Frequently Asked Questions

What is SunErgos International?
SunErgos International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization encouraging people to serve in unity and reconcile more compassionate communities.

Who do we serve?
SunErgos International serves orphans, elderly and the poor through meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional and educational needs. Take a look at our 6 categories of people groups we serves, here.

What is the importance of serving the orphans?
The Hebrew word used for orphan is Yathowm from the root that means lonely and is translated “fatherless”.  The Greek word for orphan is orphanos which is translated as comfortless and fatherless.  The Bible refers to orphans over 40 times and it is stated emphatically that the Lord regards Himself as a father to the fatherless and has a special place in His heart for children who are orphaned.  James uses caring for orphans as an illustration of what is the essence of pure Christianity.

In the Bible children were considered orphaned if they had lost their father.  It is the reason that when orphans are mentioned inevitably, widows are mentioned as well.  The reason for that definition was because men were the financial bedrock of the home.  When they died the family was immediately thrown into crisis and most times into poverty.  Many current assessments of orphans refer to those children who have lost their mother as in most developing countries the mother is the stability of the home.

The current estimate by UNICEF is that there are 163 million orphans worldwide.  These are children who have lost one or both parents or for whatever reason are disenfranchised from the home because of abuse, neglect, poverty, war or other issues.  Most of these children have not heard the gospel and have a very bleak future because of their circumstances.

Where do you work?
SunErgos International began in 2003 with projects in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Our purpose is to minister to those children who are either orphaned or are at risk of being orphaned.  One of the ways we decide which areas to serve in is determined by researching impoverished communities that have a high number of orphan children or children at risk of being orphaned and assessing how SunErgos International can best meet the communities needs.  In 2010 we added several projects in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia.  We will continue to add locations and projects with prayerful exploration and as we receive additional financial commitments.

Can I get a receipt for my donations?
SunErgos International is a U.S. non-profit, public charity approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Donations can be made payable to SunErgos International and you will be provided with tax-deductible receipt at the end of the calendar year. IRS requires non-profits to provide a receipt for yearly donations over $75. To save administrative costs, we only provide a yearly receipt and for donations over $75. If you need a receipt sooner and/or for a donation under $75, please contact us.

How do I make a financial contributions?
Online through our website, by clicking on Donate Now.
Checks should be made payable to:
SunErgos International
24 Roy Street, Suite 191
Seattle, WA 98109

How is my donation used?
SunErgos International is committed to keeping administrative costs under 5%. We have designated donations that cover our Staff and overhead costs. Money donated to overseas programs will go directly to support the projects that immediately impact the orphans, elderly and the poor we serve.

I would like to volunteer. How do I do so?
We need volunteers to help with every part of our ministry from hosting fundraising events and traveling on mission trips, to helping raise money for our projects. Email volunteer@SunErgosInt.org if you would like more information on volunteering.

What are mission trips?
SunErgos International offers short, intermediate and long term mission trips for volunteers. Mission trip volunteers are vital to our ministry.  We want to continue strong relationships with the children as well as reach out to more orphans with humanitarian aid and sharing of the Gospel.
Click here to read more about mission trips.

Is SunErgos International an adoption agency?
No, we are not an adoption agency.  We work with orphans who are in a care center or a state run orphanage. We do not endorse any particular agencies, but strongly encourage you to use only licensed agencies that have a good reputation and verifiable references.

Is SunErgos International associated with a particular church or denomination?
No, the leadership and volunteers involved with SunErgos represent many different Christian churches throughout the United States and Russia.  Ministry leadership all agree upon the SunErgos Statement of Faith which you can read by clicking here.  If you have any questions about the Statement of Faith, please contact us;  a ministry representative will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.

What are some Facts and Statistics About Russia?
Capital – Moscow
Size/Area – 6,592,735 sq miles
Population – 143.4 million
Time Zone – 8-9 hours ahead of CST
Language(s) – Russian
Currency – Ruble (R)
Type of Government – Federation
Current Leader – President Vladimir Putin
Compulsory Education – 6 to 17 years
Literacy – 99%
Religion – Russian Orthodox
Spanning 10 time zones, Russia is the largest country on earth in terms of surface area, covering across Eastern Europe to Asia.

An organization you can trust

Since 2003, 99 percent of SunErgos International’s total operating expenses are used for programs that benefit orphans, elderly and the poor in Russia.