Christian Aid Mission

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Christian Aid Mission seeks to establish a witness for Christ in every nation by assisting indigenous ministries based in areas of poverty and persecution, giving priority to ministries sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with unreached people groups. Today, we work with hundreds of indigenous ministries in eight regions of the world that share the gospel with more than 2,000 unreached people groups. Due to international security concerns, Christian Aid Mission has requested that their financial information not be posted on the internet. To receive a copy of their audited financial statements, please contact Christian Aid Mission directly.

We evaluate every indigenous ministry we assist to verify their faith, financial integrity, and fruitfulness. Then we help them sustain and grow their work by making their needs known to believers in developing nations who supply them with prayer and financial support.

The ministries we assist are fully independent and not affiliates of Christian Aid Mission. They are led by evangelical Christians who live and work inside of their own countries.

Christian Aid Mission works with hundreds of indigenous ministries that share the gospel of Christ with more than 2,000 unreached people groups in eight regions of the world: Africa, China, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Aid Mission
PO Box 9037
Charlottesville, VA 22906-9037


Phone: (434) 977-5650


Organization details

EIN: 520908482

CEO/President: David Bogosian

Chairman: Kimberlee Barrett-Johnson

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Robert Finley

Year founded: 1953

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


"A Witness for Christ in Every Nation"

As one of the oldest U.S. organizations to assist and promote indigenous ministries, Christian Aid Mission networks with hundreds of indigenous ministry leaders around the world and partners with international missions organizations to identify and reach unengaged and unreached people groups for Christ.

Christian Aid Mission currently assists more than 500 ministries overseas that have tens of thousands of indigenous or native missionaries in the field. These ministries are engaging more than 2,000 unreached people groups in more than 130 countries around the world.

The Mission has Area Directors who work with ministries in seven regions of the world: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Former Soviet Union, Africa, China and Latin America. Area Directors travel to their regions and communicate frequently with ministries to keep up with their work, needs and current events.

Christian Aid Mission extensively evaluates each ministry for their faith, financial integrity and fruitfulness before and while assisting a ministry. They function as the ministries' "supply line" by serving as their administrative and fundraising staff. We make the needs of the various ministries known in the U.S. and other industrialized countries and ask for prayer and support. We print and send ministries' mailings and promote their work through our website, Prayerline - a monthly prayer needs calendar, church presentations, Missions Insider - a weekly e-newsletter, a printed magazine Christian Mission, social media and blog.

Mission statement

Assisting indigenous ministries based in areas of poverty or persecution, giving priority to ministries sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with unreached people groups.

Statement of faith

Christian Aid Mission's Statement of Faith is:

1 We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. By this is meant a miraculous guidance of the Holy Spirit in their original writing (II Pet. 1:21), extending to all parts of the Old and New Testaments, applying even to the choice of words, so that the result is the very Word of God; the only infallible rule of faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16).

2 We believe in one Lord God Almighty, who has revealed Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

3 We believe that as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death (Rom. 5:12, 6:23).

4 We believe in the virgin birth and true deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His death as the only true substitute for sin, and that His shed blood was and is a sufficient expiation for the sins of all men. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension, and exaltation above all heavens (Eph. 4:10).

5 We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that all who are so justified are born anew and receive eternal life which is Christ in us the hope of glory (Col. 1:27), but that those who have not been born again shall not see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

6 We believe in the everlasting blessedness of the saved who are in Christ, and that God Himself will judge the lost who are outside of Christ with eternal punishment.

7 We believe that a local church is the body of Christ in that locality (I Cor. 12:27), but that all regenerated believers are also one body in Christ (Eph. 2:16) and constitute the true church (Col. 1:24).

8 We believe in the pre-millenial second coming to earth of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and great glory, that He will change our vile bodies and fashion them like unto His glorious body (Phil. 3:21). We believe that He shall reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords upon this earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:5), and in Heaven forever.

9 We believe it to be the supreme responsibility of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ to plant His church among all nations (Rom. 1:5, Rev. 5:9).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

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Fund acquisition rating458 of 94228 of 51
Resource allocation rating161 of 94210 of 51
Asset utilization rating729 of 94034 of 51

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Robert (Bob) V. Finley

A few years after Christian Aid Mission founder, Robert (Bob) Finley, surrendered his life to Christ, he became an evangelist for Youth for Christ, alongside another young evangelist named Billy Graham. The two were sent all across the United States to speak at youth rallies, churches, seminaries, colleges, and Bible institutes.

