Its important to understand the different roles that everyone play in God’s work. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body” – 1 Cor. 12:12 We support pastors and missionaries so that they can do the work they have been called to do. Without them working day in and day out on the ground, nothing would get done. Without our support, they would not be able to do their part.
The work in Romania is done though local foundations. They are properly formed NGO’s that have their own independent boards, rules and oversight. They are set up to exist as independent organizations, even if we someday are unable to do our part.
The local pastors provide the leadership over all the good works that are done. They are fully committed to being pastors and receive no personal financial support for all the work they do. They work at jobs or in business to support themselves and their families. I’ll expand on this in another post, but they are the hardest working men I know. They work full time, are full time pastors and run orphanages full of children. And they do it with excellence.
The Haven of Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that has received its 501(c)3 status from the US IRS. Any financial contributions made to the Haven of Hope Foundation will be fully tax deductible. The Haven of Hope Foundation has no (zero) overhead. 100% of money contributed goes to the work it was intended to support. We have done everything we know how to do to ensure our work is done with transparency.
These points may seem pretty basic and you might otherwise expect that they are to be taken for granted. However, these points are what sets us apart. We have local leadership who have committed their whole lives to the work they are doing. We have done the same in our own ways. Working with this structure allows people to know that 100% of their contributions are used as they are intended to help people. Nothing is spent on “administration”. We have the ability to closely follow every program and make sure that the part of the body that provides the funding stays connected to the part of the body that administers the giving.