International Disaster Emergency Service is proud to present our brand new logo featuring three defining and symbolic characteristics: the Globe, the ICHTHUS, and the color Blue. We pray that our new logo effectively communicates who IDES is, why we exist, and what we care about. We pray that it becomes a symbol of hope to our mission partners, a symbol of unity to our supporters and volunteers, and a symbol of inspiration to you.
IDES is everywhere. Day in and day out, we work with mission partners stationed on every continent, serving those who are in need in over 100 countries. God promised Abram that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through him.” Jesus told His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” IDES stands upon God’s promises and acts in obedience to Jesus’ commands—worldwide.
God is everywhere. There is no nation, no state, no village, no person that God cannot see or does not care about. We worship a global God who desires all people to be in relationship with Him.
IDES is centered upon sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The word “ICHTHUS” is an acrostic made up of the Greek letters Iota, Chi, Theta, Upsilon, and Sigma which spell the Greek word for “fish.” Each letter stands for a Greek word: Iesous, Christos, Theou, Uios, and Soter—which translates in English to “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
Our Lord and Savior told the first disciples that He would make them into “Fishers of Men.” During an actual fishing trip, some of Jesus’ disciples were growing weary from the poor catch—so He told them to cast the net on the other side where they found multitudes of fish swimming right into their net. Jesus referred to fish as the “Sign of Jonah,” who spent 3 nights in the belly of a fish before being spewed out—representing Christ’s death and resurrection. On two separate occasions, Jesus miraculously multiplied mere loaves and a few fish into enough food for thousands of people. IDES believes that our Lord still multiplies blessings.
This symbol, sometimes referred to as the “Jesus-fish,” holds immense historical meaning for followers of Jesus. During the reign of the Roman Empire, Christians were persecuted to every extreme. In order to find out if someone was a follower or not upon meeting, it is said that one person would use his or her finger to draw the first arc of the fish in the dirt or on a wall. If the second person drew the second arc, they knew they could talk freely of their faith in Jesus.
IDES’ Core Values are: Compassion, Generosity, Evangelism, Integrity, Dependence on God, Partnership, and Glory to God. The color blue has taken upon many meanings throughout history.
Being the same color as the sky, it represents the Glory of God seen in His creation. In the middle ages, it represented loyalty—a key component of every sturdy Partnership. Often used in the medical professions, it represents healing and wisdom—both of which we must Depend on God to give. Sometimes the color is paired with other adjectives, such as “true blue”, because it is known to represent truth and honesty, which people of Integrity practice. In visual arts, the color is often used to illustrate spiritual realms, which we proclaim exist through Evangelism of the Gospel of Jesus. Blue is the color of the oceans, like the oceans of grace God shows to us—we practice Generosity in sharing this grace with others. Lastly, blue is a color of comfort and tranquility—which we wish to Compassionately restore to all those who are suffering.