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Mercy Ships

Don and Deyon Stephens
Mercy Ships is a global charity that was founded in 1978 by Don Stephens and Deyon Stephens. The organization operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free health care, community development, agriculture and water projects, mental health programs, AIDS/HIV prevention and care to terminally ill patients in developing nations around the world, with a focus on Africa. Their current flagship, the Africa Mercy, is docked in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa and will remain there until October 2009. Mercy Ships has chosen to follow the 2,000 year-old model of Jesus: the blind see, the lame walk, the mute speak, and the Good News (the nature and character of a loving God) is proclaimed and demonstrated among the poor. Mercy Ships welcomes individuals that seek to engage in our mission of hope either by volunteering with our Crew or in the sharing of personal relationships and resources. Mercy Ships is anchored by its International Operations Center (IOC) located in Garden Valley, Texas. Mercy Ships also has national offices in 17 nations worldwide including Spain, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Africa and Australia. Mercy Ships also operates two land-based centers in Sierra Leone. The West Africa Fistula Centre, Sierra Leone serves over 5,000 children per year and provides surgical services for vesico-vaginal fistulas. The New Steps Centre provides rehabilitative services and distributes wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Habitat for Humanity

Millard and Linda Fuller
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, by Millard and Linda Fuller. An international, ecumenical Christian ministry, Habitat is devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing in an effort to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Homeowner families are chosen according to their need; their ability to repay the no-profit, affordable mortgage; and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house, and the houses of others. Habitat operates in 90 countries, and in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. To date, Habitat for humanity has built over 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in 3,000 communities with shelter.

Prison Fellowship International

Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship was founded in the United States in 1976 by Charles W. Colson, following his release from prison after serving a sentence for a "Watergate" related crime. Prior to his imprisonment, Mr. Colson had served as chief counsel for President Richard Nixon. During his own imprisonment, Mr. Colson had seen and experienced the difference that faith in Jesus Christ makes in the lives of people and he became convinced that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal. Prison Fellowship was founded to bring together men and women from various Christian churches to share the love of God with prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. Three years after the formation of Prison Fellowship in the United States, representatives from similar organizations in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Bahamas met to form Prison Fellowship International (PFI) as an association of national Prison Fellowship organizations. Since 1979, Prison Fellowship International has grown to encompass national PF organizations in over 100 countries around the world. PFI is now the world’s largest and most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field. Prison Fellowship's Core Values • Centered in Jesus Christ-in our obedience to the Risen Lord; • Grounded in the Bible-in our life and ministry; • Dependent on Prayer-as the foundation for ministry; • Partnered with the Church-as the biblical means for ministry; • Committed to Unity-with all believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord Jesus commands; • Compelled to Evangelize and Disciple-to bring Jesus Christ to the lost and to help people grow in Him; • Loving Others-by treating all people with grace, trust, and respect; • Seeking Excellence-by demonstrating integrity and wise stewardship.

Eagle Forum

Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum is a pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1967, and is the parent organization that also includes the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund and the Eagle Forum PAC. The Eagle Forum seeks to promote traditional family values and patriotic duty to America, and boasts membership of 80,000. Eagle Forum has established chapters in thirty states to carry out the principles on which the organization was founded. • Eagle Forum supports American sovereignty • Eagle Forum supports American identity • Eagle Forum supports the Constitution • Eagle Forum exposes the radical feminists • Eagle Forum supports traditional education

Alliance Defense Fund

Alan E. Sears, Esquire
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) was founded in 1994 by a group of ministry leaders including the late Dr. Bill Bright, the late Larry Burkett, Dr. James Dobson, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, and the late Marlin Maddoux. Their prime concern was the dramatic loss of religious freedom in America's courts and the resulting challenges to people of faith to live and proclaim the Gospel. The ADF works to assist allies in their efforts through strategy, training, funding, and, where necessary, direct litigation through the ADF legal team. ADF supports the inclusion of invocations at public meetings and the use of religious displays on public lands and in public buildings. The ADF opposes abortion, and believes that healthcare workers have a right to decline participation in the performance of abortions and other practices an individual health worker finds morally objectionable.

Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society, founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1961 by four lawyers who had met at a convention of the American Bar Association in 1959 to pray together, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization of Christian lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students whose members profess to follow the "commandment of Jesus" to "do justice with the love of God." The organization has grown to include 90 attorney chapters, 165 law school chapters, and four unincorporated ministry divisions. Members of the Christian Legal Society adhere to the following Statement of Faith: Trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior, I believe in: • One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. • God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. • The Deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; His vicarious death for our sins through which we receive eternal life; His bodily resurrection and personal return. • The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration. • The Bible as the inspired Word of God.

American Center for Law and Justice

Pat Robertson
Founded by Pat Robertson in 1990, The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C. Through work in the courts and the legislative arena, the ACLJ is dedicated to protecting religious and constitutional freedoms. By focusing on U.S. constitutional law, European Union law and human rights law, the ACLJ and its affiliated organizations are dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected. The ACLJ and its worldwide affiliates engage in litigation, provide legal services, render advice to individuals and governmental agencies, as well as counsel clients on global freedom and liberty issues. They also support training law students from around the world in order to protect religious liberty and safeguard human rights and dignity. As a non-profit organization, the ACLJ does not charge for its services and is dependent upon God and the resources He provides through the time, talent, and gifts of people who share our concerns and desire to protect our religious and constitutional freedoms.

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Paul and Jan Crouch
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) was founded in 1973 by Paul and Jan Crouch, and has grown into the world’s largest religious network. America’s most watched faith channel, TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeal to people in a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic and Messianic Jewish denominations. TBN features more original and exclusive programs than other faith channels, and conducts its ministry based on the following principles: • Belief that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept. • Belief that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. • Belief that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself. • Belief that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, Who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind, and Who rose from the dead, so that by receiving Him as Savior and Lord, man is redeemed by His Blood. • Belief that Jesus Christ in person will return to earth in power and glory. • Belief that the Holy Spirit indwells those who have received Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live righteous and godly lives. • Belief that the Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all those who, through belief in Christ, have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The mission of the Church is worldwide evangelization on the one hand, and the nurture and discipline of Christians on the other.

Christian Broadcasting Network

Pat Robertson
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) was founded in 1960 by Pat Robertson in Portsmouth, Virginia. CBN is a multifaceted nonprofit organization that provides programming by cable, broadcast and satellite to approximately 200 countries, with a 24-hour telephone prayer line. Chief among CBN's broadcasting components is The 700 Club, a daily television program featuring Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuswen, Gordon Robertson, Kristi Watts and news anchor Lee Webb. On the air continuously since 1966, The 700 Club is one of the longest-running programs in broadcast history. Seen in 97 percent of the television markets across the United States, the show's news/magazine format presents a lively mix of information, interviews, and inspiration to an average daily audience of one million viewers. The 700 Club Prayer Counseling Centers in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee provide prayer, scriptural counsel, and literature to people who call CBN's toll free telephone prayer line. The center's phones are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by a staff of paid, volunteer, and "on call" workers who are trained in offering comfort and encouragement from a biblical perspective. In addition to the network ministry, Pat Robertson founded Regents University in 1977 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and has enrollment of over 4,000 students.

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