Healing hands

Charity | Medical Teams International seeks to "show Jesus in action" after disasters
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 5/03/08, 12:00 am

Wherever it goes, Portland, Ore.-based Medical Teams International (MTI) declares, "Hope is on the way."

In the United States, MTI is known for its fleet of Winnebagos-10 in all-that have been converted to mobile dental clinics. Around the world, the group is known for often being first on the scene at disasters and conflicts. Currently, MTI is working in Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, and 30 other countries. And everywhere, MTI says its mission is the same: "Demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world."

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Sladjana Lukic

A secure treasure

Charity | Charity can be recession-proof
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

When shares of Wall Street powerhouse Bear Stearns lost over 90 percent of their value in one weekend, stock markets around the world shuddered.

So did some charities. About 1,000 of Bear Stearns' highly compensated senior managers have been required to give 4 percent of their substantial incomes to charity as a condition of employment. This unique policy has been in place since the 1970s, and in 2006 alone, Bear Stearns employees gave almost $50 million to mostly secular charities.

But what about Christian ministries? Will market jitters hurt them as well?

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Convoy of Hope

The trucks are coming

Charity | Convoy of Hope equips believers, reaches the needy
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/05/08, 12:00 am

Warmer weather is not the only sign of spring. The roll-out of huge Convoy of Hope (COH) tractor-trailers means that a new season of giving is also underway.

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