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Equipping persecuted leaders

Country/Region: Central Asia, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Algeria

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“You made it possible for us to remain in the Lord’s service when every reason urged us to retreat from discouragement, retreat from lack of sufficient funds and retire from insufficient know-how. You have encouraged us, funded us and educated us when we so much needed it. If we are a kite the Lord is flying, you are the string in his hands.” Francis Omondi, senior ministry leader, Kenya

Equipping, supporting, training and encouraging – Barnabas Fund is partnering with senior Christian leaders to enable them to keep serving in key ministries in contexts of pressure and persecution.

with Bible and Theological Colleges

“This study is blessing of God for me. The Lord … has transformed my mind.” A senior church leader in Uzbekistan

In the last two years, Barnabas Fund has supported 10,240 Christians who are equipping themselves for service by studying. We support theological colleges, Bible colleges, and other Christian training institutes in 26 countries, including Algeria, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan. We also fund specialised training to equip leaders with particular skills needed in their own ministry contexts and to help them face persecution.

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through Resources

“It was my great desire to get this Bible… The whole congregation will be blessed through this book.” Pastor Sharif Khokhar in Pakistan, who received an Urdu Study Bible from Barnabas Fund

Many courageous Christian leaders are ministering in situations of great poverty and hardship. They may have few or no resources to help them, sometimes not even a Bible. Barnabas Fund provides Bibles, reference books and all kinds of ministry resources to enable them to function more effectively. Strengthening pastors enables them to strengthen their congregations, so they can stand in the face of persecution. In the last two years, we provided 1,480,834 pieces of Christian literature, including Bibles and other items in 14 languages and 24 countries.

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with Pastors and Evangelists

“I thank you and the brothers and sisters in Barnabas Fund organisation who are a great blessing to me and my family, as you have been my partners in the work which the Lord has accomplished through me. I am truly very encouraged and relieved on the issue of finance for my needs and the needs of my family.” Pastor H. from Algeria

Barnabas Fund has helped to support 573 full-time Christian workers in 33 countries in the last two years. Ministering in their homeland or amongst their own people group, these evangelists, church-planters and pastors are serving faithfully in contexts of hardship and hostility.

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In the past two years Barnabas Fund has:

  • provided 1,480,834 pieces of Christian literature, including Bibles
  • supported the daily needs of 573 pastors and evangelists in 33 countries (277 pastors, 296 evangelists)
  • helped in the training of 10,240 Christian leaders in 26 countries
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“I have benefited much from the sane, well informed, reliable and brave resources coming from Barnabas Fund. They help the church respond wisely and faithfully to challenges facing our brothers and sisters around the world.”
Ajith Fernando, National Director of Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

Will you partner with them?

£39can pay for three days’ training for a church leader in Central Asia

£15can pay for a pastor in Pakistan to receive an Urdu study Bible and synopsis of the four Gospels

£22can help support an evangelist in Ethiopia for one month

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    • “The training helped me to establish the foundation of my faith in the Word of God and build my life on it. I deliberately teach the course to my friends.” Mr Lepcha, a Nepali living in India, had participated in a tutor training course sponsored by Barnabas that equipped him to lead Bible training courses. He then also started serving as an elder in his church. Give thanks that these courses are building up the faith of 419 Christian students and 54 teachers, most of whom are converts from other religions. It is also helping them stand strong when they meet resistance from their relatives and communities. Pray that they will experience God’s comfort when experiencing persecution and God’s strength to reach out in love to those who are hurting them. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 21 hours ago

    • Pray for a Christian family in Kandhamal in Orissa state, India, who have been left devastated after their home was destroyed for the third time by Hindu extremists. The Digals of Budruka village were among hundreds of Christian families to lose their home in the horrendous anti-Christian violence of December 2007. They returned two months later and rebuilt their house, but in August 2008 the attacks resumed, and their second home was also destroyed. After receiving financial aid from the government they were able to rebuild it again this year, but in April it was wrecked once more, shattering their hopes of returning to their village to cultivate their land. Pray that the Lord will comfort them in their distress and provide them with a peaceful dwelling-place and secure home (Isaiah 32:18). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Sep 2014 00:00

    • The landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s general election in May sparked alarm for Christians and other minorities in the country. The BJP is the political wing of a Hindu nationalist movement, Hindutva, which is striving to make India a religiously pure nation. It has given support to Hindu extremist groups that attack Christians, and states under the party’s rule have generally experienced a rise in anti-Christian violence. The BJP has introduced “anti-conversion” laws in a number of states, which are used to prevent legitimate Christian evangelism. Prior to the general election, the BJP pledged to introduce national legislation to curb “missionary” activity and end proselytising if elected. Pray that the BJP will rule justly and that the rights and freedoms of all Indian citizens will be upheld. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka facing attacks from Buddhist extremists, who have forced the closure of numerous churches. In an apparently positive move, the government has created a Religious Disputes Unit to address conflicts between different groups and combat attempts to create religious discord. But many Christians and Muslims believe that Buddhist extremists are allowed to operate with impunity and that the new unit will not solve the problems faced by non-Buddhists. A cap on the building of places of worship has also been announced, and this seems to serve the Buddhist lobby, which is opposed to expanding Christian activity. Pray for protection for Christian congregations and that their ministry and mission will not be further impeded. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Cry out to the Lord for Alexis Prem Kumar, a 47-year-old Christian minister from India who was abducted in Afghanistan on 2 June. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but three Taliban militants have been arrested in connection with it. Alexis had worked for an NGO in Afghanistan since 2011, helping returning refugees. He was leaving a school near Herat for Afghan children who have recently returned from Iran or Pakistan when he was seized. Give thanks for Alexis’ willingness to serve the Lord in what remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians, and pray for his safe return. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Sep 2014 00:00

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