has happened. IDES is great because they ask the local Christians where the money can be best used. Local people can direct help faster than large government organizations. Our family really likes to "buy" donations at Christmas time. Each child sets aside his/her own money, and then they "shop" on IDES website to give needed supplies to people all over the world. You can donate food, clean water, medicine, Bibles, livestock, seeds, or equipment to help someone start a self-sustaining business (sewing machine).
IDES provided our ministry with funding at a critical time when Eastern Ukraine experienced humanitarian crisis during the time of military conflict. The grants we received through the Harvest of Talents and IDP assistance saved many lives as we were able to buy food, medicine and basic necessities for hundreds of internally displaced people and at-risk families.
A few years ago my son and I participated in an IDES food packing event at our church. It was a rewarding experience for both of us knowing that we were preparing packages of food that would feed hungry people on the other side of the world!
We have been supporting them over10 years or more through missions at our church. Their staff behind the scenes is outstanding beyond words. Every one who has come to our church each year during Mission Month is again is outstanding, knowledgeable and are so willing to come out each year to our small church.
I have been familiar with IDES for many years as a member of churches that support IDES. They are highly respected for their compassionate response to people going through disasters and for their diligence and fiscal responsibility in managing the donations they receive. As a donor, my husband and I know that the money we have given will be well used to help people in need. As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand the excellent management, accountability, and confidentiality of the donations that IDES receives. The work that the IDES staff does is done with excellence, and I am grateful for an organization such as this that is making such a significant contribution to those in need. I would highly recommend IDES as a way to help people in need.
IDES has been helping us meet the needs of the affected in Narok, Kenya during drought as emergency relief and helping in Development projects for long term sustainability. The farming project that IDES helped us start in 2014 has continued upto now to help the feeding program of the schools we oversee.
In 2008-2009, IDES helped us respond to the needs of those affected after the post election violence that had seen a number of people dead and several displaced. IDES came in to help us rebuilt the houses for the affected families in providing iron sheets, provided cooking oil, beans and flour for feeding and also since the crops were destroyed IDES helped with planting seeds for the farmers to start their lives again. This helped to shape the people's lives upto today.
In 2009, when faced with drought in Narok, Kenya, we approached IDES for help. We fed thousands from the help of IDES grant. The same year, we distributed a number of goats to help the people who had lost their animals because of extended drought season that had seen a number of families loss their loved ones and their domestic animals. we started a water project in buying tanks and pump from IDES grant and has seen the project to grow to date. Right now we are so happy that the project has grown to help a Maasai community that didn't have water. This has cut a number of diseases and reduced the burden of women and girl child to walk several kms to fetch water. The list goes on..
While we distribute and be involved in these projects, a number of fellowships, Bible studies and trainings happened. The projects turned to be a great outreach in reaching out to many people who now understand the saving grace of our Lord Jesus. We always thank IDES and their donors for the good work they do in providing emergency and sustainable development projects. Our prayers are for them to continue to advance the works of kindness.
International Disaster Emergency Service is a great partner always and engaged to help the disaster victims .i can vigilantly say that IDES has been our compassionate and dependable Charity work in India and Nepal from the last fifteen years since now. Food for hunger in the rural villages and helping the leprosy peoples are adorable works. IDES supports life changing ministry by providing live stocks like cow ,water buffalo , Goats for widows who are been persecuted in name of Religion and caste ,
These peoples life has been amazingly changed and their life been blessings to their society.
For Instance this is how IDES has changed many suffering lives into fruitful life.we praise God for this wonderful testimony from the sister Revathy.
I am Revethy,a Sunday school teacher and taught bible songs and stories for many kids.These kids from other belief background in-turn talk to their own family members relatives and friends about Jesus,which made them to be very angry on me.They started to persecute me and finally they came with a fuel and burnt me.. Arise shine helped me to get emergency medical help ,after coming from the hospital all the kids were scared about my appearance. They said i am a ugly and frightened to come to me and i was jobless and hopeless .
Everyone persecuted me but Jesus never fails.According to my trust God sent IDES brothers they prayed for me and made me self dependent, by providing goats .I praise God because now i am able to earn 40$ a month and this helps me to meet my everyday life.All thanks and praise goes to God the almighty for giving such an compassionate organisation IDES.
The above said testimony is really heart breaking and not only in that but even during the time of disaster we experienced in Tsunami 2004 during the Christmas time , many thousands of people drowned and their homes were driven away by the tsunami .As a result of this disaster many 1000 s of families became homeless and many kids became orphan ,IDES supported enormous funding to heal their life in physical and spiritual way by giving food in their need and life support for a month for them to settle their life in different places with clothing ,blankets and cooking vessels and kerosene stoves , These peoples life was blessed .
Whenever we work with IDES we Always remember the scripture from Matthew 25 :35-36 coming true for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me;I was in prison and you came to Me.’
