Persecution Magazine, November 2015
International Christian Concern
All the issues listed above are best answered with long-term and strategic solutions from within the country. Providing education, vocational training, TWENTY YEARS In-Country Staff In-Country Directors In-Country Centers 2009 to Present 2015 2016 micro-loans, and legal services all help break the long-term issues of persecution. Our past work has been tilted towards the reactive and short-term (bandaging) as opposed to the strategic and long-term (building).
We started with advocacy, and then added assistance to our services. We then moved into awareness and built a reputation for being responsive and having reliable information about persecuted countries. We now have the largest news outlets in the world contact us on big cases.
Next, we started hiring solid in-country staff on the ground, and most recently have begun to hire in-country directors which allow us to greatly expand our ability to serve the persecuted.
We are now at the point in several key countries that we can really push villages and towns to another level by providing legal services (that greatly reduce false charges against Christians or bring persecutors to justice), education (scholastic and vocational) to move Christians forward in their societies, micro-lending (through talented partners) and a host of other services that will address long term, endemic and entrenched persecution.