Website - IDES.org
International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES) is based in Noblesville, Indiana, seeks to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in times of emergency. The organization is primarily funded by Christian churches and Churches of Christ. Much of its relief effort is done through missionaries already in place in the countries needing assistance.
IDES has offered emergency relief in 90 countries around the world.
History of IDES
The inception of IDES came from the humble beginnings of founder, Milton Bates, from Marion, Indiana. Bates, an elder at the Marion Church of Christ, was touched by a television news program depicting the plight of the people of Bangladesh after a typhoon and tidal wave. Bates solicited interest in disaster relief, and in 1973, formed the first board of directors for the legally incorporated IDES.
Dick Sprague was added as the first staff member in 1974. After conducting business in the Bates home for 10 years, an office building was donated in 1983. The organization currently employs 9 full-time employees and relies on the support of thousands of volunteers.
Milton Bates died in 2007, leaving his son-in-law, Rick Jett, as the executive director of IDES.
IDES has developed a variety of interactive programs designed to involve those who want to be involved with those that have a need
Thai Peace Foundation (TPF)
Thai Peace Foundation’s goals are to develop teams of trained and equipped individuals to help in the empowerment of Bangkok's poor. The main outreach tool is the congregation working within their own community. All benevolent aid is given for the purpose of having the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
IDES and Hunger Relief
IDES seeks to offer relief for hunger caused by food shortages due to climate, drought, natural disasters as well as failures in the agricultural infrastructure and lack of technical knowledge. A drought in Kenya has caused 3 million people to go hungry, despite recent advances in farming technology. IDES interventions have helped to offset this crisis. Six new churches were established in this region as well. Five dollars a month will feed a family in Kenya.
Through the “God Always ProVIDES” program, within one week of the earthquake in Haiti, 100,000 prepackaged meals (a nutritionally complete blend of soy protein, enriched rice and dehydrated vegetables along with added vitamins and minerals) were shipped to Haiti and made available to the mission partners there. This initial shipment has been followed by other relief efforts including urgently needed medical supplies and safe drinking water. Project funding also continues to provide shelter, clothing, transportation of relief supplies and repairs to mission properties needed to help the influx of refugees. Currently, approximately, $450,000 has been allocated through twenty-four Christian Church/Church of Christ missions inside Haiti.