I like to conclude by witnessing for International Disaster Emergency service .There support goes to the people directly without cast ,Race ,and Religion . we are so thankful for helping the hurting world.
IDES have been a great source for us in terms of humanitarian activities in Myanmar. IDES partners with us to treat diseases, to strive against the poverty and helping refugees or victims. The first time I received IDES' grant was 2008 i.e. a grant for medical kits to the pastor in Myanmar by our late missionary LaVern Morse! That was the first grant in my life, I just could not believe myself for granting to a small Christian worker. I believe that IDES equips indigenous Christian Workers to be more effective in their calling and to those who has less opportunity to access funds. From that time on, IDES became our great source and companion to the journey we trade. We already addressed to many issues that existed here in this land. IDES is an excellent organization for the hurting world.
IDES is one of the premier non-profits working in the area of disaster relief and humanitarian aid. We have personally worked with them on a number of projects over the past ten years, and they have continually demonstrated the highest ethical standards.
When you give to IDES you can be assured that your funds are being used wisely and generously throughout the world.
I have always loved IDES because they help in disasters and emergencies in Jesus name using the local Christians and missionaries to administer the aid. I have been even more impressed over the past two weeks as we have worked with soliciting a grant to help Puerto Rico Christian School and our missionary there. They have worked speedily to respond to the need, their response has been thorough and professional and we are excited to be working with them. As a result of their aid the school will have a commercial generator and be able to function despite the lack of central electricity and water and people who lost everything including their houses who are linked with the school will have at least one possession. The hungry will be fed and the needy helped. What a superb organization.
I.D.E.S. is a small organization with huge impact. In a given disaster, they work with people already on the scene, often local churches in the U.S. or missionary organization in other countries. They do have a few on staff who may go to the affected area to set things up.
Years ago, we visited their offices in Kempton, IN, a very small town. I.D.E.S. was operating out of an old building and was very overcrowded. Rather than put money into their comfort, they operate on a barebones budget. Only money given for operations or basically undesignated go for their expenses. If you designate funds for a disaster, 100% goes to that help.
When they partner with an entity, they demand full accountability. If the partner does not measure up, they will not be a partner again.
Now they have a nice facility in Noblesville, IN where they can do so much more. Here, they can build prefabricated storage sheds, a real blessing in the North American disasters.
After the tsunami that hit Aceh, Indonesia, they partnered with other organizations to sent a team of people who knew the language and culture. At first, they made blocks for homes. The quality was better than those made by the big organizations. When this strongly Muslim people asked groups to withdraw, they asked the I.D.E.S. group to stay. Even a Muslim leader and family became friends with the I.D.E.S. team, knowing that team were Christians. After homes were rebuilt, the team turned to helping the area redevelop an economy.
Over time, I have gotten to know the family that started it all and their love for all people. Their hearts are in the right place and I have utter confidence in this organization.
As a donor, I have personally visited the offices and met most of the staff. I also have met many of the founder's family, some of whom continue in the operations. I have had contact with those who have used I.D.E.S. funds in various disaster situations since at least 1998's Hurricane Mitch relief, probably before that as well.
International Disaster Emergency Services (I.D.E.S.) is a lean and efficient organization. There offices are spartan and the staff serves far more because of the compassion in their hearts than any monetary compensation. All overhead is paid from donations not designated for a particular need. If you donat funds for a specific disaster or emergency, 100% of the funds to toward that need.
I.D.E.S. tries to work through organizations and people already in the area of the need. This process means that problems with language, culture and governments are minimized and that utilization of local resources is maximized.. It also means that those on the scene already have their overhead expenses covered.
Those on the scene plan to continue to be in the region after the disaster so they have reason to do the best job. When housing is a big need, I.D.E.S. homes are often the best ones built. When rebuilding lost food production or economic activity, I.D.E.S. often has the most successful programs.
I.D.E.S. methods are so successful that when other agencies leave the area (sometimes asked to leave), I.D.E.S. is often asked to stay longer.
I.D.E.S. demands accountability of these local partners. If a partner does not do a thorough accounting fo the funds and resources provided by I.D.E.S., they are unlikely to get I.D.E.S. help in the future.
Not every need is a major disaster. At times, an organization requests help in dealing with its own disaster or emergency. I.D.E.S. has the necessary protocols to ensure that the project is worthy as is the requesting organization. Again, accountability is part of the process.
Board approval is necessary for any funds to be disbursed, regardless of the level of disaster. Decisions are made at the highest level by an informed board.
IDES has been a organization to work and partner with. They are very quick to respond to grant requests and do so in a manner completely in line with the emergency nature of their work. Their reporting accountability is thorough but not cumbersome and they are very willing to work with you to achieve mutual success.
IDES was quick to review our request and give us an answer. We appreciate all of their support and feedback as well as their follow on project progress..
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