As the humanitarian partner of Cru®, Global Aid Network® (GAiN®) expresses the kindness of Jesus to people living in the toughest places on earth by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope.
We accomplish our mission, in partnership with international Cru ministries, through three programs: food and agriculture, clean water, and critical aid. Our partners at Cru work in more than 191 countries in the world.
Over the course of 25 years of ministry, GAiN has leveraged strategic global partnerships and the service of dedicated volunteers to relieve suffering for people through humanitarian assistance.
Where We Work
Through partnerships with churches, organizations, and individuals, GAiN reaches into the lives of people living in the toughest places on earth.
We work with in-country partners to provide sustainable food and water solutions to communities in Africa. We show the kindness of Jesus to refugees in the Middle East and East Africa who fled violence in their home countries. We bring clean water, food, and clothes to families living in poverty in the Americas. We supply children in Central Asia with essential items for school.
These are just a few examples of how GAiN takes action to aid hurting people. Most importantly, we share the eternal hope of Jesus with those we help.
History of GAiN
When the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991 led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, thousands of men, women, and children found themselves caught in the wake of economic hardship. Josh McDowell Ministry™ began Operation Carelift to address the physical needs of these impoverished people while sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. By 2003, Operation Carelift had mobilized thousands of Christians and moved countless tons of humanitarian aid to the former Soviet Union and beyond. To advance this expanding ministry, GAiN was formed in 2003 as a separate agency.
Today, independent GAiN resource offices operate in the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Holland, Korea, Philippines, Spain, the U.K., and Switzerland. GAiN’s focus on the Great Commandment helps Cru and other partner entities fulfill the Great Commission in pursuit of Spirit-filled movements everywhere.