Barnabas Aid’s International Director Dr Patrick Sookhdeo expressed his gratitude to supporters around the world at the UK Barnabas Supporters’ Day in Swindon on 11 June.
“I cannot fully express how much we appreciate you,” said Dr Sookhdeo to around 200 supporters and staff present and an estimated 800 watching online. “None of this would be possible without the grace, the goodness and the blessings of our Lord, nor without your involvement, your prayers.”
The event also included the formal opening and dedication of our food.gives warehouse in Swindon, UK, with prayers and readings from Barnabas Aid’s patron Lord Carey of Clifton, and the chair of the UK board of trustees, the Marquess of Reading.
The warehouse first went into operation in September 2021, since which time more than 350 tonnes of food and other practical aid have been sent to needy Christians in different parts of the world from Barnabas supporters in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
“We felt that we must go beyond simply sending money and start delivering aid,” explained Dr Sookhdeo. “We must now deliver food to those areas where we cannot send money, for whatever reason.
“We can send medical supplies and goods to enable Christians to survive into the future,” he continued. “This warehouse is a part of that.”
Echoing Dr Sookhdeo’s remarks, International Director of Projects Caroline Kerslake said, “It is only by the grace of God and through the gifts and prayers of His people all around the world that we are able to bring hope and aid to our persecuted and suffering brothers and sisters.”
Ms Kerslake highlighted just some of the vital relief work being funded by Barnabas Aid worldwide, including feeding programmes, practical support for victims of anti-Christian violence and natural disasters, medical projects, schools and apprenticeships.
“May I say a very, very big thank you for the part that you have played in making these things possible,” she added.
Dr Prasad Phillips, Deputy Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, outlined the work of “Barnabas Academia” including The Shepherd’s Academy in providing theological education and Church leadership training throughout the Global South.