2013 ANNUAL REPORT
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 5
2013 at a glance
Suffering Wives & Children
17 Underground Pastors 19 Bibles to the Persecuted 21 Community Rebuild 23
Save Our Sisters
Broadcasting the Gospel
Hand of Hope
Tr i p s
37 Looking For ward
Pictured on cover:
Younis Masih’s family suffered for seven years while he was on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan. Read their story on page 7.
The Other Side of the World Rich Mullins
Well the other side of the world is not so far away as I thought that it was. And the distance just dissolves into the love. And the New Jerusalem won’t be as easy to build As I hoped it would be. There’s many bellies to fill and many hearts to free. Got to set them free. But I see a people who’ve learned to walk in faith, With mercy in their hearts And glory on their faces. And I pray it won’t be long Until Your kingdom comes. And I know that the gates of hell Are not prone to prevail. As I thought that they were. They have been destined to fail I see Satan impaled on the sword of the Word. And I see the people who have learned to walk in faith, With mercy in their hearts And glory on their faces.
Rich Mullinsâ€™ song (opposite), for me, is a capable summ a r y o f o u r w o r k a m o n g t h e p e r s e c u t e d t h i s p a s t y e a r. The other side of the world has become closer than I used to think as love has dissolved the distance, but still. . . our work among them is not as easy as we hoped. In fact, our work will not go away until the King takes His throne. Until then, we will be well acquainted with grief, but must keep in mind that the gates of Hell will absolutely not prevail. As we go about our work, I am continually struck by these persecuted who have learned to walk in faith, with mercy in their hearts and glory on their faces. They are truly a gift and worthy of our time and treasure. Please enjoy this summary of the work you a n d I CC , i n p a r t n e r s h i p, d i d t h i s p a s t y e a r.
Jeff King, ICC President
â€œHe will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.â€? P S A L M 7 2 : 1 4 N LT
AT A GLANCE WHERE WE WORK
Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh Burma China Egypt
Eritrea Ethiopia India Indonesia Iran Jordan
Kazakhstan Kenya Kyrgyzstan Nigeria Pakistan Somalia
Sudan Turkey Uzbekistan Vietnam Washington, D.C. *headquarters
THIS YEAR I CC A SSISTED
Broadcasting the Gospel 7.5%
Save Our Sisters 18.7%
Community Rebuild 8.9%
11.2% Suffering Wives and Children
Hand of Hope 20.1%
PERCENTAGE OF COMPLETED PROJECTS IN 2013
12.7% Kids Care
17.9% Underground Pastors
2.9% Bibles to the Persecuted
MOST ACTIVE COUNTRY
W H E R E W E T R AV E L E D ///////////////////
SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE
FAC E B O O K
38 projects 4,405 persecuted
8 different funds that assisted
NUMBER OF ADVOCACY TOURS: 3
ICC HAS 70 VOLUNTEERS T H I S D E PA RT M E N T GREW BY 78% IN 2013
2011 Total followers:
YO U N I S & A M E E N A Persecution cases can be complex and the solutions needed are often holistic. F o r t h a t r e a s o n , I C C â€™s f o c u s i s t r i f o l d : A w a r e n e s s , Ad vo c a c y, a n d As s i s t a n ce. We a re n ow t h e o n l y l a rg e p e r s e c u t i o n m i n i s t r y fo c u s i n g o n Ad vo c a c y. T h e c a s e o f Yo u n i s a n d A m e e n a M a s i h o f P a k i s t a n demontrates the need and value of our holistic approach t o p e r s e c u t i o n . Yo u n i s w a s c o n v i c t e d o f b l a s p h e m y and sat on death row for seven years. Ameena and the children barely survived without him.
