Ministry unveils Top 10 Christian charities list

Sunday, December 23, 2012
Michael F. Haverluck (

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 Christmas season.

ROI 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 list?

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 25:34b-36

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 states.

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 1,000 causes.

And after the drumroll ceases with the clang of the symbols, which Christian charities are left standing? Take a look:

  1. You- Individuals like you can make a huge eROI impact that can surpass organized Christian ministries
  2. Jesus Film Harvest Partners- For every $3 you give to this ministry, a person comes to know Jesus as their Savior
  3. Compassion International- $1 a day can provide the daily needs of a child, including food, water, clothing, education and discipleship in Christ
  4. Legacy World Missions- An average of $2.30 feeds a child per month in Uganda ― many of the children are orphans
  5. 410 Bridge- 60 cents provides a person with clean water for a year in Kenya and Haiti
  6. Faith Comes by Hearing- $1.75 per person brings each through the New Testament via audio Bibles recorded in native tongues globally   
  7. Global Media Outreach- Help add to the more than 50 million people who have been reached with the Gospel online ― an average of 65 cents per decision for Christ
  8. Gospel for Asia- $7 a day provides fulltime support for a missionary in countries where western missionaries are not welcome
  9. International Leadership Institute- On average, $250 trains and mobilizes a leader of 100 other leaders, which translates to $2.50 per person
  10. Equip- 70 cents per person for three years with Dr. John Maxwell's international discipleship program

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 tangible outcomes.

A key principle behind ROI's ministry is anchored on a Bible verse that quotes Christ when He speaks about His mission on the earth.

"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 these."

"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 achieved overall."

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 world

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 today."

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 Christian charities.

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