Care for orphans and hurting childrenread more
OUR 3 A's
Advocacy is working through government leaders (US Congress, State Deptartment, and the White House) to change legislation, bring pressure on persecuting countries, or to secure the release of the imprisoned.
The Dream: I Am Not A Person That Has Special Delivery Dreams From God. . .This Was Different!
In 2002 I was finishing up an 11 year career with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). My financial support was drying up and I sensed God was moving me out of CCC. I had been crying out to Him in prayer for 2 years waiting on an answer from Him as to what my next assignment was. During that time I went out to California to meet with CCC’s JESUS Film staff and stayed overnight in a hotel.
In the early morning hours, I had a dream wherein I was speaking to an imaginary businessman (call him Bill) on the phone. I hung up the phone and went by his business. When I arrived there all his workers were standing outside. I asked them where Bill was and this is what transpired in the dream.
"Where’s Bill?" I asked.
I said, "Well, where is he?"
They said, “No, he’s ‘gone’ He’s dead”
I said, "There’s no way. I was just talking to him 20 minutes ago."
They said, "No, really, he died."
We went back and forth with me saying he’s not dead and his workers insisting he was until, in a state of agitation, they said, "I'm telling you, he's gone. He dropped dead and we don't know what to do with the business. Do you want to run it?”
"I don't know what about this and that (details about the business). . ."
That was the dream. Not especially strange as dreams go. Well, I awoke after the dream and 20 minutes later I decided to check my messages on the cell phone. A friend and financial supporter had called and asked me to call her. I called her and she said, "This is really out of the blue, but my husband and I are connected with an organization whose founder just passed away and all I can think is you are the guy for the job. Are you interested?"
That was the beginning of a lot of life changes. The dream confirmed to me that God was calling me specifically to ICC but that doesn’t necessarily make the job any easier. You see, we face a daunting task: to touch, free, heal, sustain and build God’s suffering Church (our family and His body).
God calls us to this work of serving the persecuted (His body) and yet, it’s not a problem we can solve. Jesus told us the world would hate us and persecute us. This wasn’t a mistake or aberration; it is the normal course of things if we are living out the Christian life.
We are called to serve His suffering body ("I was in prison, and you visited me"). We are called to remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are spat upon, fired from their jobs, raped, tortured, and murdered; All because they love the author of life.
I am struck by something very clearly. This job is too big for you and me. Like children we have to cry out to our Abba Father. . . “Please Send Help.” Pray that God would use us to bring relief to His body and that we would glorify Him in everything we do.
Will you join us?
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.