A S S I S TA N C E
ADVOCACY I C C b e g a n w o r k i n g o n Yo u n i s ’ case in 2011. ICC worked diligently on Capitol H i l l i n 2 0 1 2 t o a d v o c a t e f o r Yo u n i s ’ release through quiet back-channel d i p l o m a c y. ICC met with over 30 Hill offices to discuss his case and to urge them to call Pakistani officials to resolve Yo u n i s ’ c a s e . Using Awareness, we gathered 2,000 signatures on a petition demanding Yo u n i s ’ r e l e a s e . I n A p r i l 2 0 1 3 , Yo u n i s ’ conviction was over turned and he wa s re u n i te d w i t h h i s fa m i l y.
While we were working on Capitol H i l l a d v o c a t i n g f o r Yo u n i s ’ r e l e a s e , ICC Regional Managers met with his wife, Ameena, and her children in her home in Pakistan. We were shocked to find out that the family o f s i x l i ve d i n a t i ny, o n e - b e d ro o m home, without heat or water, lo cated in a dangerous neighborhood. The children attended Muslim public schools where they were mocked by students and teachers for their faith. We quickly relocated the family to a larger, sa fe, warm home with running water, furnishings, and e l e c t r i c i t y. N e x t , we p u t t h e c h i l d re n into private Christian schools. Fi n a l l y, we p rov i d e d A m e e n a w i t h a simple business to run so she could p rov i d e f o r t h e fa m i l y.
As a part of our i d e nt i t y, I CC i s committed to raising awareness of Christian persecution, so that their stories do not go untold.
PERSECUTION MAGAZINE HAS A C I R C U L AT I O N O F
WE HAVE FOLLOWERS ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT ARE SPREADING THE NEWS AND PLIGHT OF THE PERSECUTED
THIS YEAR, WE:
SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE
FAC E B O O K
RADIO AND PRINT
NEWS STORIES ON
W W W. P E R S E C U T I O N . O R G
200000 150000 100000 50000 0
WEB SITE INFLUENCE 25000
W W W. P E R S E C U T I O N . O R G RECEIVED:
1.6 million views
2011 Total followers:
We exist to both bandage and to build the Persecuted Church.
= 1,000 people
61,711 victims reached
IN 22 COUNTRIES
THE BURDEN IS NOT AS HEAVY BECAUSE YOU SHARE IT WITH ME. -MARIA, AN ICC PARTNER
MOST ACTIVE COUNTRY
PAKISTAN 515 children cared for
When church leaders are
martyred or imprisoned, their families are left to struggle for survival. This fund exists to fulfill the Biblical mandate of caring for orphans and widows.
251 victims assisted
SUFFERING WIVES AND CHILDREN
MEET ELIJA Elija became a widow when her husband, Digal, was mar tyred for his faith. Living in a small Indian village known for persecuting Christians, the couple was constantly harassed by radical Hindus. One day Digal was murdered and Elija found his beaten body in their fields. She repor ted his murder to the police, who in turn arrested her for causing trouble. When ICC met Elija, she was still in immense pain
After the death of my husband, I was helpless and aimless. I had been praying God will bring me help. I have never expected this type of gift. I got it at right time, thanks to ICC.
f r o m l o s i n g h e r h u s b a n d . S h e w o r k e d a s a d a y l a b o r e r, barely surviving. ICC purchased a small herd of goats for her that provide nutrition (milk) as well as a source o f i n c o m e a s t h e y m u l t i p l y. F o r a p e r s e c u t e d w i d o w l i k e Elija, this business is the difference between life and death.
1,325 donors gave
$129,627 to this fund in 2013
Children are often
the unseen victims of persecution. ICC has the privilege of caring for those who are orphaned by violent persecution, or harassed for their faith.
515 children cared for
KIDS CARE 15
They look at you as their hero. If it were not for you, and the help of ICC, they
Simon was a victim of child trafficking because of his
would be lost and there
faith in Christ. His village was targeted by radicals,
would be no hope. I think
and children were lured from their families and sold
you are my hope too. I have
t o I s l a m i c T r a i n i n g C e n t e r s . W h i l e i n t h e c e n t e r, S i m o n
been alone with this. Now
was forced to study Islamic practices, memorize Quran
the burden is not as heavy
verses, and beaten if he protested. Although more than
because you share it with me.
