Chaplains are required to be officially endorsed (approved) by their faith group, always for the military and often by police, health care, corrections, and counseling institutions and others. The Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission (CEC) provides that vital function for our Christian Church ministers. It also assists and mentors ministers after they become chaplains. John Craycraft, Christian Church minister and retired Navy chaplain with 26 years of experience has been its Executive Director since 2006, serving with a board of 12 commissioners. Our number of chaplains has continued to grow dramatically; presently, 140 of them minister in this most effective form of Christian outreach.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an interdenominational organization that has been operating for over 50 years in about 190 countries of the world. It is a missionary training center, mobilizing youth and older people alike to bring the Gospel to all people. YWAM Azua began working with Haitians and Dominicans in obedience to God’s leading. The Lord gave us a heart for the Haitian and Dominican people.
God is using The Gepharts to bring reconciliation and healing to these two nations. YWAM Azua focuses on bridging these two cultures by creating opportunities for Dominicans to go to Haiti to preach the Gospel and serve, and vice versa. They also offer a Discipleship Training School (DTS) program through which both Haitians and Dominican can establish friendships as they learn more about who God is and about how to make Him known.
In the Dominican Republic poor and sporadic funding of public hospitals makes proper healthcare difficult for impoverished people to obtain. These hospitals are often plagued by strikes from the medical staff and often fail to have adequate supplies for everyday operations. It is not unusual to find a surgical patient whose wound is draining into a glass pop bottle, recovering in a large room with several other patients with varied ailments. If you can’t afford treatment at the private hospital, you are left in the care of a facility fighting to keep itself alive. Any illness creates a difficult situation; it’s one made worse if you happen to be sick and among the poorest of the poor.
G.O. Ministries has provided medical assistance and outreach to the people of the Dominican Republic for years. A daily general clinic in Hoya de Caimito, Santiago serves hundreds in that community and receives patients from 31 other communities if special attention is required. In partnership with North American doctors, medical professionals, and medical teams, thousands of urban and rural poor are served each year through mobile clinics.
But G.O. has a bigger vision. The G.O. Medical Center will provide space built for quality healthcare allowing for general medical services that will track patient history, an in-house pharmacy, laser eye surgery and preventative dentistry to patients who could not otherwise afford it. Because it will have apartment and dormitory space, mobile medical clinics will be offered weekly as will life enhancing surgeries from regularly scheduled visiting surgeries. The G.O. Medical Center will help us increase the quality and quantity of our health services to the marginalized exponentially!
Ignite Church Planting is a church-planting ministry located in one of America's greatest population centers. NW Indiana and the Chicagoland portion of NE Illinois is home to over 10 million people. It is estimated that over 60% of Chicagoland population is unchurched.
Ignite's Mission is to accelerate the spread of Jesus' mission by starting new churches. Our Vision is to start 100 church-planting churches across the region by 2025.
MorningStar Mission Ministries is a non-denominational organization dedicated to relieving the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor in Joliet and the surrounding communities. They do this by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, shelter for the homeless and the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all.
They Paytons work with students from Africa and India who are studying medicine at Crimean State Medical University (CSMU) in Simferopol, Ukraine (which is now part of Russia). Many of the international students are Hindu, Muslim or atheists. They speak English, and their classes are taught by a select few Ukrainian professors who speak English, but few people outside the university speak English. They study here for 6 to 7 years then return to their home countries.
The goal of their ministry is that these students not only accept Christ, grow in Christ and reach out to other students here, but that they also impact their cultures for Christ when they return home.
The Penningtons have been serving with OMF International among the unreached and most neglected areas of the world for over eight years. God has given OMF International a heart for Asia and the desire to bring his hope to billions. Growing out of the same passion God placed in the heart of our founder, J. Hudson Taylor, we serve the people of East Asia. Christ’s love compels us to touch lives by giving our lives to him first, and then to others. Through serving, building relationships, evangelism and discipleship, we work to see communities beneficially changed.
After many years serving in the Mekong region of South East Asia, they have recently returned to the U.S. where Rodney is now serving as the Mobilization Ministries Director.
Rapha House exists to love, rescue, and heal children who have been rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Rapha House is a public benefit 501©3 nonprofit committed to ending the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. Founded in 2003, Rapha House continues to rescue and rehabilitate children, while bringing them to lasting freedom. Love • Rescue • Heal is more than a slogan to us. It’s a way of life at Rapha House.
We are Christians who take seriously the Scripture that reads: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). And it is with compassion energized and sustained by love that we act on behalf of victimized children wherever we find them.
Though we are committed Christians, we offer aid without requiring those that we help to embrace our faith. When Jesus fed the 5,000, he did not withhold from those who refused to believe. He gave freely, and so do we.
Under the Son Ministries exists to extend unconditional love to the hill tribe people of Northern Thailand. We are investing in the lives of these people both spiritually and financially. Our main purpose is to teach them about the saving grace found only through Jesus Christ.
By first providing for their physical needs, we in turn gain their respect and can encourage them in their spiritual growth. We minister primarily to orphans and at-risk children by providing a home where their physical needs are met: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education. The support of this children's home also provides employment for the house parents.