What does NFGM do?
We show up on the frontlines, we follow up in temporary refuge countries, we keep up in new home countries. For example, in 2009 we visited Iraqis in their homeland Qaraqosh – El-Musol – before ISIS was created. Then we followed up with the same Syriac community in Erbil, Turkey, and Greece from 2011 to 2015. Our next check up on them came as they settled in countries like Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.
NFGM help with small-term projects that deals with a targeted need for a specific period of time – such as buying hundreds of fans to help displaced families in tents to endure high temperatures at Duhok, Iraq.
Other projects are designed to leave a bigger impact on communities’ long-term lifestyle and education. We assist small business startups by presenting the know-how, the means, and helping get their products to market. We concentrate our investments in young generations, socially and culturally – with the goal to raise awareness and equip them for a better civic engagement.
What is NFGM history?
Nizar Fares Global Ministry (NFGM) started with Nizar’s story
Becoming an orphan after losing his father at the age of two, Nizar Fares was raised his entire childhood in a boarding school in Lebanon. After moving back with his mother, and to a day school, the second and third waves of war once again overshadowed Lebanon.
As a teenager in the late 1980’s, Nizar was a soloist in a choir at Jeitawi hospital in Beirut, but also he was gifted in doing handcrafts. There were now no schools, no jobs, the entire population was mostly hiding in underground shelters. Often Nizar and his friends in the choir were stuck as the shelling intensified. So it was during this time that he received the vision to arrange an exposition of handmade crafts – with the goal of helping an orphanage called “Cedar’s Home”. The idea succeeded, and the shelter benefitted in many different ways. This choir of young teenagers were so satisfied with the outcome, and they began assisting with other charities just to put smiles on the faces of children.
After Nizar answered his call for worship leading and became a Christian recording artist, he was often invited to boarding schools, orphanages, homeless shelters, and nursing homes to pray, encourage and worship. Then he took a next step – inviting his team, and the prayer group to join him in Philanthropic acts that became ongoing starting 2002.
A striking story inspired Nizar to open a not-for-profit organization at his first opportunity. On a Christmas night in 2008, Nizar and 18 prayer team members prepared their dinner, and went to visit a community of people – in a mountainous village in Batroun district- Mount Lebanon.
Their inspiration was to minister to many, then pick one family to have dinner with. Following several stops, they ended their Christmas at a tiny house where parents, in-laws and six children lived together. The mother of the six was clearly exhausted, but she never stopped smiling or complained, and provided them with a memorable hospitality, they all could feel how tired she is.
Bringing food, cloths, gifts that night for the children, and helping in organizing food in her kitchen, it was heartbreaking to discover that this lady was using her refrigerator as a cabinet – they simply couldn’t afford to pay the electricity for their refrigerator. In addition, she washes her entire family’s clothing by hand. Every member of the team realized how the need was constant – one time help though a blessing would never be enough!
The neighbor, a middle-aged lady, had two severe special-needs children ages 19 and 18. They were squeezing by with a minimum wage, but both children needed diapers 4 times a day, seven days a week – a total of 2856 diapers a year – A burden to be sure.
As individuals, we can make a difference. However, as a group, our actions multiply. Joining a not-for-profit organization like NFGM, together we become an interconnected current of productive waves visiting the shore without a break.
Every human being has a story, most of us remember our past, we live the present and dream for the future. At NFGM, we have invested every experience from yesteryears into future harvests, living by Grace, preserved and projected within a vision, induced by a Calling!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2: 10
Is NFGM affiliated to a certain Christian denomination?
NFGM is a religious organization that follows the “one holy, catholic and apostolic church” (as mentions the creed of all churches). We build bridges with all churches, as we are all branches of the same vine. At NFGM – Unity is our watchword- every day of the year with all our Christian brothers and sisters. We “look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith“.
Does NFGM serve only Christians?
NFGM serves any religion, race, gender, or ethnicity. Though, NFGM has a particular empathy and focus on children and women, especially those who have lived under a Middle Eastern Male-dominated mentality, NFGM cares for all minorities in the Middle East – and never differentiate between two needy people. Read more about who We Are , and our Core Statements
Is my donation spent in the right place?
When you donate your dollars, there are categories that you can specify – reflecting your preferences your are led to support. As our NFGM team visits families in need and feel the urge to prioritize some projects over others, we will stress that need in our newsletters and print outs.
NFGM tracks every transaction and tag every donation, investing it according to your desires. Sometimes, due to unpredictable circumstances in the conflict zones, we decide as a board to answer an urgent need to fill the gap.
Does NFGM serve only overseas?
As a registered organization with the United States government, NFGM serves similar ethnic local communities here in America – assisting new immigrants and refugees as they settle in their new country – much like we help displaced families overseas with relief and other educational, spiritual and emotional needs.
Nizar Fares and the Team