Meeting the Needs of the Body: ICC’s COVID-19 Response
06/16/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Three months after COVID-19 pushed the United States and many other countries into lockdown, International Christian Concern continues to serve persecuted Christians still suffering from the economic and social effects of the global pandemic.
ICC implemented COVID-19 relief projects in Nigeria, Kenya, Iraq, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia. As a result of these projects, ICC has served around 3,500 individuals and families with the necessary aid for them to survive. The recipients of the aid generously given by ICC’s donors vary in their situation.
In Nigeria, ICC provided relief to Christians who were suffering and without support while in Kenya ICC served Christians who were denied aid.
ICC provided support to Muslim Background Believers (MBBs), ISIS Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq. In Egypt, ICC met the food needs of Hope House families and MBBs.
Bibles and Bikes pastors in India received food aid from ICC while in Pakistan ICC provided food for many families that were denied aid from mosques or other food distributions. In Sri Lanka and Nepal, ICC provided support for pastors who lost support because their congregations were also struggling. In Nepal specifically, ICC aided 10 pastors who were wrongly arrested on fake COVID-19 charges. In Afghanistan, ICC provided aid to Christian converts who were cut off from their support systems.
In Myanmar, IDP Christians in Rakhine State were provided with two months of food relief. ICC also provided food aid to around 700 individuals from 190 pastors’ families in Indonesia.