300 children have gone missing (and almost half have b e e n re s c u e d b y I CC p a r t n e r s ) , S i m o nâ€™s s t o r y i s u n i q u e . This brave little boy was able to trick his captors
- MARIA, A CARETAKER OF THE CHILDREN
into releasing him under the guise that he wanted to evangelize the message of the prophet Muhammad. Upon his release, he banged on door after door until encountering someone who would help him. He was later found by our ICC par tners, who currently care for his needs, great and small.
707 donors gave
$56,991 to this fund in 2013
are on the front lines of persecution in some of the most dangerous countries around the world. ICC is proud to support their ministry and their families.
90 underground pastors supported
IN 14 COUNTRIES
MEET CALLIE* C a l l i e i s c u r re n t l y u n d e r t h e s p i r i t u a l c a re o f o n e o f o u r u n d e rg ro u n d p a s t o r s . C a l l i e’s f a t h e r wa s a v i o l e n t d r u g a d d i c t w h o m a r r i e d h e r o f f to a m a n l i ke h i m s e l f. B e ca u s e o f t h e f a m i l y ’s f a i t h i n I s l a m , n o o n e w o u l d c o n d e m n h e r h u s b a n d ’s a c t i o n s , n o t e v e n t h e l a w. When she tried to leave him, her daughter was kidnapped in broad daylight, taken from her a r m s . “A s I w a l k e d t h e s t r e e t s , I f e l t d e a t h . I a s k e d G o d , ‘ W h y d i d y o u c r e a t e m e a w o m a n i n t h i s c o u n t r y ? ’ ” W i t h t h e l o s s o f h e r d a u g h t e r, C a l l i e b e c a m e a d d i c t e d t o d r u g s h e r s e l f , a n d began prostituting herself to afford them. One night, a Christian pastor offered to give her a ride home. “I have no intention of wanting a relationship with you, I just want to help y o u .” S h o c k e d b y h i s s e l f l e s s n e s s , C a l l i e c a l l e d u p o n h i s G o d , a s k i n g G o d f o r h e r d a u g h t e r b a c k . S o o n , h e r e x - h u s b a n d r e t u r n e d h e r d a u g h t e r t o h e r. “From that day on, I called upon the Lord and he healed me [from drugs]. It was when I received teachings from Pastor F* that [I realized] the living God, Jesus Christ, is the one who heals, gives peace; I called to him, though I didn’t know he wa s God, but he touched me and rebuilt m e .”
716 donors gave
$63,629 to this fund in 2013
*names changed for security
THIS YEAR: The Bible brings life wherever it goes. When governments shut down access to the Bible, we get to work. ICC provides Bibles for those without access to nativelanguage Scripture.
= 1,000 Bibles
39,604 Bibles sent to persecuted believers
BIBLES TO THE PERSECUTED
MEET LIU WEI* In China, attending Bible school isnâ€™t quite a s simple as finding the right school and registering for classes. Unless you are willing to go to a government-controlled seminary where the Communist par ty chooses the curriculum and the professors, you have to go to an i l l e g a l , o r â€œ u n d e r g r o u n d ,â€? B i b l e s c h o o l . L i u W e i a n d his classmates risk police raids to study the Word and
625 donors gave
p r e p a r e f o r f u t u r e m i n i s t r y . T h i s y e a r, I C C h a d t h e
chance to provide bilingual study Bibles to Liu Wei and
to this fund in 2013
15 other underground Bible school graduates, who are preparing specifically to assist missions work in China. These brave young men and women are about to embark on a lifetime of ministry in a nation being swept by revival, but still highly controlling of the Christian faith. *name changed for security
communities become targets of persecution, it can be devastating for generations to come. ICC supplies sustainable assistance to help communities rebuild their lives.
