Christian Non-Profit Providing Disaster Relief, Development And Charity For Weary Bodies And Thirsty Souls

SEEKING TO HELP THE NEEDY IN HARD-PLACES SINCE 2013 FOR GOD'S GLORY
Thirsty Ground International

Thirsty Ground International

We are a Christian relief organization committed to answering God’s call to help those suffering in hard-hit disaster areas through providing relief aid, compassionate charity, local church-centered development and a tangible witness of the love of Christ across the world.

Thirsty Ground International

What Is Our Mission And Purpose Today?

Our Mission Is To Help For God’s Glory

PageLines-FRONT-MAIN-RefugeeBanner.jpgNot everyone is in a position to leave everything at a moment’s notice and go halfway across the world to help their neighbor in need.

Sometimes, all you can do is watch the news, pray for those hit by such tragedy, and send support however you can.

But sometimes you know that you can do more and actually go yourself.

It is crossing this line from merely talking about it to going and doing something to help that brought Thirsty Ground International into existence in 2013. 

The love of Christ compels us to make the sacrifices of time, money and resources to try and be actively involved in helping people in the world’s worst-hit disaster areas.

PageLines-ME-Mission-FRONT.jpgFrom our first mission to the Philippines after super-typhoon Haiyan, to the quake-hit villages of Nepal, to the desperate refugees fleeing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, our volunteers aim to be where the need is the greatest, where the doors are open, and where the message of compassion in the name of Christ speaks the loudest.

We believe that compassion in Christ’s name is a responsibility of the Church to fulfill and brings glory to God. We want good works done in Jesus name to be a light in the midst of a dark generation.

Our organization operates under the oversight of Grace Bible Fellowship in Corpus Christi, TX. We seek to function as an organizational focal point for those in like-minded churches across the world to come together and deploy to provide much-needed help to disaster areas. We want to enable the local church to fulfill God’s purpose’s for compassion globally.   

How Do We Fulfill This Purpose?

This is manifested in physical aid through projects that are determined to meet the present needs of the communities we serve. This can involve short-term aid like water purification, food delivery, shelter/heating, clothing, blankets, and essential medical care.

It can also involve long-term projects such as agricultural initiatives, business development, education for children, and more.

It is also manifested through a visible witness of Christ’s compassion towards those recovering from such a tragedy, sharing the truth of God’s saving grace and sowing seeds where God opens the door. 

We find it imperative to provide both for the physical and spiritual well being of those involved in a disaster.

nepali-girlaIf we only approached the spiritual needs, what good does this do to someone who needs food and water right now or else they will die?

Where is the compassion in that?

However, if we only dealt with the physical needs, this would be short sighted, as eventually all must die and stand before God.

Our organization operates under the oversight of Grace Bible Fellowship in Corpus Christi, TX and seeks to function as a organizational point for those in like-minded churches across the world to come together and deploy to provide much-needed aid to disaster areas.

Partnering With Local Churches

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We typically seek a local church to partner with in an immediate disaster area, if that is possible in a given country, and determine the primary needs with their input.

Part of our mission is to help extend the ability of the local church to respond to the needs of their communities by providing them resources to help that they would not otherwise have. This helps the local church serve their own community, opens doors for native Christians to be involved, and leaves an enduring presence for Christ in the area after our teams leave.

Adapting To Changing Needs

Most disasters cripple the local infrastructure. This means food, medicine, shelter and other basic needs may be completely unmet. It also means that long-term needs affected by failed infrastructure may exist, such as needs for education, chronic medical care and jobs/work. 

While initially we focus on direct relief aid in affected communities, we help in other ways too. This can include development projects, education initiatives, compassionate charity or other areas. For more details see our page: Ways We Help

Whether it is a 50kg bag of rice, a month worth of life-saving heart medications, a semester for a Syrian child to attend school for the first time in years, bags of bread distributed daily to fill a staple diet need, or providing work for the poor on a farm producing food for refugees, we seek to determine the best way to meet the needs of those suffering in these disaster areas and crisis situations.

We have provided blankets and heating oil for cold climates, tarps and tin roofs for rainy climates, rebuilding materials for totally devastated communities, and other habitation-related resources on past missions.

10882311_749122745143387_4953790759533939260_nIn every case we seek to prayerfully consider the best approach to serve the people in need in a community. It could be a medical mission, or providing food, or bringing blankets, tents and baby formula, helping educate displaced children, restoring abandoned farmland with polyculture techniques, helping locals start a new sustainable business initiative, or any other thing needed for short or long-term survival.

medicalassistance-meWe are not committed to only fulfilling one particular area of need; what we are committed to is serving others in the love of Christ with needs they actually need met!

We seek to work with and through regional contacts to best determine the actual needs of those we desire to go help, and seek to be flexible and adjust as needs change on the ground.

For a more detailed outline of principles that guide our operations see our page: TGI Operating Principles

What About Our Name?

The name of our organization may seem a little unusual at first for a relief organization. But it is our firm conviction that what God spoke in Isaiah 35:7 is still coming true this day. In difficult places in this world, through a compassionate witness by God’s people, the thirsty ground is becoming springs of waters. Hard, stony, scorched ground then becomes receptive to seeds of truth. 

How To Get Involved

You can follow along on active programs and relief missions by following our updates.

You can support us by praying for us and for those in the disaster area. If you feel so led you are may also donate to enable us to continue operating ongoing relief programs and help with the financial burdens of caring for the poor in disaster areas. We receive no government funding and are completely reliant on what the Lord provides through individual donations. 

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