From 1945 to 1947, more than 10,000 men and women dedicated their lives as missionaries during events at which Finley spoke. During this time, Finley was also working for another new organization, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, as an evangelist among university students.

Missionary to the Nations

In 1948, Finley went to Asia as a representative of both YFC and IVCF, and conducted evangelistic meetings in India and the Philippines. Later that year, Finley went to China, fulfilling the missionary desire the Lord had placed on his heart. But in 1949, the communists took over China and all foreign missionaries had to leave.

Finley moved on to South Korea, where he and Bob Pierce-who later founded World Vision and Samaritan's Purse-were the two principal evangelists in a great evangelical awakening that swept through that country. They conducted the largest evangelistic meetings ever held in Asia up to that time.

But when communists invaded from the North in June 1950, all foreign missionaries had to leave the country-just like they had to leave China the previous year. That's when Finley began questioning the paradigm of foreign missions.

"When all 6,000 of us were put out of the country, we had to fall on our knees and ask God how this could possibly be His will," said Finley. "Could it be true that we should not be there at that time?"

Paradigm Shift

Finley remained in Asia as an itinerant evangelist, conducting crusades in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines. In those places, he observed the effectiveness of indigenous Christian leaders in reaching their own people with the gospel. They spoke the same language, knew the culture and customs, and lived among the people they were trying to reach.

He heard about Bakht Singh, the most influential Christian in the history of India, who became a believer as a student in Canada and returned to his native land with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Finley returned to America determined to inform churches and ministry groups about the need to support indigenous missionaries and share the gospel with foreign students visiting the U.S. Those who accepted Christ could then take God's Word back to their respective countries or people groups.

"The example of the Apostle Paul stood out to me," said Finley. "He left his native Cilicia and went as a foreign student at the feet of Gamaliel in Jerusalem. While there God called him to return to Asia as an apostle to his own people. As I read more about missionaries in the Bible, I noticed they were nearly all native to the people they reached."

Christian Aid Mission

In 1953, Finley started International Students, Inc. to share the gospel with foreign students all over the U.S. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association provided ISI with headquarters office space in D.C., while Dawson Trotman, founder of Navigators, loaned four Navigators staff members to help grow the work in Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Finley served as president of ISI for 17 years.

From the beginning of ISI, Finley realized the need to have an overseas division to provide financial assistance for indigenous ministries, especially those led by men and women of God whom he had known as foreign students in America. In 1970, the Assisting Indigenous Developments or A.I.D. division of ISI became known as Christian Aid Mission, the premiere and foremost supporter of indigenous missions worldwide.

Since its inception, Christian Aid Mission has assisted thousands of indigenous ministries that have led millions of people to Christ throughout the world.

Finley retired as President and CEO of Christian Aid Mission in 2011 at age 89, and is fondly remembered by those who worked with him as a pioneer and visionary who gave his life for the sake of the gospel. He passed away on March 22, 2019, at the age of 96.

As the organization grew to support new ministries overseas, they quickly outgrew their space in D.C. In 1976, Christian Aid Mission moved to Finley's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.

In his autobiography, Apostolic Adventures, Finley wrote: "I am humbled to see God's hand leading me to be an advocate for native missionaries. I've seen these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much, sometimes their own lives, because of the call of God to reach their own people for Jesus Christ. I pray that Christian Aid Mission will continue to support native missionaries until every one of the tribes and nations on earth has a witness for Christ."

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With fervent prayer, we can reach the very throne of God on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world - Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Please pray for God's provision over these needs:

  • Pray for indigenous missionaries around the world who live in persecuted areas and poor living conditions who have such a bold burden for the lost that they are even willing to risk their lives to share Christ.
  • Pray for the more than 6,500 unreached people groups who have never heard the name of Jesus that God will send a witness to them.
  • Pray for churches to be planted and new believers discipled in unreached areas of the world as well as Bible translations for the first time in new languages and dialects.
  • Pray for God to raise up indigenous leaders and provide them missionary training and support.
  • Pray for indigenous ministries sharing Christ's love by meeting physical needs including childcare and education, feeding the hungry, wells and clean water projects, medical outreach, prison ministry, disaster relief, helping victims of human trafficking.
  • Pray for opportunities for self-sustaining projects to further ministry reach and independence