Global Care is the “social justice” and disaster relief arm of International Network of Churches (inc) (formerly Christian Outreach Centre).
Our vision is to see individuals supported and communities transformed by the power of mates helping mates.
Our mission is to raise a resourced army of blue shirt volunteers who provide support to communities across Australia and overseas during times of disaster and everyday hardship.
Our method is to operate primarily through local churches, linking them with their communities. In times of national disasters, all local church Global Care operations link hands and work in co-operation to provide maximum assistance to those who need it.
Our primary funding comes via public donations and appeals, and through the distribution of our Global Care coin fundraising boxes throughout Australia. We also receive occasional government grants and the support of corporate sponsors.
For some 15 years, Global Care has helped devastated communities to rebuild and reconnect, and has done it by practical help at the ground level. It can be as small as a wheelchair, or as large as tsunami …if the need exists, Global Care is there.
Global Care does not go into a disaster area to preach – but it models “God in action” and many thousands of people worldwide have been able to see Jesus in action through Global Care army of staff and volunteers. “Jesus in overalls” is how someone put it, while another described Global care’s work simply as “mates helping mates – it’s the Aussie way”.
A Kinglake survivor sums it up: “Global Care was there when we needed them – I can’t praise them enough. What they did here was brilliant, fantastic. They did what was needed and they asked nothing in return. They just got in and did it.”