As news broke of the crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the National Christian Foundation of South Florida (NCF) immediately activated their Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund to financially support our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. To date, the fund has dispersed more than $300,000 to well-vetted organizations who work with the local church in Ukraine and countries most affected, providing immediate hope, help and healing as well as long-term relief and recovery. An additional $400,000 has been disperse through individual donor-directed funds at NCF to charities doing work in the region, according to Stephan Tchividjian, NCF president.
“What we’re seeing is one of the largest migrations in recent history of refugees fleeing a country, upwards of three and a half million and counting,” said Tchividjian. “As followers of Christ, we’ve been called to be His hands and feet, so it is part of the duty and responsibility of the church to respond. It’s not only an opportunity to meet their physical needs like food and shelter, but it’s also an opportunity to share the gospel. As Christians we are called to walk towards the pain, towards the suffering, to take the resources God has given us, which are not ours, and use them for such.”
Why donate through the NCF fund?
“We identify best in class organizations that we can give the funds to and know they will be effective.” Tchividjian explained. “Our criteria has been, number one, we want them to be Christian organizations; number two, we want them to have a proven track record of doing work in that part of the world. In other words, they have to have relationships and understand the cultural nuances of doing work in that part of the world. Number three, they’ve got to have history of doing this type of work, either helping refugees relocate, providing food, clothing, shelter, transportation, hygiene, and then we have a personal relationship with all of them. We either know the chairman of the board, the CEO or executive direction, so we’re a phone call away from saying – ok I saw your website, but I’ve got a question. That was very important to us.”