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Missions around the World

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  • Democrat
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    Although there has been several uninformed remarks on credible missions around the world by namely "Missionaries" or volunteers, I looked up several links on missions. Most are religious based and some extend to the poorest and dangerous parts of the world. By searching on "mission organizations", "medical mission organizations", "construction mission organizations", and "non-religious mission organizations", one may find opportunities to volunteer. Some of these organizations require special skills and others require youthful and adventurous character needing to help the world from poverty, disease and famine. There is no shortage of opportunities for volunteers. If your not interested in helping the world, than your just taking in air from those who do want to help. What a waste of humanity where people do not help.

    Some of he organizations I located are well known, such as, World Vision, Heart for Missions, MedicalMissions.org, worldhealthmedicalmissions.org, medicalmissions.com, and umcor.org.

    I very familiar with UMCOR, which is a large United Methodist relief organization. They may be already in Liberia trying to stop the spread of Ebola. I saw where UMCOR has long range planning for responsive action to Ebola. I have been on missions with UMCOR and worked several times at their distribution center in Baldwin, LA. The distribution center has food supplies, medical equipment, construction material and education material to set up classrooms. UMCOR has large ships that are white having the red UMCOR and Christian cross on the hull. The ships can serve as hospital and port into areas where aid is required, such as hurricane affected areas, and distant ports around the world where medical assistance and aid is needed.

    Although I tried to find non-religious organizations giving massive aid, the only ones I located were travel trips for youth around the world to bond with people in other countries. They did speak of education and construction activities, but I could not find where these organizations provided medical aid. Additionally, it did not appear these organizations went into dangerous areas.

    So, this means that religious organizations offer the most aid around the world working alongside countries armed forces and professional groups. HMMMM.......that sure seems like religion helps the world a whole lot better than those that ridicule missionaries. I wonder how many people have been helped by Salvation Army, Red Cross, Harvesters, Homes for Humanity, and Hereford Project. From donations to actual on-site volunteer labor, these groups help many in soup kitchens, food for poor families and children, new homes for poor struggling families, and spreading development around the poorest parts of the world with live stock, organizations need our help. No, the world needs your help. It does the heart and soul good to help mankind.

    One of small efforts to help is with Harvesters, where each Friday morning I deliver food snack packs for poor children to take with them home for the weekend. It ay be the only food they ever see. Their eyes and smiles show the need is there. Another activity is visiting Veterans at a hospital, where you can encourage hope where despair is a daily occurrence.

    Please do something, because if you not than your just taking up space on this world that someone who does help can occupy. By not volunteering, you are the problem and not the solution for the world.
  • Liberal
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    What an honorable and merciful guy.....you sir carry a heavy burden by setting the standard of decency for the rest of us...we thank you
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    These new Christia fortune cookies we just got in for the starving kids have very inspirational biblical messages inside them as a bonus.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    AMC,when are you going to learn to do things just for benefit for people without the word "religion" attached to it. If a poor kid gets a hand out, it is likely very happy, but does not want to be indoctrinated with Christian fairy tales; especially if its parents believe something else and teach the kid about Mohammed. That is on how wars start, thanks to these missionairies; leave these people in their beliefs and culture, feed them and get out.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It's all well and good to just say "feed and then get out", but when they are in need again, which they will be, they will be questioning the motives and who is sponsoring this food, medical supplies, educational materials or even building materials, should we then say that a bunch of non-believers who believe in nothing but ourselves decided to do this so we can feel good about selves?
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Apparently, some of you do not understand the "Mission" of helping people in the world. You write of something tied to the gifts of help and aid, which you are so wrong and incapable of believing that aid and assistance is often giving with no strings attached. So, I am led to believe you know nothing about missionary work and use your ignorant facts to excuse yourself from coming to the aid of people. Your beliefs on missionary and/or volunteering is nothing less than a cop out for involving your abilities, thus maintaining your own selfish and lazy demeanor supporting humanity.

