Christian Aid Mission

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Christian Aid Mission seeks to establish a witness for Christ in every nation by assisting indigenous ministries in lands of poverty, where Christians are a persecuted minority, and where foreign missionaries are not allowed.

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

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 520908482

CEO/President: David Bogosian

Chairman: Chet Seapy

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Robert Finley

Ruling year: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


"A Witness for Christ in Every Nation"

Mission statement

Assisting indigenous ministries who are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in some of the world's most difficult mission fields, giving priority to ministries making disciples among unreached people groups.

Statement of faith

We believe in one Lord God Almighty, who has revealed Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, infallible, and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16).

We believe that sin entered the world through one man and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) But God, being rich in love and mercy, sent His Son to atone for our sin through the shedding of His blood, providing freedom from the penalty of sin and death to all who trust Jesus Christ as Savior.

We believe in the virgin birth and true deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His sinless life and miracles, His atoning death on a cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven as Lord overall, and His return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).

We believe that people 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 again as children of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and receive eternal life, which is Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

We believe that all people will be resurrected from the dead; those who are saved will spend eternity in the presence of God, and those outside of Christ will be eternally separated from God (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that all born again believers are one body in Christ and constitute the true Church. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).

We believe the gospel must be preached to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns (Matt. 24:14), and that it is the responsibility of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ to plant His church among all nations (Romans 1:5, Revelation 5:9).

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Sector: Evangelism Support

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Overall efficiency rating594 of 111019 of 35
Fund acquisition rating536 of 111121 of 35
Resource allocation rating391 of 111110 of 35
Asset utilization rating792 of 111025 of 35

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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."

Program accomplishments

FY23 Ministry Impact

Assisted over 200 ministries in Africa, China, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Asia

2,066,792 People Evangelized

42,485,976 People Evangelized through Media

3,095 Church Planted

544,829 Bibles Distributed

429,913 Children Cared For

303,120 Refugees Helped

1,093,430 People Given Medical Aid

630,440 People Fed

123,739 Disaster Victims Helped

182,662 People Trained

11,206 Persecuted Christians Helped

32,733 Missionaries on Field