Four Charities That Need More Exposure – and You Can Help.

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We’re called to acts of mercy. Specifically, we’re supposed to feed the hungry, give drink to thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and to care for the sick and imprisoned. And we do, mostly. Our churches do mission work, and the occasional offering supports some far flung evangelist in Southeast Asia. Maybe we even went a on a mission trip ourselves at one point. And besides, Christian charities are huge: everyone knows World Vision and what they do. Sometimes, we see that a charity gives 90% of every dollar to need, super low administration costs – without actually knowing what they achieve or how they do it.

So as stewards of our resources and people who operate on paying it forward, here are four charities doing great work on necessary issues that you’ve probably never heard of.

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Feed the Hungry

As you might infer from its name, Feed the Hungry exists to provide food to underserved communities in the developing world. Founded over a century ago by missionary and statesman Lester Sumrall, the charity cuts out governments, businesses, and other middlemen to work directly with the community through local churches. For this reason, 93% of all funds go straight to the community known to be in need and identified by people actually living through it.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.