Care for orphans and hurting childrenread more
Suffering Wives and Children
James tell us that undefiled religion is to "visit orphans and widows in their distress." ICC takes this seriously, especially in regard to the persecuted church. The wives and children of church workers are barely able to care for themselves after a husband or father is imprisoned or martyred. We believe it is the duty of the Church to help them.
Since the Communist takeover of Vietnam, Christians have been targeted for their supposedly “anti-government” faith in Christ. Many are harassed for years, beaten, imprisoned, and tortured before finally fleeing the country with what little they can carry. In 2010, one Christian was tortured to death and many more were imprisoned after a violent clash with Vietnamese police in what became known as the Con Dau Massacre.
How We Helped
Thanks to ICC donors, eight families of imprisoned Christians, including the widow of the man tortured to death after the Con Dau Massacre, received aid over the course of seven months. The support allowed them to buy food while their loved ones were locked away and to hire an attorney to fight on their behalf. By 2012, many of the victims that ICC supported had been released and had fled Vietnam after facing unending attacks from the authorities. ICC was recently able to visit many of them in a nearby country as they began to build a new life. They expressed not only their gratitude to ICC donors for the crucial support, but that even now they remain willing, if necessary, to die for their faith.
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles. James 1:27
Support wives and children of imprisoned or martyed pastorsread more
Spread the gospel by supporting underground pastorsread more
Save women from abduction and sexual exploitationread more
Help rebuild communities devastated by persecutionread more
Other Projectsother projects
ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.