As an extension of the local church, Global Care operations are on a mission to love and serve their local communities.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Each local Global Care operation responds to the specific needs of the people in their respective community. Local operations have established food care programs, counselling services, low-cost shopping opportunities, and support for minority groups. In the event of a natural disaster, local churches are equipped and empowered to respond accordingly.
Under the banner of the charity, local churches in Australia can partner with local churches in developing nations to contribute to the growth and development of a particular region.
Check out the video below to see what we got up to in 2022!
In 1996, Global Care was established by key leaders from the Christian Outreach Centre (COC) movement. In the early days, Global Care was a network of professionals supporting international aid projects. At the time, the slogan was "making a world of difference".
The Townsville and Katherine floods in 1997 drew support from Global Care volunteers.
Inextricably linked to the COC movement, local Global Care activities began to emerge out of churches across Australia.
The bushfires in Victoria caused widespread devastation and great loss of life. 173 people lost their lives, 414 were injured, and 450, 000 hectares of land were burned. Between 2009 and 2011, Global Care volunteers helped the Kinglake community recover.
As Global Care evolved into a localised mission, the Global Care slogan changed from "Making a World of Difference" to "Mates Helping Mates".
National Others Week was launched to encourage intentional acts of kindness.
Eight Global Care volunteers ride 2200KM from Tweed Heads to the Twelve Apostles to raise money for and awareness of Global Care.
In the Northern Rivers region, local Global Care operations spent months helping their communities to clean-up after Cyclone Debbie.
In Fiji, Cyclone Winston and Cyclone Cook devastated the nation. Global Care volunteers responded by sending over shipping containers of food, tools, building and medical supplies, and educational materials. Volunteers flew to Fiji to support the affected communities and help with the rebuild.
The BBQ trailers were built as a resource for local Global Care operations to feed their community.
A road train worth of hay is donated to farmers affected by years of drought in Narrabri. An additional road train full of bottled water and food hampers is donated to support isolated communities.
Partnering with the Gold Coast Convention Centre, local churches, and other charities, we prepared and distributed 50,000 meals to people affected by COVID.
Facing the loss of a major sponsor, we created a challenge to raise funds for the future of our mission. In August, the INC chairman rode 620km across the Simpson Desert, on a fat bike, over eight days. In the end, the challenge raised over $80,000 for Global Care.
After 2 years of COVID-19 restrictions, pre-existing local Global Care operations began to open their doors again. Many new operations launched in response to the increased cost of living and mental health challenges.
We are on a mission to love and serve people.
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