    Volunteering is rich in cultural benefits to both the recipient and the giver. Becoming a Missionary is a sacrifice and having an attitude of assisting others before yourself. There are Bibles for those that have strong Christian beliefs, but distributing them is not the mission. When a missionary performs assistance in poverty, diseased and famine areas, people receiving the assistance will ask questions on faith and God. People will discuss their beliefs and their faith in their God. Missionaries while providing care will use their knowledge and their Bible with references to their religion. It could be Christian, Islam, Jewish, Buddhism, Hindu or any religion depending on the missionary's religious beliefs. It is not only Christianity.

    You write about missionaries forcing people to accept their religion prior to assistance. That is just ridiculous and again another example of your false knowledge of being a missionary. You cannot teach a person religion if they are hungry, thirsty, sick and injured. You cannot teach a person religion if it counters their own beliefs. You cannot teach a person religion if they are unable to comprehend or cannot read, such is a common issue in poor countries. Like indicated earlier, handing out Bibles and converting people into your religion is most often never the "Mission". Although their are Missions that do this, but the areas are selected that are more suited for receiving God's message and there is evidence of a strong thirst for religious knowledge. You cannot do both teaching religion or converting people while you provide assistance in undeveloped countries where people are dying. It just doesn't work. Doctor's Without Borders, a great volunteer effort with pilots that fly into the worse areas to allow doctors to go in and render assistance. They don't hand out Bibles, first, when they arrive. No, these Doctors get right to work with hundreds if not thousands begin to arrive at their tents.

    While reading may of the internet links on Missionary work around the world, it is not surprising that Christianity is most benefiting the world from the effects of poverty and disease. Without the help of Missionaries in the world, there would be catastrophic changes to what is already a sick world. The world would be much worse and having character of no hope. With missions going on in the world assisting people in poverty, famine and disease, there is "Hope" and there are successes. To acknowledge successes, all you have to do is read about them or listen to people, unless you are so stubborn to even take that step to enlightenment. Even in your own neighborhoods, organizations like the Salvation Army has given respect, and renewal of life in thousands of poverty stricken individuals.

    So, to ridicule the volunteers and missionaries around the world is just ignorance taking over your beliefs and casting a shadow on attempts to improve humanity. Like someone says, "WAKE-UP".

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: You write about missionaries forcing people to accept their religion prior to assistance. That is just ridiculous and again another example of your false knowledge of being a missionary. You cannot teach a person religion if they are hungry, thirsty, sick and injured. You cannot teach a person religion if it counters their own beliefs. You cannot teach a person religion if they are unable to comprehend or cannot read, such is a common issue in poor countries. Like indicated earlier, handing out Bibles and converting people into your religion is most often never the "Mission". Although their are Missions that do this, but the areas are selected that are more suited for receiving God's message and there is evidence of a strong thirst for religious knowledge. You cannot do both teaching religion or converting people while you provide assistance in undeveloped countries where people are dying. It just doesn't work. Doctor's Without Borders, a great volunteer effort with pilots that fly into the worse areas to allow doctors to go in and render assistance. They don't hand out Bibles, first, when they arrive. No, these Doctors get right to work with hundreds if not thousands begin to arrive at their tents.
    The reason so many of us write about missionaries forcing people to accept their religion is because there are countless examples of missionaries forcing people to accept their religion. All you have to do is look at the horrendous anti-gay laws Uganda recently passed as proof. Christian missionaries descended into that country in the name of charity and just happened to convince their government to make being gay a crime punishable by death. Thank God Uganda's Supreme Court did the honorable thing by changing that to life imprisonment. (pun intended)

    I have zero problem with Christian missionaries giving food and other assistance to the worlds poor, but I have a huge issue with them going into these countries and proselytizing to a population that doesn't want to hear it. Not just that, but they use the guise of Christianity to usher in some of the most draconian and hateful anti-gay laws the world has ever seen. It's like they have given up on trying to convince the American government to put gay people to death, so they just moved on to another continent to continue their 'mission.'