= 1,000 people
8,524 victims assisted
MEET CHRISTIANS OF LAHORE When false rumors circulated that a Christian had blasphemed Muhammad, an enraged mob stormed a Christian village (Joseph Colony) in Lahore, Pakistan a n d d e s t ro y e d m o re t h a n 1 8 0 h o m e s . I n j u s t o n e d a y, hundreds of Christians were left homeless. ICC appealed to our donors to help us raise immediate funds to supply care packages for displaced Christians.
No organization had provided the victims with such durable relief items of very good quality. They were so happy because the relief items had been selected with their consultation and exactly met their needs.
- MEMBER OF THE DISTRIBUTION TEAM
In just five shor t days, our donors raised $60,000! ICC provided blankets, water containers, utensils, food and clothing. ICC was able to par tner with local churches to involve the greater Christian community of Lahore. More than 60 local church volunteers helped to distribute the care packages and pray with families.
645 donors gave
$137,716 to this fund in 2013
At the hear t of ICC,
we exist to rescue the most vulnerable in the Kingdom. ICC is providing safe places for women who are in, or at risk of, sexual bondage, providing relief, job training, and discipleship.
= 10 women
321 women assisted
SAVE OUR SISTERS 23
MEET SANA Sana was orphaned when her mother died and her father abandoned her and her siblings. Being the oldest, it was up to her to care for them, so Sana worked as a servant in a Muslim household for two-and-a-half years. While employed, S ana was verbally abused (other girls experience much worse in similar situations). H o w e v e r, S a n a w a s w e l c o m e d i n t o o n e o f I C C ’ s f o u r vocational schools, and has spent the last nine months learning skills that will enable her to care for her
The joy you see on all the girls’ faces is amazing. These girls are given a chance at life that they would never, never have had in a million years. They know it too, they work hard!! - REGIONAL MANAGER WILLIAM STARK, ON LOCATION
siblings and make a decent living. ICC currently has 100 girls enrolled in either beautician or sewing schools who also gather for regular Bible studies. Not only has S ana received a skill, but also s h e’s d i s c o v e re d a n e w c o m m u n i t y w h o w i l l e n c o u ra g e her faith in Christ.
473 donors gave
$36,393 to this fund in 2013
ICC suppor ts Christian
broadcasts via satellite T V, i n t e r n e t , a n d r a d i o into the most dangerous parts of the world. Seekers and Christians are able to encounter Jesus without fear of punishment or death.
= 1,000 people
8,964 responses to the Gospel
THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST
BROADCASTING THE GOSPEL
ONE OF THE BROADCASTING MINISTRIES RECEIVED
“ Two ye a r s a g o, I l e f t I s l a m . A s I re a d t h e Q u ra n , I discovered that it is not inspired by God but is merely a
PHONE CALLS THIS YEAR:
human effor t and the content is just a myth. It degrades humans and has no respect for their rights, especially t h o s e o f w o m e n . I b e c a m e a n A t h e i s t u n t i l o n e d a y, b y G o d ’s g ra c e , I f o u n d [ a n I CC - s u p p o r t e d p ro g ra m ] w h i l e I was flipping through the T V channels. I was attracted to the accuracy and thoroughness of the research. I
• • • • •
Asking for prayer Questions of Christ Requesting literature Receiving salvation Requesting personal follow-up
did not miss one episode and even went back online to watch all those that were missed. I learned the difference between Islam and Christianity and my eyes w e r e o p e n e d a n d I a c c e p t e d J e s u s a s m y L o r d a n d S a v i o r. To d a y, I a m p ro u d t o s a y t h a t I a m a C h r i s t i a n . T h a n k y o u f o r r e m o v i n g t h e d a r k n e s s i n m y l i f e .” *name changed for security
109 donors gave
$117,002 to this fund in 2013
THIS YEAR: At ICC, we consider o u r s e l v e s “ Yo u r b r i d g e t o t h e p e r s e c u t e d C h u r c h .” We offer a chance for partners to give targeted gifts to the country that the Lord has put on their hearts.
