2019 Overseas Gifts

During 2019 Church in Chains distributed the following overseas grants, totalling over €112,000 (consisting of designated gifts from supporters, grants from churches and trusts, proceeds of fund-raising events and allocations from our General Fund). Money was distributed to our partner organisations working in the following countries:

Iran BaptismsIRAN – €24,230

Elam Ministries – to help support the underground church in Iran with the printing and distribution of New Testaments, leadership training and satellite television broadcasting.

 

 

Ahladpur Church Rebuilt CropINDIA – €21,200

Persecution Relief – to support Christians in India in the face of violent attacks from Hindu fanatic groups by providing immediate financial aid where it is needed to pay hospital or legal bills. Some of the money will be used to build a national refuge centre, “PARAN”, to provide accommodation and post-trauma care to widows and children of martyrs and to others who have been grievously harmed by the persecution of Hindu militants.

 

 

Boys in EritreaERITREA – €14,544

Release Eritrea – to support the families of Christian prisoners in Eritrea by providing food, clothes and medicines, and also to support  ex-prisoners (including those who have left the country and live as refugees in neighbouring countries).

 

 

 

Abolish Blasphemy Laws protest PakistanPAKISTAN – €9,850

CLAAS – €5,250 to provide practical help for families of Christians who have been imprisoned under the blasphemy laws and to provide aid for Christians enslaved in brick kilns.

Release International – €3,000 to support Christians in Pakistan, including families of Christians accused of blasphemy (some of whom have to flee their homes and go into hiding after facing death threats).

 

Mewish Bhatti BPCABritish Pakistani Christian Association – €1,600 to support families of Christians imprisoned under the blasphemy law and to contribute to legal costs for such prisoners and the support of BPCA worker Mehwish Bhatti (pictured).

 

 

 

 

Christian distributes literature in Central-AsiaCENTRAL ASIA – €8,888

Release International  – to support “underground” pastors, leaders of women’s ministries and those who help to run children’s summer camps.

 

 

IRAQ – €7,900

Steadfast Global – to provide aid for Christian refugees in northern Iraq, meeting ongoing needs such as food, clothing, fuel and medical care.  Some of the money is used to support “Project Recycle”, an initiative to renovate and repurpose abandoned houses in Iraqi Kurdistan for rent/purchase by Christians forced to flee their own homes in the Nineveh Plains region.

 

 

Children watching SAT-7MIDDLE EAST – €5,030

SAT-7  – to support the broadcasting of Christian satellite television in the Middle East and North Africa. This ministry is bringing a message of hope and love directly into the lives of millions of people every day.

 

 

PRISONERS OF FAITH – €5,000

Release International – to help families of Christian prisoners in China, Pakistan, Eritrea and elsewhere at Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 Sunday School Box InsideCHINA – €5,107

ChinaAid – towards the “Sunday School in a Box” project, designed for children who are now forbidden from attending church. The box contains a children’s Bible, a miniature video player and several Sunday School videos.

 

 

North Korea Bible Balloon

NORTH KOREA – €3,374

VOM Korea –  to support outreach to North Korea via balloons printed with Bible passages, Gospel radio broadcasts, training for underground North Korean Christians and support for North Korean Christian defectors.

 

 

Burnt church buildingETHIOPIA – €3,500

Steadfast Global –  to restore churches in the town of Halaba Kulito which were destroyed in arson attacks in early 2019.

 

 

Zion Church Sunday School (Hands)SRI LANKA – €1,018

NCEASL – to support the ongoing needs of victims of the terrorist attack on Zion Church, Batticaloa.

 

 

Platform 67 ProjectsWe also sent €2,600 to our partners Platform 67 for projects in Vietnam, China, Central Asia, Myanmar and North Africa.