Frequently Asked Questions
Is Christ For India affiliated with any church or denomination?
Our statement of faith is the same as that of the National Association of Evangelicals*; and we are an interdenominational work. Christ For India’s commitment has never wavered. We are keenly aware of the part we can play in sharing God’s love. The staff are followers of Jesus Christ, dedicated to developing children worldwide. We are working exclusively through local churches and the Christ For India fellowship in India.
Who administers the Child Sponsorship Program?
Can I write to my sponsored child?
Will I hear from my sponsored child?
Your sponsored child would love to hear from you and will write back via translators. Please be patient. It is common for a reply to take up to two months. Long distances, remote locations in far away villages, and inadequate postal services make for slow communication. However, with ever increasing access to the internet, this is rapidly changing.
Can I donate additional funds for my sponsored child?
At times you may learn of special needs your child may have. The family may need a bicycle for transportation, or a new roof for their house. If you wish to make an additional donation to your child, your donation will be used to buy the item for your child.
Will my child learn about God?
We want to share the gospel with every child in the program – most programs are overseen by pastors and their wives who teach these children on a regular basis. We reach out to children of all faiths, however we honor our commitment to abide by local laws and customs. Christian teachings are vital to our sponsorship program.
Will I get updates on my child’s progress?
The children send peronalized Christmas greetings every year and at the end of the school year in India progress reports are sent.
Can I visit my child?
You may visit your child as long as we have at least 4 months advance notice to make necessary arrangements for a meeting with your sponsored child.
How long will my sponsorship last?
How does CFI protect sponsored children?
CFI is committed to protecting the security, privacy and dignity of a sponsored child. As part of that commitment, we request that you contact your child only thru our USA office. Child profiles are provided for the sole purpose of sharing appropriate information with you, the sponsor, and are not for distribution in any other manner. All Photographs and information about your sponsored child remain the property of Christ For India. Christ For India reserves the right to cancel a sponsorship at any time, for any reason deemed to be in the best interest of the child.
How do I make my contribution?
There are several ways to send child sponsor support. Automatic monthly giving with a bank or credit/debit card is the preferred method. We accept major bank major bank credit/debit cards. International sponsors find PayPal an easy way to send support. However we also accept checks or money orders made payable to Christ for India. You may choose to give monthly or annually.
How do I keep track of my contributions?
For sponsors in the U.S., each month we send a letter along with a self-addressed envelope thru which your monthly sponsorship can be mailed. At the beginning of each new year, you will receive a tax-deductible statement with the total amount of your annual giving for the previous year. This is your only legal receipt for income tax purposes. Christ for India is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to “Christ For India” are tax deductible. CFI Articles of Organization are available upon request. Your statement will include your child’s name, ID number, and the amount of your contribution. CFI is committed to helping the cause of the poor and needy regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity or gender. We are here to demonstrate God’s unconditional love in action to all. Your relationship with your sponsored child makes you a very important person who has a significant role in his or her development. You stand alongside parents, pastors, teachers, family and friends who are taking an active role in encouraging and developing the child.
A focus on child development:
A goal of child discipleship:
We believe the most loving thing we can do for children is to introduce them to Jesus Christ. When children discover their worth to God, their self-esteem blossoms. Children who recognize their roles, as disciples are a strategic part of today’s Church. Our goal, then, is to take a child from the brink of survival to abundant life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
What percentages of expenditures are spent on program activities?
Throughout the years, Christ For India has consistently averaged more than 80 percent of total expenditures being used for program activities, with less than 20 percent being used for fund raising and administration.