    I encourage you and everyone else to watch 'God Loves Uganda.' You might understand why so many people question the motives of Christian missionaries after watching it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: You write about missionaries forcing people to accept their religion prior to assistance. That is just ridiculous and again another example of your false knowledge of being a missionary. You cannot teach a person religion if they are hungry, thirsty, sick and injured. You cannot teach a person religion if it counters their own beliefs. You cannot teach a person religion if they are unable to comprehend or cannot read, such is a common issue in poor countries. Like indicated earlier, handing out Bibles and converting people into your religion is most often never the "Mission". Although their are Missions that do this, but the areas are selected that are more suited for receiving God's message and there is evidence of a strong thirst for religious knowledge. You cannot do both teaching religion or converting people while you provide assistance in undeveloped countries where people are dying. It just doesn't work. Doctor's Without Borders, a great volunteer effort with pilots that fly into the worse areas to allow doctors to go in and render assistance. They don't hand out Bibles, first, when they arrive. No, these Doctors get right to work with hundreds if not thousands begin to arrive at their tents.
    The reason so many of us write about missionaries forcing people to accept their religion is because there are countless instances of missionaries forcing people to accept their religion. All you have to do is look at the horrendous anti-gay laws Uganda recently passed as proof. Christian missionaries descended into that country in the name of charity and just happened to convince their government to make being gay a crime punishable by death. Thank God Uganda's Supreme Court did the honorable thing by changing that to life imprisonment. (pun intended)

    I have zero problem with Christian missionaries giving food and other assistance to the worlds poor, but I have a huge issue with them going into these countries and proselytizing to a population that doesn't want to hear it. Not just that, but they use the guise of Christianity to usher in some of the most draconian and hateful anti-gay laws the world has ever seen. It's like they have given up on trying to convince the American government to put gay people to death, so they just moved on to another continent to continue their 'mission.'

    I encourage you and everyone else to watch 'God Loves Uganda.' You might understand why so many people question the motives of Christian missionaries after watching it.
    Jared, yes you see it correctly; sure it is commendable as I wrote before to help people; but no strings of any religion should be attached. Such a thing as you describe, creates wars, because the established religion wants to stay in charge and fights intrusion. But AMC does not understand that I guess.
  • Democrat
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    As can be seen by the responses, there is a lack of true knowledge and an inability of reading my posts. I never indicated that missionaries have a hidden agenda of pushing religion on recipients of aid and assistance. Most missions rendering aid have one primary focus and that is delivery medical, food, construction assistance to poverty victims in disease infested and war torn areas.

    Since Africa is in the media forefront go to link http://www.africamissions.org/africa/agencies.html

    You can find nearly 70 listed agencies predominately Christian serving people in Africa. Another large organization that has over 1600 Christian missionaries around the world is SIM (sim.org). The first missionary doctor that returned to the US from Liberia worked through SIM. She and her husband worked on Ebola victims, whereupon she became infected needing help for herself. No, she wasn't passing out Bibles like some of you so mislead people from the truth. You all seem to have some Republican characterization of lying to the America people and for what purpose I can only determine it is all about deny the good acts of Christian people. Is religion so corruptible that you have to feed lies to everybody? Satan undermines mankind by feeding lies to all of us. I never indicated that Christianity is the only religion based mission around the world. I did indicate Islamic and Jewish organizations that provide aid. I also indicated that governments around the world send help supplying food and medicine and assistance. It seems that only the Christian organizations that are revolting to you. Please grow up and understand the nature of providing help.

    ONE WORLD MEDICAL MISSION serves many countries around the world with medical and dental services to those in need of attention due to war and cannot afford to live (poverty in general). They have sponsors, such as, religious organizations and medical societies for help.

    Another large one is WORLD SERVANTS (.org). World Servants International is a Christian mission organization providing opportunities in servitude for volunteers. Many countries provide servants as missionaries to underdeveloped areas in the world. Over 60,000 from over 2000 church organizations and businesses provide missions for adults, youth and whole families through World Servants. International offices other than the US are in Dominican Republic and the Netherlands.

    Also, I located World Help as a faith based organization that is focused on providing humanitarian, medical, educational assistance, and ensuring clean water. This group also helps establish churches in those communities that need their aid. As I have seen on missions, people in need often will desire the discussion and help understanding the Gospel and God's divinity. There's no forcing of the religion on people, it just happens for those that desire the knowledge.

