_The History of Christ for Humanity

Christ for Humanity’s roots lie deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains of northern Mexico.  While on a family vacation in 1989, the founders of the ministry, Mark and Tina Rollins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were appalled by the living conditions of the indigenous people in this region.   Christ for Humanity was originally formed to arrange short-term mission trips (primarily medical, dental, and eyeglass fitting) for individuals interested in enhancing the work of missionaries living in northern Mexico.  In 1991 the ministry funded the construction of a church in the remote mountain village of Baborigame and began send Christian work crews to help Mexican and native believers complete the project. Baborigame Bible Church was formally dedicated in July 1993.

That same year, God began growing the ministry in a totally different direction. CFH received a grant from the U.S. State Department to ship humanitarian aid to the former Soviet Union after the fall of the Iron Curtain.  Over the next ten years, the ministry collected more than 9 million pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies, shipping the aid to Christian field workers serving across the length and breadth of the Russian empire.  A CFH missionary lived in St. Petersburg, handling the distribution of aid and God’s Word to a cross section of Russian society.  God’s hand moved in a mighty way in Russia, affording CFH a Certificate of Merit from the U.S. government and allowing this small, Oklahoma-based ministry to become one of the top 11 aid shippers under the Project Support Freedom program. After 2001, governmental regulations reduced shipping destinations dramatically, and today, CFH only sends one or two containers a year to ministries in the Ukraine.

When God closes a door, He often opens a window, and once again Christ for Humanity began to grow in still another direction.  In November 1996, CFH received the gift of its current facility in Tulsa, opening the door to local outreach. 

When people began visiting the ministry seeking help, the staff decided to establish an emergency food pantry. As the needs of area poor increased, Christ for Humanity responded.  Today, CFH’s local ministry includes the distribution of food, clothing, household items, furniture and medical supplies to the needy.  CFH also sponsors a number of outreach programs around Tulsa, providing on-site discipleship classes through its 1st Steps program and joint venture outreaches with area churches at Tulsa Housing Authority projects through the CFH Adopt-a-Facility program.  The ministry offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in serving the Lord, as well.  Volunteers organize and manage the bulk of CFH’s local and international humanitarian relief efforts: filling food boxes; sorting, dating and boxing medication for international use; inventorying and boxing medical supplies; and managing the ministry clothes closet and household items room. Christians interested in evangelism have the opportunity to mentor new believers or lead weekly Bible studies. More adventuresome believers may wish to join a CFH sponsored mission trip to West Africa. The ministry is ready to help in any way it can to enable God’s people to “get out the pew and go to the poor.”   

Christ for Humanity is proof that God can use the most ordinary people to impact the world for Christ.  Who would have guessed that the simple desire to help indigenous people in the mountains of northern Mexico would blossom into a ministry helping missionaries in 50+ countries worldwide?  All God desires is that Christians have a heart to serve, and He will open opportunities.  When God guides, He provides.

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