1972: Following a major typhoon that hit the already devastatingly poor country of Bangladesh, Milton Bates, a Navy Veteran and General Motors technician, and his wife, Janet, were deeply moved by the utter destruction they saw on the news reports. Burdened to help somehow, Milton and Janet prayed for God to reveal a way to unite the brotherhood of independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in a significant relief effort. After writing and sending over 500 letters from their own kitchen table to various Christian leaders, 9 men wrote back that they would support Milton if he volunteered to lead the effort. Faithfully, Milton and Janet continued to pray for direction, and for the missionaries they were connected with around the world. Then, at the North American Christian Convention a few months later (1973), Milton and these 9 leaders met together for the first time, and International Disaster Emergency Service was created.
Milton is survived by his wife, Janet, his 3 daughters Nancy, Janet-Elaine, and Louise, and his son Jim. This brief history is in loving memory of Milton, and of his son, Paul.
2016: Now, IDES has expanded to 12 staff members working out of our very own headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana. We serve in five main Focus Areas around the world:
Our network of generous donors and faithful partner-churches grows larger each year as we strive to continue the mission that Milton began, in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.
IDES is a registered 501(c3) organization as recommended by the United States IRS.
Any gift made to IDES qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, and you will be receipted. EIN 23-7348277.
Milton Bates, Founder of IDES