= 1,000 people
3,141 persecuted believers assisted
HAND OF HOPE 27
MEET BIBI As a young Christian woman, Bibi (center) is among t h e m o s t v u l n e ra b l e i n Pa k i s t a n’s s t r i c t M u s l i m c u l t u re . Bibi was kidnapped by radical Islamists and held hostage for 12 days; her family was told to convert or she would die. Bibi was raped by her captors, and forcefully married to one of her rapists as a second wife. Bibi had a hear t attack, and was dumped at a nearby hospital by her
259 monthly donors gave
to this fund in 2013
“ h u s b a n d .” B a c k w i t h h e r f a m i l y , I C C i s p r o v i d i n g f o r her legal defense as her “husband” seeks to capture her o n c e a g a i n t h ro u g h t h e l a w. B i b i ’s c a s e i s u n i m a g i n a b l e , but not uncommon. ICC works to be an advocate for the most vulnerable in the Kingdom.
ICC is the only large U.S.-based Christian organization that advocates for Christian minorities. Our strategic location in Washington, D.C. allows us access to influencial lawmakers.
2,600 people advocated for
NUMBER OF ADVOCACY TOURS: 3
NUMBER OF PETITIONS: 6 CALLING FOR: the immediate release of Alimujiang Yimiti the immediate and unconditional release of Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (Pastor BK) an end to forced church closures in Indonesia the immediate release of seven wrongfully imprisoned Christians the immediate release of Jamaa Ait Bakrim the protection of Christian trafficking victims in Bangladesh
MEETINGS ON C APITOL HILL T O TA L S I G N AT U R E S : 1 2 , 1 7 4
the Volunteer Program grew by
Our Volunteer Program provides ways for you to tangibly help bandage and build the persecuted Church.
Volunteers are present in
AWA R E N E S S
A S S I S TA N C E
P R AY E R
A NIGHT WITH THE PERSECUTED
CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN
On October 3, ICC held the second annual
After learning about the plight of
“Night with the Persecuted Church”
trafficked children in Bangladesh, one
i n L a n c a s t e r, P A . T h i s e v e n t , f i r s t
of the largest churches in America asked
i n i t i a t e d b y a v o l u n t e e r, i s a n i n c r e d i b l e
how they could do more.
oppor tunity to bring awareness of t h e p e r s e c u t e d . T h i s y e a r, w e f o c u s e d
The church dedicated a Sunday School
on India and invited one of our key
service to persecuted children. The kids
partners to give a first-hand account of
prayed for kids their own age and made
persecution in Orissa.
cards with encouraging prayers and verses.
Without the help of volunteers, this event could not have been possible. They
T h e c h u rc h’s s e w i n g t e a m a l s o p i t c h e d i n ,
collectively called 200 churches and
making hand-made, drawstring backpacks
invited them to the event. In addition,
for the children.
they served as greeters and helped with registration and general service at the
All 119 children in the Bangladesh
orphanage received care packages from children their own age.
ON THE GROUND I N V E S T I G AT I O N S ICC divides the world into five regions, each with a manager that oversees the awareness, assistance, and advocacy that aids C h r i s t i a n s . Tw i c e a y e a r, we send our Regional Managers to various countries to investigate the state of persecution, report back on current projects, and search out new opportunities to relieve the suffering of our persecuted brothers and sisters. This past y e a r, w e t r a v e l e d t o 1 2 countries.
