Published: 11:40 GMT Standard Time - Wednesday 14 March 2012
Easter Appeal 2012
Young and vulnerable
On 16 October 2011, Ayman Nabil Labib (17) was beaten to death by Muslim classmates at his school in Egypt. The Christian teenager was set upon after his Muslim teacher told him to remove or cover up the cross on his wrist; he refused and instead revealed that he wore another cross under his clothes.
|Children at a Christian school in Sudan supported by Barnabas Aid
give thanks before eating
In Havelian, Pakistan, Faryal Bhatti (aged about 13) and her family were forced to flee their home after she accidentally misspelled a word when answering a question at school in September 2011. Faryal misplaced a single dot in one word, turning the word naat, which refers to praise of Muhammad, to laanat, which means “curse”. Despite her explanation that the mistake was unintentional, Faryal was beaten and expelled from her school.
At a time when they should be playing, learning and enjoying themselves without a care in the world, Christian children can face more pain and suffering than many of us may experience in our lifetime.
Because they are part of a despised minority, many Christian children around the world face hostility and injustice at school. Their parents are often too poor to send their children to a Christian school, where they would be treated with love and care.
Barnabas helping the helpless
|per month can sponsor one Christian child at a Christian school|
Barnabas Aid’s School-Place Sponsorship Programme enables over 6,500 Christian children who live in places of pressure or persecution to study in a safe and loving environment where they are encouraged in their faith. Will you sponsor one of them? Your help will enable a Christian child to get a good education in a Christian context. The children gain security, love and acceptance from Christian teachers and classmates and skills and qualifications to help them get jobs. Our unique sponsorship programme helps to keep the Church alive in the next generation by giving the children the precious opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Bible and the Christian faith.
Thank you for your support – but will you sponsor a Christian child this Easter time?
We would like to invite you to join us in helping vulnerable Christian children by sponsoring a Christian child, or maybe you are able to give a one-off Easter gift. Please would you reflect on this leaflet, which tells you about our Sponsorship Programme for persecuted Christian children? If you are able to join in this exciting programme, please see below for ways to give or download the form on the leaflet and send it to your nearest Barnabas Aid office.
A typical figure to support a child at school is £18 per child per month. Sponsors who give regularly will receive a card with a photo and personal information about one Christian child to aid their prayers and a twice-yearly newsletter about the project.
We thank you for your prayers for our young Christian brothers and sisters who are facing persecution.
With our Lord’s blessings this Easter,
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo
International Director, Barnabas Aid
P.S. If you have recently given to Barnabas Aid, please do not feel pressured to do so again, but please do pray in faith for Christian children in need.
If you would like to donate please send your donation to:
To make a one off donation online using our secure server.
Alternatively, you can give regularly here regional office.or by contacting your nearest
Alternatively, you may give to the General Fund (00-000)
and allow Barnabas to use it wherever the need is greatest.
If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference School-place Sponsorship Fund (00-514).
If you prefer to send a cheque by post: Click this link for the address of our regional office. Please quote project reference School-place Sponsorship Fund (00-514).
For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/514 to 70007 (Please note: This facility is currently available only to UK supporters).