Like many other churches and organisations in the UK, we are often contacted by Christians living in countries where it is difficult to practise their faith.
We care deeply for our brothers and sisters around the world, and want to help them to live a better life - at liberty to practise their Christian faith, free from persecution or oppression.
Whilst we would love to help with every need, this simply is not possible.
Please see below for details on what support we are, and are not, able to provide:
Help with visa applications/moving country.
Find a church outside of the UK.
Partner with a church or an individual.
Provide practical help, such as legal aid, medical care or training.
Provide physical resources, such as Bibles.
Advise on how to obtain any of the above.
Contact you outside of our email system.
We will not enter into negotiations about any of the above.
Pray for you (as a one off, or ongoing, if you provide updates).
Answer questions about Christianity.
There are other organisations that MAY be able to provide some further practical help. However, we can make absolutely no guarantees, as they are not affiliated with us in any way. Here are some that are worth looking up. You may also find others by searching the internet:
Barnabas Aid - practical support and resources
Help the Persecuted - practical support and resources
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - information on seeking asylum
International Refugee Assistance Project - legal assistance in relocation
International Christian Concern - news and encouragement
Christian Solidarity Worldwide - help for sufferers of injustice for any belief
In the Bible book of John, there is a story of a man called Nicodemus. He was a man who could not connect with the very earliest church - the disciples. His reason was very different to those that you might be experiencing, as it was to do with his position in society, but it meant that he did not meet with the followers for fellowship. He still wanted to come to Jesus, though, and came for a secret conversation in the night time.
Nicodemus had a kind of private faith, but he was not far from Jesus, and was especially close when it came for Jesus to be crucified. If you have a Bible or can check online, the references are John 3:1-15, John 7:50-52, and John 19:38-42.
At Christianity.org.uk, we pray that, like Nicodemus, you can keep close to Jesus, even if you are finding it hard to connect with the church (Jesus’ followers now).
We encourage you to keep praying to God, and looking to connect with his people. In the meantime, you might want to use this psalm of King David as a prayer:
Psalm 27:9b-11a (New Living Translation)
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
Even if my father and mother abandon me,
The Lord will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path.