International Needs is a global organization committed to connecting Christian nationals in order to more effectively minister the gospel around the world. Our mission is centered on the belief that when local churches and leaders are empowered with resources, they will bring the gospel alive in their communities in a more cost-effective way than sending missionaries overseas.
International Needs works in partnership with international partners, organizations, and local governing bodies to establish hope and sustainability in communities in the developing world. We empower men and women of faith with the funding and tools they need to lead their communities toward a future of hope. Our country directors work closely with each community, identifying their core needs while also establishing trust with local officials and tribal leaders. Through these relationships, IN is able to establish lasting community programs, church partnerships, and child sponsorship programs that ensure a bright future for thousands of families each year.
International Needs brings hope and healing to over 36 countries. Our USA office currently works in 17 countries. Our ministry stretches from the slums in growing cities and remote villages in rural communities of Asia, Africa, Central-Eastern Europe, and Latin America. View a list of our current country partners.
If your church is interested in partnering with a ministry in the developing world, please contact us and a representative from our office will contact you about your partnership opportunities. Partner today.
We will work with your church community to find a project that matches your church's unique passions and interests. Going forward, you have the opportunity to support that project with both resources and prayer.
A letter or short note is a great way to let your child know that you care. You can write on your own paper or print this sheet to use.
You are also welcome to include one or two light, flat items with your note.
Here are some ideas of things to send: sheet of stickers, postcard of your town, family photo, bookmark, coloring sheets
We are not able to accept heavier items such as coloring books, clothing, crayons, pencils, etc. If sponsors send things we can't accept, we donate them to a local charity.
Letters and light, flat items may be sent to:
Sponsorship Department, International Needs
5570 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Our Direct Giving program is a great resource for people who want to make sure their sponsorship is always paid on time.
You can choose Direct Giving through your checking account, which is our favorite option because there are no fees for you or for International Needs.
You may also choose Direct Giving through a credit card.
For either option, print this sheet and follow the directions to get started!
Problems downloading the form? Give us a call and we'll send you one! Ask for the Sponsorship Department at (616) 209-5420.
We don't send out bills because each gift you send is exactly that...a gift toward the Lord's ministry around the world.
Sponsors who choose to give monthly by check receive a receipt after each gift. The receipt has a blue tear-off section at the bottom to serve as a reminder and for inclusion with your next gift.
In order to be good stewards, we choose to combine the receipt and the reminder. If you ever misplace the blue reminder slip or it gets lost in the mail, feel free to send your next gift with your child's name in the memo line of the check.
Kids in impoverished areas sometimes can't start school until they are older - some are forced to work in order to help support the family, while others simply never had the opportunity until an International Needs school opened in their area.
Older children who need sponsorship are the ones who started later, but had the courage to begin anyway. These older children are also the hardest to find sponsors for.
If you or someone you know are willing to sponsor an older child, please give our Sponsorship Department a call at (616) 209-5420 or search for an older child here on our website. A sponsor for an older child is an answer to prayer!
Simple is best! English probably isn't your child's first language, so keep it short, and use neat handwriting (printing is probably the clearest option!).
Pick one or two of these ideas and save the rest for another time:
Some sponsors are disappointed because they write letters asking questions, but the child doesn't answer the questions.
We understand that this is frustrating, but here is some perspective: your child is new at the English language, so the teacher gives writing ideas on the blackboard, Most children use these ideas as they learn how to write letters.
Another perspective is the concept of "favorites." In America, we might ask a child to name his favorite food. To a child living in poverty, this is a baffling question because they don't have choices. When there is food, they eat it. When there isn't, they go hungry. They may not know how to answer a question about favorites.
If getting an answer to your question is important, keep trying. Try limiting your letter to one question, which makes it more manageable to answer. A sponsor once shared that she wasn't getting answers to her questions...but her letter contained a total of 12 questions! This is overwhelming to a young, new English student. Keep it simple.
When you choose to donate with International Needs, you can feel confident that your support is used responsibly. Designated gifts are used in the way that you request.
For more details on our ministry funding break downs visit our Give With Confidence page.
Yes. International Needs issues consolidated tax receipts in mid-January for those who give through our direct giving program (ACH or Credit Card).
Donors who give by check or give single credit card gifts receive a receipt about ten days after each gift is received.
You can make a donation online by visiting our Donate page or through each giving opportunity listed under Our Work. You can give to as many projects and support as many sponsored children as you like. After confirming your donation details you will be taken to a secure page where you can enter your credit card information.
You can also send your gift to us through the mail by credit card or check. One of the best ways to give is to sign up for our Direct Giving program through ACH. This service is free to you and to us and is a great way to make the most of your ministry dollar!
Yes. Your personal information will be protected while in transit on the internet through a 128-bit SSL encryption. A similar method is used by banks' and other financial institutions' websites to ensure both security and confidentiality of user information.
Through trusted relationships with our directors in each country where we work, International Needs is able to establish projects for community sustainability through agricultural, social, economic, and church planting projects. Our country directors are responsible for identifying the core needs of each community, drafting up proposals for projects, and submitting these reports to our international office.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, International Needs is able to supply communities in need with the resources, planning, and support they need to establish a future of hope.
Our country directors and their team of staff members are uniquely invested in each International Needs project. They know the needs of the community and are able to identify the children in need of immediate care. These children are added to IN's sponsorship program and our team then works to find people like you who will sponsor them, giving them the support and opportunity they need for a future of hope and purpose.
We understand that your commitment to child sponsorship may change over time. While our hope is that sponsors will make their sponsorship a priority, if you are unable to continue in your sponsorship commitment we ask that you contact us immediately so our team can find another sponsor for your sponsored child.
You are welcome to support as many children as you want at any given time. Sponsor a child today.
The short answer is that child sponsorships are for children in primary and secondary school. Scholarships are for students continuing their education after what the USA calls high school.
Scholarships provide young men and women with additional training in trades and employable jobs such as teaching, agriculture, nursing, and pastoral leadership. However, the cost to educate a young person continuing in secondary schooling or vocational training is much more than primary education. Like child sponsorship, scholarships provide young people with basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter as well as tuition fees. The International Needs scholarship program equips young people with the knowledge and skills they need to invest into the economic and social infrastructures of their community.
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