by Alison Pierce

As we start the new year, the Missions Committee would like to thank all who continue to give so generously to our church Missions Fund. Because of your donations, we are able to serve those in
our community, state, country, and throughout the world.

This month, the Missions Committee voted to donate $750 to Doctors Without Borders. Our dollars will help care for people affected by conflict, disease outbreaks, and natural and human-made
disasters. The organization provides medical care to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.Their independence and impartiality are essential to their work in
all places as they respond to crises.

When donating to charities, we frequently consult various organizations, such as Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, that monitor non-profits before deciding where to spend our Missions
giving budget. Charity Navigator gives Doctors Without Borders a rating of 98% and a 4 star rating, which means we can give our dollars with confidence in their accounting and finance practices,
policies, and disclosures. Charity Watch similarly gives Doctors Without Borders and “A” rating with roughly 85 cents of every dollar donated directly supporting their programs.