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10 Charities that are helping persecuted Christians worldwide

Discover how you can support fellow believers in the toughest parts of the globe.

Catherine Durant Catherine Durant
3 min

There are more than 360 million persecuted Christians who suffer oppression and discrimination. That's 1 in every 7 believers worldwide. Some are victims of violence and abduction, while others risk losing their jobs and livelihood. A number of charities work on the frontline, offering medical care, education and daily essentials. Others work to abolish or revise unjust laws that are affecting the daily lives of Christians.

How you can support persecuted Christians

If you're interested in finding out you can get involved with supporting the persecuted Church, we've compiled a list of 10 charities that provide practical help and hope to those affected. You can visit their partner pages and, with a Giving Account, start giving them financial support today. Because of our unique Instant Gift Aid feature your eligible gifts will immediately be boosted by 25%.

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Open Doors

Helps support persecuted Christians in over 60 countries and have been doing so for more than six decades. They supply Bibles, provide emergency relief and help persecuted believers stand strong for the long-term. In the UK and Ireland, Open Doors helps the church to pray, give and speak out for the Christians who risk their lives to follow Jesus.

Support Open Doors


Release International

Supports persecuted Christians in 30 countries around the world - prayerfully, pastorally and practically. They help raise the voice of persecuted Christians and give them the tools they need to live for Jesus. They also support pastors and Christian prisoners, and their families; supplying Christian literature and Bibles; and working for justice.

Support Release International


Barnabas Fund

Provides aid to Christian minorities who experience discrimination, injustice, violence or persecution because of their faith. They work in over 80 countries through churches and frontline Christian organisations.

Support Barnabas Fund


Christian Solidarity Worldwide

A non-profit human rights organisation specialising in freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). They work in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. CSW is the only advocacy organisation with a sole focus on freedom of religion or belief that has United Nations accreditation.

Support Christian Solidarity Worldwide


Christian Freedom International

Aids, equips and advocates for oppressed and persecuted Christians. They provide spiritual and physical help for suffering Christians to live in the dignity of God’s love and rise above their circumstances. They offer ways for Christians to ease the burdens of persecuted Christians through prayer, action, and giving.

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Mission Network News

Aims to be the voice of missions, the persecuted Church, and Christians in hard-to-reach areas of the world. Mission Network News is part of Oneway Ministries.

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For 20 years, ChinaAid has worked to expose human rights abuses and promote truth, justice and freedom by advocating for religious freedom and the rule of law in China.

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Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement

Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is an interdenominational organisation working for Christians and religious minorities who are being persecuted because of their faith in Pakistan. They provide practical support and campaign for the abolishment or revision of unjust laws and policies that are ruining people’s lives. They are currently campaigning to end forced conversion.

Support CLAAS

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Steadfast Global

A Scottish voice for persecuted Christians around the globe. They engage in practical assistance projects which help to restore dignity and hope to persecuted Christians without creating dependency.

Support Steadfast Global


The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME)

Mosaic Middle East is a Christian charity working across ethnic and religious divides bringing hope, help and healing in the Middle East. They focus on the needs of the millions of refugees and displaced people in Jordon and Iraq.

Support FRRME


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Catherine Durant

Catherine wrote and edited for Stewardship for 8 years. Before that, she worked in marketing for a theatre, spent time in mission focused on anti-trafficking in Asia and studied History of Art and English Literature at university.

Her interests are in anything arty – whether it’s visiting galleries, taking photos, going to concerts, or challenging herself to pick up a pencil and draw. She loves nothing more than an in-depth conversation with a friend, especially if there’s a cheese board involved.

She is passionate about the transformative power of the Bible and enjoys helping people dig into God’s Word. Catherine also cares deeply about issues of inequality and justice, particularly around the mistreatment of women.