Our mission is to take the light of Christ to the poor of our time.

We serve in 8 locations: Mozambique, Nigeria, Haiti, South Asia, Myanmar, Malawi, Uganda, and Mexico.




Our journey as an organization began when Alan and Melody Pieratt returned from a decade of missionary service in Brazil. While on furlough in late 1999, they felt called to start a mission that worked among the poor and enabled native missionaries with a heart for their people. The first meeting of the board of directors took place in March of 2000. Since then, CRI has grown from one project in Mozambique to over a dozen, from one staff member to over 60, and from one program that delivers aid to over 20.

An early CRI team holds a medical camp in Mozambique (2002)

An early CRI team holds a medical camp in Mozambique (2002)

The first Deep Forest church plant (2008)

The first Deep Forest church plant (2008)




We seek four outcomes from our work. They form the acronym CARE: Care, Awaken, Raise, and Enable. These outcomes lead to the Church’s growth and strengthening worldwide.



To address the most urgent spiritual and physical needs in our world, we begin with children. Learn how we care and educate children, their families, and their community.


We share our experiences with others. As we were awakened to the needs of the poor, our goal is to awaken God's people to compassion and generosity.


To those open to life-directing decisions, we offer exposure to God’s Word and overseas experience at our project sites.


We recruit, train, send, and support International and Western missionaries. 



Our People

At Children's Relief International, our people are our lifeblood. Everything we accomplish depends on relationships of trust built over time. Our team shares a set of convictions and a commitment to our mission. We minister in eight countries, located in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At each project site, our international partners develop strategies that take the light of Christ to the poor of their communities.




"Accountability starts with me, the president of Children's Relief International. I have the privilege of being the first in the line of accountability to our board of directors, to staff, to donors, to the IRS, and to the ECFA. I have the privileged position of taking Christ to the poor and enabling and encouraging others to do the same. To the extent that I can show that we do this well, I honor both the One who called us and the stakeholders who make our work possible. Financial accountability is essential because our donors' funds are sacred. They have been given into our hands to fulfill our mission of taking Christ to the poor. They are no less reserved for the pursuit of the Kingdom than funds given to the Temple in the Old Testament or to a church in the New Testament."

Dr. Alan Pieratt, PhD, MNM
Founder & President



Statement of Faith

Children’s Relief International’s board of directors produced our doctrinal statement. It gives an overview of a biblical doctrine that is evangelical in nature while reflecting the historical Christian creeds and confessions. The Statement defines the biblical perspective that guides our missions.