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A holistic approach to persecution ministry

Every year, 200 million Christians suffer some level of persecution. The press is largely silent, and the Western Church remains asleep on the subject. We exist to build, bandage, and defend the suffering Body of Jesus.

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION – WE SEE THE FULL PICTURE

Persecution is a multifaceted problem that requires a comprehensive solution. For nearly three decades, ICC has developed a unique approach focused on Assistance, Advocacy, and Awareness. We exist to bandage the wounds of persecuted Christians and to build the Church in the most challenging parts of the world. Explore and share an overview of our ministry and the phenomenon of global persecution by downloading our ICC primer here.

What Makes Us Unique?

Agile

We are fast, nimble, and get in where others can’t. We execute difficult missions on the ground.

Integrity

We have a 5-Star Charity Navigator Rating with 28 years in ministry. We have a long history of growth.

Long-Term Care

We work with victims long term when needed, but don’t create dependency.

Ministry First

We put ministry before fundraising, serving the Lord and the persecuted first. We believe funds follow Godly work.

Three branches

Assistance

We bandage the wounds of victims, care for the wives and children of martyred pastors, and rebuild communities when attacked. We build the Church by broadcasting the Gospel, delivering Bibles, training pastors, and installing Bible presses in the most hostile areas of the world.

Advocacy

ICC actively seeks to influence policies and legislation that touch the daily lives of the persecuted. Through our work with US legislators and the State Department, we help free prisoners and push back against countries that persecute Christians.

Awareness

Many Christians are not aware of persecution because the press largely ignores it. ICC awakens the Church and the world to the very real sufferings of God’s children via daily news updates, social media, investigative reporting, and our monthly magazine, Persecution.

Advocacy

ICC works with the U.S. Congress and State Department to free prisoners and push back countries that persecute.

What is Advocacy?

targeting persecutors

ICC works with the U.S. government to hold persecutors accountable. We collect and submit evidence so government entities can use the Global Magnitsky Act to take action.

Congressional Briefings

Briefings ensure that Congressional members and staff are aware of issues and strategies regarding persecution cases to they can act to help the persecuted.

Congressional hearings

We work behind the scenes in Congress to move members to hold Congressional hearings on countries with poor religious freedom records to get persecution on the official record in congress.

Letters

Letters signed by multiple members of Congress regarding the government’s mistreatment and persecution of Christians bring light to their evil actions.

Legislation

By informing the discussion surrounding international religious freedom in the U.S. government, ICC secures direct assistance and relief for persecuted victims.

Petitions

Petitions are designed to support victims and to shed light on the evil that countries do to believers overseas. View the most recent petition here.

Take action

Contact your senator

Reach out to your senator to inform them about issues related to the persecuted church here.

Contact your representative

Reach out to your representative to inform them about issues releating to the persecuted church here.

Write to the persecuted

Write a letter to the persecuted by downloading a free letter writing packet here.

Assistance

We are fast, nimble, and get in where others can’t and execute difficult missions on the ground. We don’t parachute in. We work with victims for the long term when needed but don’t create dependency.

Our approach to field ministry

ON the ground staff

ICC employs indigenous field staff around the world to be our eyes, ears, and feet on the ground. These are people from the culture who carefully assess and evaluate each project to ensure that assistance is delivered efficiently and effectively. Most importantly, we equip Christians living in persecuted countries to face the enemy head-on through programs such as persecution preparedness trainings.

Inspected projects

A sad truth of international ministry is that scammers abound and are always ready to rip off well-meaning Western believers and churches. With a smiling face these people will propose relief projects to Western organizations and then offer to implement and verify them. ICC counters these dishonest practices by thoroughly verifying the effectiveness and integrity of relief projects. We achieve this by having a separate party responsible for receiving payments and verifying the projects. Those implementing, initiating, and managing a project in the field are monitored by the third party, to make sure that your donation is used wisely.

Teach them how to fish

ICC ministers to the immediate needs of those affected by persecution. Although we step in to help the persecuted in dire circumstances, we do much more than provide one-time aid. For instance, when a pastor is murdered, we assist his wife and children with necessary food, clothing, and shelter. We then go a step further and give the family livestock or a simple business they can operate on their own so that they have an independent and sustainable source of income.

