The first time I stepped inside the front door of Crisis Aid's office as a volunteer, I could immediately feel and see the heart and soul of this amazing organization. The pictures on the wall literally brought me to tears and tugged at my heart. Pat and Sue Bradley, along with their dedicated staff, are truly walking out the work of Our Savior Jesus Christ. There are many aspects of how Crisis Aid is "helping the helpless" in our city and around the world. They are providing love and hope to those in need of what most of us take for granted. I feel blessed to have come in contact with this organization!
As an occasional volunteer I have witnessed the many acts of kindness performed by all who work at CrisisAid. I am truly impressed with the work done here in St. Louis and the world. I've never met more dedicated workers. I am honored to call them friends. I am confident all donations are used wisely where the most good can be accomplished. May God continue to bless this ministry.
ICA is a remarkable organization with a heart for one; starving babies in Angatcha, Ethiopia. Taking them to a feeding center later to stabilization center and reviving both babies and mothers back to health physically and spiritualty. Also, in Addis Ababa .. ICA has orphanage for kids who lost their parents with HIV AIDS and rescue girls from sex trafficking and train and equip them to help themselves. I witnessed Pat Bradley the founder of ICA and his team doing a wonderful and notable job in Ethiopia; in all of these places I was privileged to visit while a was a volunteer a couple of months ago.
Crisis Aid is headed by Pat and Sue Bradley, leaders with sincere hearts and intentions that always follow through. They don't just rescue girls from human trafficking. They provide them with all they need to begin their lives again...from the basics--like food and shelter--to medical assistance and job training. The don't just feed people. They try to help them learn how to be self-sufficient. They dig into the roots of societal issues and they attack the very core of the problems. Crisis Aid and their small staff do more in a day than many others do in a lifetime. It's with complete confidence that I support this organization and get the occasional opportunity to serve alongside them. Pat and Sue are the most humble, beautiful people I have ever met and the very essence of who they are flows consistently throughout their organization.
I have known the founder Pat Bradley for many years and am familiar with his selfless dedication. I volunteered last year to be a part of this ministry. This is when I really saw how he and wife Sue give of themselves. I met the wonderful staff and many volunteers who make this ministry special. It is such a blessing to be a small part in what they do. I am confident my time and funds are given to a ministry which gives directly to those in most need. I am proud and thankful to count this wonderful group my friends. Nola Rigsby, St. Louis, MO
I started volunteering with ICA last summer. From the first time I met with Kay, responsible for donor relations, I knew I loved the organization.
In the fall of 2014 ICA began an after-school program in South St. Louis. I can honestly say volunteering at the after-school program each week was the highlight of my week! Each week, several children come to the program to read, sing, create art projects, practice roles for a drama, and share a meal together. The children are learning what it means to be a part of community and that each of them have great purpose and worth.
ICA truly has a heart for the communities they serve, whether they are in the St. Louis region or across the ocean in Ethiopia.
Not only does ICA have heart, they have integrity. The staff of ICA takes financial responsibility very seriously and their financials are always public. I can personally attest as a donor and volunteer, that your monthly donations will be used in the most responsible way possible to maximize aid for individuals in need.
I have great peace coming alongside them as a volunteer and donor to be a part of the work they’re doing. I love the important work ICA is doing at home and abroad!
Two precious hours, with two precious sponsor girls. We drove up and there they were. Waiting, waiting, just for us. Munria missed school in order to make the journey, and waited. Hana did make it to school but was there also waiting. I say girls, they were four years ago when my husband and I began their sponsorship. Now they are young women. They were so happy to see me. Lots of hugs, kisses, smiles and tears. They live with no electricity, no running water, no bed to sleep on and HIV parents who are very ill. Pretty dismal, yet they have HOPE. ICA has given them that HOPE. Because of the sponsorship program founded by ICA they have food, they are able to attend school with school supplies and uniforms. Our time together went by so quickly, however, because of ICA and the vision of one man, I will see them again in November. I can hardly wait!!! Thank you ICA for giving my husband and me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of two precious young ladies in Africa.
In 2014, I had the privilege of going on my 3rd mission trip to East Africa with Crisis Aid. Crisis Aid is one of the greatest non-profit organizations I have ever had the privilege of working with. Their heart for serving and ministering to people who are in the greatest need physically as well as spiritually is amazing to see. They go to the most remote areas imaginable and through God's hand, touch people who are at the brink of death and who have lost all hope. They bring hope! I have seen first hand the physical condition of many who were lifeless, be restored….to have food, water and a chance for life. The before and after photos you see are real. These are real people, real situations and a really great ministry, Crisis Aid, that utilizes every dime to meet the needs of people in such dire desperation. They Biblically meet the needs of the orphan, the widow, the sick, the hungry, the hopeless. I have seen first-hand the blessings God brings through this organization. I will continue to support this great non-profit financially as well as physically going to serve with them every opportunity I can. I pray others will do the same!
My family and I have had the blessed opportunity to sponsor two children through ICA for the past four years! Just seeing the amazing pictures each year of their progress both physically and spiritually has been tremendous! Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with ICA on a mission trip to Ethiopia. I have had the opportunity to work with other mission based organizations, but ICA is top-notch! From leadership all the way down to boots on the ground, their administration of funds donated to help aid people who are starving and in need of being rescued from sex trafficking is amazing! First hand, I was able to help them in starting three new feeding clinics in completely devastating areas in Ethiopia near Kenya. I was overwhelmed at the need of the people, but amazed at what God did through the care of ICA and their volunteers for those people. ICA not only meets the physical/nutritional needs of thousands, they meet health needs and most importantly the spiritual needs of those masses. I will never forget the impact ICA had on those hundreds and ultimately thousands of people we were able to assist. I remember Pat Bradley gathering our team before we began the ground work on a new feeding clinic and telling us that the need was much greater than we could imagine and see, it was overwhelming, but he reminded us that we serve ALMIGHTY GOD and he asked us to stop and pray and truly believe that our GOD could take what little we had to give, bless it and multiply it. It was a true miracle that reminded me of the boy with the loaves and fishes. After returning home and being able to see updated pictures through ICA's website and Facebook, it was totally amazing to see the physical and emotional transformation of those people. Because of Pat Bradley and the rest of his team's total commitment to seeking GOD's guidance, wisdom and blessings first for the people they assist, GOD has blessed their ministry and has allowed them to reach and change the lives of multitudes. I will always be an advocate for ICA and what they are doing within the United States and in many nations abroad! I encourage anyone who is seeking to assist financially or personally through an organization that really DOES make a noticeable difference, they should choose ICA!
What's in a name? Everything when speaking of Love & Care, an arm of International Crisis Aid. Active in their South St. Louis neighborhood, staff and volunteers provide homework help, food pantry, hot meals, school supplies, VBS, Easter Egg hunt, and more in a loving, welcoming and Christ-centered atmosphere.
ICA has a heart for helping children locally and abroad. We have a Safe House here in St.Louis that is not only rescuing girls off the streets but also provides counseling so that they are supported making significant changes in their lives. Africa is where their devotion to feeding starving children is focused. The Bradley's have important relationships in this country that help them with food deliveries.
They truly live their lives reaching out to others -- how Blessed we are !