    So, in no way do missionaries say "learn God and we will help you". That is some strange false belief of someone that is too lazy to know the truth. I challenge anybody to go on a mission providing assistance and learn the facts. Apparently, a few of the responses here on this post are negligent in knowing the truth. As my several posts on identifying mission based organizations, it is easy to say I haven't touch the surface of numbers of opportunities for volunteering. Our humanity is so blessed to have people helping that it overwhelms the naysayers and those that deny the good works going on around the world. So, go ahead with your foolishness, because with every ridiculous remark you make on missionaries there's thousands of good works going on disputing your crazy belief.


  • Independent
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    I give up on you; You have no clue whatsoever is happening in the world and why. I told you many times,you refuse to see the big picture.
    Therefore I no longer will reply on any of your very ignorant writings like Tony did..
  • Liberal
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    Jaredd is 100% right, as is Dutch and Ony. Unfortunately I have very limited wifi where I am this week so I won't comment more.
  • Independent
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    pr Wrote: Jaredd is 100% right, as is Dutch and Ony. Unfortunately I have very limited wifi where I am this week so I won't comment more.
    "Ony" is that a new religion? just kidding I guess you mean Tony! He's a great guy by the way.
  • Center Left
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    pr Wrote: Jaredd is 100% right, as is Dutch and Ony. Unfortunately I have very limited wifi where I am this week so I won't comment more.
    Thank you both, Enjoy a day off (pgr), or 2, 3. When I was on vacation recently I took a week off. Enjoy the fall leaves changing and the warm weather while we still have some.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Dutch is playing the Republican card again showing he can just ignore everybody's opinions and admit defeat by slippery Republican tactics. I assume denying voting rights by forcing a poll tax on people to pay for a voter ID makes sense, too. It's the same tactic on people's voting rights, a Republican trick to cancel their voice. I thought this was a Democratic Hub. Hey!, moderator is this a Republican or Democratic forum?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote:So, in no way do missionaries say "learn God and we will help you". That is some strange false belief of someone that is too lazy to know the truth. I challenge anybody to go on a mission providing assistance and learn the facts. Apparently, a few of the responses here on this post are negligent in knowing the truth. As my several posts on identifying mission based organizations, it is easy to say I haven't touch the surface of numbers of opportunities for volunteering. Our humanity is so blessed to have people helping that it overwhelms the naysayers and those that deny the good works going on around the world. So, go ahead with your foolishness, because with every ridiculous remark you make on missionaries there's thousands of good works going on disputing your crazy belief.
    No one was suggesting that all missionaries are bad people. And just because someone challenges you with an opposing point of view doesn't make them crazy.

    I directly challenged you to address the horrendous anti-gay acts being conducted in Uganda and how Christian missionaries are to blame for ushering in these tragic laws. You chose to completely brush this over without even trying to explain it.

    Uganda is one of countless examples of what happens when a religious based organization goes into a poor country in the guise of helping them and only winds up making things much worse. And it's not just in Africa. Missionaries in Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe have gone there in the guise of providing help and wound up preaching hate, as well. It is a legitimate concern of nonreligious people to see this happening throughout the world and it is unfortunate that you write us off by saying we are too lazy to know the truth. Unfortunately for you, I know way more than I would like to know about the actions of countless missionaries throughout this world.

    Now, this does not mean that I feel all missionaries are bad. I would even venture to say that most missionaries are kind and loving people that gladly give themselves for a cause they truly believe in. I have no doubt that they think they are doing the right thing by going to these countries and spreading the word of God to a helpless population, but it's far more complicated than that. They don't understand that they are making things far worse by going in there and focusing on establishing an anti-gay utopia that they failed to create in the United States.

    I must also address your earlier claim that "Christianity is most benefiting the world from the effects of poverty and disease." This is just simply not true. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation vastly outspends all religious organizations combined when it comes to the amount of money spent on serving the poorest individuals in the world. Add in all of the other billionaire philanthropists to this equation and you may understand where I'm coming from when I say that there are plenty of non-religious people and organizations out there that only want to help people without shoving religion down their throats.

    It's also imperative to point out that Christianity, and religion in general, is the main cause for the turmoil throughout this world. Show me one war going on in this world that isn't caused directly or indirectly by religion or religious beliefs and I'll give you a medal because it will be extremely difficult to find one. To suggest that the only people who can then fix this are religious people boggles my mind.