Awareness

Persecution is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted approach and solution. For that reason, we are focused on Assistance, Advocacy, & Awareness. We exist to bandage the wounds of the persecuted Church, but we also seek to build the Church in the toughest parts of the world.

Waking up the west

The press ignores

200 million Christians suffer for their faith around the world. Many are surprised by this figure, likely because the mainstream press largely fails to report or adequately address persecution.

THE CHURCH IS ASLEEP

The Western Church doesn’t hear about persecution from the press and is largely asleep on the subject. ICC works to inform and awaken the free Church in regards to persecution.

OPENS PRISON DOORS

Evil and persecution like to operate in darkness. We bring light to persecution and as a result, the prison doors often open.

Trusted and Experienced Influence

ICC is recognized as a trusted source for information because of its presence within persecuting countries and its established expertise in Washington, D.C. For 25 years, we have monitored and responded to persecution where we have direct contact with victims and affected areas.

Spreading the word

Weekly updates

Our weekly Persecution Digest emails will keep you updated on ICC news stories, prayer needs, and the status of projects.

Social media

ICC utilizes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube to create communities of believers and advocates who pray and raise awareness for the persecuted.

Free magazine

Subscribe to our one-of-a-kind free monthly magazine filled with news, articles, testimonies, and stories about the persecuted church.

Understanding ICC

Since ICC’s creation in 1995, we have developed an effective and efficient system of bringing relief to persecuted Christians in need. We team up with trustworthy partners on the ground to develop and implement both immediate aid and long-term assistance projects. We then monitor our projects to ensure faithfulness to biblical principles and wise stewardship of funds.

Sources of Persecution

Evil

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
– Ephesians 6:12

Marxism

In communist countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea, Christians are targeted because of their allegiance to Christ instead of the Marxist regimes.

Radical Islam

Fundamentalist Islam is intolerant toward other faiths, and Christians suffer greatly in radical Muslim countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Indonesia.

Cultural

Christian persecution occurs because of social and cultural discrimination. Human beings in general are afraid and intolerant of that which is different.

Types of Persecution

Direct Forms of Persecution

Imprisonment & Torture

Church & Bible Restrictions

Attacks on Life & Property

Assassination

Forced Conversions

Crimes Against Women

Indirect Forms of Persecution

Education Discrimination

Denial of Rights

Job Discrimination

Legal Restrictions

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

ROMANS 12:14

Meet our president

Jeff King, ICC President

Jeff King has served as ICC President since 2003 and is one of the world’s top experts on religious persecution. He has advocated for the persecuted, including small and large churches, the State Department, and the halls of Congress.

Jeff has testified before the U.S. Congress on religious freedom and has been interviewed by numerous leading media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

He is the author of Islam Uncensored and Last Words of the Martyrs.

ICC Staff

Executive Staff

President | Jeff King

Chief of Operations I Clark M.

VP of Assistance | Dr. Margaret B.

VP of Operations I Kate. G

VP of Communications & Advocacy I Michael P.

Board

Chairman | Stephen S. (plus members)

About

ICC has about 50 worldwide staff. Regional managers (Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) and project coordinators oversee indigenous staff to assist victims and report attacks. ICC strives daily to make the world aware of the suffering of persecuted believers.

History

Since 1995, we have been assisting the worldwide persecuted Christian church by providing Assistance, Advocacy, and Awareness, and striving to be faithful to our Lord and supporters. ICC was founded by Steve Snyder who began serving the persecuted Church in 1986 when he assumed the presidency of CSI-USA (Christian Solidarity Intl. USA Division). In 1995, ICC was birthed out of CSI and became a completely independent organization. Steve passed away suddenly in 2002 and was succeeded by Jeff King who was called to ICC by a dream. Jeff came to ICC after spending years in the banking industry and from serving 11 years with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru).

Helping all Christians

At ICC, we are evangelical but non-denominational. We affirm the Apostles’ Creed. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We assist persecuted Christians from all denominational backgrounds. This includes Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox believers. The persecuted church cannot easily afford to be isolated based on denominational differences, and we feel a Biblical mandate to support all who confess Christ as Lord. We understand that there are significant theological differences between denominations and traditions. We acknowledge and accept the differences but feel we must pull together to support and defend the weakest members of our family … the persecuted.

Where We Work

FAQ

What does International Christian Concern (ICC) do?

