Human needs ministries

Migrant factory workers find hope through healthcare

While much has been reported about the working conditions of East Asian factories like Nike and Dell, much less has been written about the hope Christian workers are bringing to factory workers through community health training or CHT.
“CHT equips Christian workers and local believers with basic healthcare principles and skills,” explains project director Sally Kennedy.* “This approach allows us to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of factory workers.”
Migrant factory workers are usually uneducated and lack knowledge about basic health care, Kennedy explains. As a result, illnesses that reduce worker productivity are common as are boredom-fueled alcohol and tobacco addictions. In addition, many workers are not “residents” of the city and do not have access to affordable health care or other social services. 
CHT helps address these issues by working with factory owners to offer on-site medical clinics. In 2013, funding from Global Hunger Relief (formerly the World Hunger Fund) allowed CHT workers to hold medical clinics in 10 large factories where CHT teams treated more than 1,000 workers.

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You can help Southern Baptist human needs ministries like these by donating to the IMB's General Relief Fund.


Human needs ministries offer Southern Baptist missionaries the opportunity to love God and their neighbor by combining spiritual and physical assistance.

All human needs projects:

  • have an intentional spiritual strategy and share the Gospel.
  • have Southern Baptist personnel who are a part of the community or remain in contact with the community being served.
  • involve local input and expertise to help personnel assess needs and establish goals that make sense culturally, economically and efficiently.
  • have accountability measures.


Donate today
The World Hunger Fund and General Relief Fund are not supported by either the Cooperative Program or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Your gift will enable us to continue meeting many of the human needs around the world.

Global Hunger Relief
Minister to people in need when you give through Global Hunger Relief (formerly the World Hunger Fund), designed to aid in community development and disaster response. Go here to donate.

General Relief Fund
The General Relief Fund provides blankets, tents, plastic sheeting, reconstruction materials and transportation costs during crisis situations as well as non food-related needs in development projects. Go here to donate.

To donate, please make your check payable to the International Mission Board and write World Hunger and/or General Relief Funds on the memo line of your check. Mail to:

International Mission Board

Attn: Finance/World Hunger and/or General Relief Funds
PO Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230

Disaster Response
Southern Baptists are mobilizing to provide disaster relief to areas affected by recent natural disasters. Give to help victims of disasters through our SBC partner, Baptist Global Response.