A F G H A N I S TA N CHINA EGYPT INDIA INDONESIA JORDAN K A Z A K H S TA N K Y R G Y Z S TA N LEBANON PA K I S TA N TURKEY VIETNAM
ICC’S ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT 2012 An increasing number of individuals, churches, foundations, and other ministry par tners suppor ted ICC during 2012 with record giving to our projects, and for g e n e r a l m i n i s t r y s u p p o r t . I C C a l w a y s s e e k s w a y s t o w i s e l y u s e t h e L o r d ’s m o n e y f o r ministry to the persecuted Church, and to maintain our administrative expenses at an absolute minimum. O ur G eneral and Administrative Expenses and Fundraising E x p e n s e s a s a p e r c e n t a g e o f I n c o m e w a s 1 1 % o f o u r t o t a l i n c o m e t h i s p a s t y e a r. A c o m p a r i s o n o f I C C ’s f i n a n c i a l r e s u l t s f o r t h e p a s t f i v e y e a r s f o l l o w s :
General & Admin. Fundraising Total Expenses
*Program expenses are funds we are spending to d o m i n i s t r y. ICC is a 501 (c) (3) tax- exempt corporation organized in 1995 in the State of Maryland. All gifts to ICC are fully tax- deductible. Our latest IRS Form 990 is available on our Web site at w w w. p e r s e c u t i o n . o rg. Copies of the latest independent financial audit or IRS Form 990 are available for cost of reproduction and postage. Requests should be directed to us, in writing, at 2020 Pennsylvania A v e . N W, # 9 4 1 , Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 0 6 - 1 8 4 6 .
ICC BOARD OF DIRECTORS JAMES SCHNABEL, CHAIRMAN D R . F R A N K T. R O B B , V I C E C H A I R M A N JEFF KING, PRESIDENT CHRISTOPHER KIRK S C O T T S T R E AT O R S T E V E S WA L E S RICHARD TUCKER ED WORMALD
LONGEVITY-TRACK RECORD Active in ministry since 1995
LOW OVERHEAD General and administrative expenses kept around 10 percent
TARGETED FUNDS Many organizations raise funds for a general fund. ICC gives you options to specifically target your donations, so your money goes where you want.
CONSISTENT GROWTH in expertise, impact, and finances
FOUR-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR Only 10 percent of all non-profits receive this rating.
ECFA COMPLIANCE We adhere to industry financial and ethical standards and we are audited by independent accountants to ensure our compliance.
AID TO SYRIAN REFUGEES: OUR WORK NEXT QUARTER The Syrian crisis of the past two years has been one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent h i s t o r y. M o re t h a n 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 p e o p l e h a v e b e e n k i l l e d, a n o t h e r 2 m i l l i o n h a v e b e e n d i s p l a c e d, a n d i n t h e m i d d l e o f t h i s d i s a s t e r a re S y r i a â€™s C h r i s t i a n s . I C C i s h e l p i n g S y r i a n C h r i s t i a n s i n s i d e a n d o u t s i d e t h e c o u n t r y . T h i s p a s t q u a r t e r, y o u m a y h a v e s e e n o n e o f o u r e - m a i l s o r s o c i a l m e d i a p o s t s a s k i n g fo r yo u r h e l p. We o r i g i n a l l y co m m i t te d to p r o v i d i n g o n e m o n t h â€™ s w o r t h o f f o o d a n d s u p p l i e s t o 5 0 0 S y r i a n C h r i s t i a n s . H o w e v e r, b e c a u s e o f your amazing response, we raised enough to send aid to 1,200 Christians! On top of that, a donor (through another organization) reached out to ICC and has committed to q u a d r u p l i n g t h e ra i s e d f u n d s . T h i s p ro j e c t h a s n o w b e c o m e t h e s i n g l e l a rg e s t p ro j e c t i n I CC h i s t o r y, all because of you. Look out for updates on this project in the coming months!
348 donors gave
$72,398 to this special project
4,400 victims assisted
Number of times this project has been multiplied: 4
I T ’ S N O T T O O L AT E !
YOUR IMPACT WITH ICC
International Christian Concern’s
YOUR IMPACT Year-End Campaign
Have you ever wished you could give more to the persecuted?
Thanks to a special group of friends, every gift given to the ICC “Double Your Impact” matching gift fund will be matched. ICC relies on year-end giving to both finish strong, and make strategic plans for next year. We are believing God to provide significantly beyond this year’s matching challenge in order to make it possible to capitalize on new opportunities in 2014, bringing relief and hope to our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
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