Since 1995, ICC has used a three-pronged approach of assistance, advocacy, and awareness to bandage and build the persecuted Christian church.

Assistance: We bandage the wounds of victims, care for the wives and children of martyred pastors, and rebuild communities when attacked. We build the Church by broadcasting the gospel, deliver Bibles, and train and equip pastors. 

Advocacy: ICC actively seeks to influence policies and legislation that touch the daily lives of the persecuted. Through our work with U.S. legislators and the U.S. Dept. of State, we help free prisoners and push back against countries that persecute Christians.

Awareness: Many Christians are not aware of persecution because the mainstream press ignores it. ICC awakens the Church and the world to the very real sufferings of God’s children via daily news updates, social media, investigative reporting, and our monthly magazine.

For more details about ICC’s work and ministry approach, download our ICC Primer.

Do you support all religious groups?

At ICC, we believe that it is our calling to support Bible-believing Christians who are facing persecution for their faith. We support Christians of all denominations, cultures, and backgrounds.

We advocate for religious freedom for all faiths. On occasion, our ministry will touch communities of other faiths, through programs such as Bible distributions among unreached people groups, but our primary focus will always be serving persecuted Christians.

As much as we wish we could help all suffering individuals in the world, we focus our efforts on persecuted Christians.

Does ICC adhere to a particular denomination or have a statement of faith?

ICC is evangelical but non-denominational and supports Christians of all backgrounds.

We affirm the Apostles’ Creed.

  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We aid persecuted Christians from all denominational backgrounds. This includes Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox believers. The persecuted church cannot easily afford to be isolated based on denominational differences,
    and we feel a Biblical mandate to support all who confess Christ as Lord.
  • We understand that there are significant theological differences between denominations and traditions. We acknowledge and accept the differences but feel we must pull together to support and defend the weakest members of our family…the persecuted.

What countries do you work in?

ICC’s headquarters is in Washington, D.C., but we currently have staff or projects running in Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, China, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, and Vietnam.

How do I get support if I am being persecuted?

If you would like to report an incident of persecution or request support, please contact us at [email protected] or 1-800-422-5441.

How can I donate to your ministry?

Thank you for your interest in giving! ICC accepts donations online, by phone (1-800-422-5441), or by mail at PO Box 8056, Silver Spring, MD 20907.

How do I know my donation will be put to effective use?

At ICC, we strive to be good stewards of the resources that God has blessed us with by using donations effectively, efficiently, and ethically. ICC has been awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups, including accreditation by the ECFA and the highest rating by, Charity Navigator.

Additionally, ICC offers many ways to direct your gifts to serve the persecuted. As a donor to ICC, you can rest assured that when you direct your gift for a specific purpose, it will go toward that purpose. In cases where a project is no longer practical, or effective, ICC may need to redirect money to a different fund, but we make every effort to ensure that gifts given for a specific cause will get to that cause.

Many organizations only have one general fund to give to, but we give donors choices that allow them to pinpoint their giving toward projects dear to them.

Any organization’s General fund can be used across the whole organization including rent, salaries, or for victims.

Our focused funds can only be used for the items listed in the fund’s description. These also have the lowest administrative fee (6 cents of every dollar). So, to maximize your giving these should be your first choice. 

For ICC, these are:

  • Gospel/Bibles
  • Messengers: Underground Workers
  • Rescue Wives and Kids
  • Restore: Lives and Communities.

We are so grateful for your incredible heart to serve your persecuted brother and sister. On their behalf, thank you for caring for them.

For more information about ICC’s financial accountability, click here.

How can I get your monthly magazine and prayer calendar?

To sign up for ICC’s free monthly magazine, click here. To download the free printable prayer calendar, click here.

What careers are available at ICC?

To learn more about ICC’s current job openings and apply, click here. ICC also accepts applications for fellows and interns on a rolling basis.

How can I support the persecuted if I am not able to donate?

There are many ways that you can support our persecuted brothers and sisters apart from financial support. Primarily, your prayers are always appreciated. Please join us in prayer for protection, strength, and encouragement for the suffering church.

ICC also has a volunteer program if you or your church wants to serve consistently by praying, spreading awareness, advocating, and more. ICC also has a letter-writing initiative for those who would like to share words of encouragement with believers who are imprisoned for their faith.

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