In a day and age where virtually all top 10 lists are generated
to produce laughs or a measure of popularity, there's one list out
there that's created to kindle the best present of all this
Ministry just unleashed its "Top 10
List of Most Impactful Christian Charities" right in time for
benevolent shoppers to add the most needy to their Christmas lists.
The incentive for Christians to add one of these 10 to their
Jesus told the Disciples in a parable…
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to
eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes
and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
prison and you came to visit me." ― Matthew
When the Disciples questioned the underlying meaning behind
Jesus' words, the Savior replied:
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." ― Matthew 25:40
Meeting the need… today
Recognizing the modern-day dilemma many Christians face each
Christmas, ROI Ministry anticipated this great concern.
"When it comes to end-of-year charitable giving, the number one
questions a donor usually ask is:' Where can my donation make the
greatest impact in the lives of others?" the Christian organization
To answer this question, the donor advocacy group worked to
compile a top 10 list from exhaustive research, information from
strategic givers, and the facts on the largest Christian
foundations of the world ― a search that included reviewing nearly
And after the drumroll ceases with the clang of the symbols,
which Christian charities are left standing? Take a look:
Click on each of the 10 aforementioned hyperlinks to find
out more information on these charities' programs.
Fruit with preservatives?
The aim of ROI's list is not for believers to check off their
list of Christian duties or to reach "the biggest bang for the
buck;" it is to take the biblical approach in finding where
Christmas gifts can provide "good everlasting fruit." So when
finding the ideal charities, ROI looked above and beyond mission
statements and overhead expenses.
An integral part of the evaluation process took into account
physical needs met per dollar, amount per meal, clean water and
more, but the spiritual side of a person was not overlooked in the
analysis, as ROI insists that this dimension "had to be included
because people are the only thing[s] that last forever." To ensure
that this crucial factor was taken into full consideration, many
trips to the ministries included in the list were taken to the
"ends of the earth" to witness the "fruit" and investigate the
"checks and balances" used to track and measure both spiritual and
A key principle behind ROI's ministry is anchored on a Bible
verse that quotes Christ when He speaks about His mission on the
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to
proclaim good news to the poor." ― Luke 4:18
And ROI asserts that Jesus' litmus test for followers is based
on what believers in Him do for the "least of these," as quoted
above in Matthew 25:40.
Being a Good Samaritan
The Christian donor advocacy group also bases its Christian
precepts for giving on Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, which
gives a little more insight on how to reach out to the "least of
"In finding these and defining how to be a good 'neighbor,'
Jesus provided the Parable of the Good Samaritan," ROI informs
Christians this Christmas season. "The beaten, left for dead,
lacking-clothes person that the religious leaders avoided in this
parable, is where ministries with the greatest fruit per dollar
This parable and mindset is found in Luke 10:25-37 ―
a passage that goes hand-in-hand with the Christmas story found
earlier in the Book of Luke in chapter 2 that millions of Christians
read each year. After Jesus tells the Disciples to "love your
neighbor as yourself" in Luke 10:27b, He reminds them through the
parable that the man who is a good neighbor is "the one who had
mercy on him," Luke
10:37b by caring for and tending to his dire needs.
Bringing good tidings of comfort and joy to the
ROI leaves Christians with this reminder as they prepare to
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this year.
"The most impactful Christian charities serve the 'least of
these' billion people at the 'ends of the earth' who are currently
only receiving one-third of one percent of all Christian giving
ROI Ministry declares itself as "a not-for-profit
organization of market place believers and Christian leaders who
desire to make the greatest Kingdom impact possible with their
God-given resources." It also states that it "does not charge fees
and receives no compensation from ministries highlighted" and that
"100 percent of all giving goes to the ministry's specific program
that achieves the greatest impact per dollar." It has partnered
with the National Christian Foundation (NCF) this year
to develop its website to give anonymously to the Top 10
In a nation that is often described as "post-Christian," a spark
of revival might be on the horizon.