Who We Are
Christian Aid Ministries was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our primary purpose is to be a trustworthy and efficient channel for Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups and individuals to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world. This is in response to the command, “. . . do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
Reaching out to the needy
Each year, with the support of God’s people, CAM distributes approximately 15 million pounds of food, clothing, medicines, seeds, Bibles, Bible story books, and other Christian literature. Much of the aid goes to needy children, orphans, and Christian families. CAM also helps families provide for themselves through the Family-Self-Support and SALT Microfinance programs.
Other CAM programs include our Disaster Response Services and Rapid Response Teams , which coordinate volunteers to help clean up and rebuild for victims of natural disasters in the USA. Our International Crisis program provides emergency aid for people around the world who suffer from war, famine, and natural disasters. And the Conservative Anabaptist Service Program (CASP) provides an ethical, Selective Service System-approved place of employment for conscientious objectors to serve in case of a draft. CAM also installs Gospel billboards along America’s major highways, supports several church-planting efforts, and operates two overseas medical clinics. CAM’s main purposes for providing aid are:
- To help and encourage God’s people
- To help bring the Gospel to a lost and dying world
How we operate:
CAM is controlled by a thirteen-member Board of Directors and operated by a five-member Executive Committee. The organizational structure includes an Audit Review Committee, Executive Council, Ministerial Committee, various support committees, and a number of department managers.
CAM programs are supported entirely by contributions from concerned individuals and churches throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and a number of other countries. We believe donors’ first responsibility is to their local church and would not want people neglecting their church offerings to give to CAM.
At CAM’s home office in Berlin, Ohio, staff members process donations, do accounting, raise funds, procure GIK products, make decisions, and direct the various CAM stateside operations and foreign bases.
We have a 55,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, where food parcels are packed and other relief shipments organized. Next to the distribution center is our meat canning facility.
CAM also operates five clothing centers—located in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada—where clothing, footwear, comforters, and fabric are received, sorted, and prepared for shipment overseas.
CAM has staff, warehouses, and distribution networks in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Haiti, Nicaragua, Liberia, and Israel.
A volunteer organization
CAM is largely a volunteer organization—aside from management, supervisory personnel, and bookkeeping operations. Each year, volunteers at our warehouse, field bases, Disaster Response Services bases, and other locations donate over 200,000 hours of work.
An annual, audited financial statement is mailed to CAM’s entire mailing list. Fundraising and non-aid administrative expenses are kept as low as possible. Usually these expenses are about one percent of income, which includes cash and donated products. Click here for a copy of the financial statement.
CAM’s free monthly newsletter shares about needs in various countries, how the support of God’s people is making a difference, and gives opportunities to help. If you would like to receive this publication or add your friends or relatives to our mailing list, please sign up here, or call or write the CAM home office: P.O. Box 360, Berlin, Ohio, 44610; Phone: 330-893-2428.
Presentations in your area
Representatives are available to show slides and share about CAM’s overall programs or specific programs such as SALT Microfinance, Billboard Evangelism, and Biblical Stewardship Services. To arrange a meeting in your area, please write or call Jon Stoltzfus at the Pennsylvania office (717-354-2434). For Canada presentations, contact the Christian Aid Ministries of Waterloo office.
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