To liberate the captive, to free the enslaved, and to rescue, rebuild and restore the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious and ethnic minorities wherever and whenever they are in need.
During our first two years, The Nazarene Fund was given a mandate to assist persecuted Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East – specifically those affected by the ISIS war. Today, ISIS has been routed in Iraq and Syria and it is abandoning most of its territorial caliphate.
The terror that permeated the region is far from gone. The Syrian Civil War rages on. The contest of regional hegemony between Iran and Saudi Arabia has heated up like never before, and the political vacuum left in the absence of ISIS makes the situation in the Middle East just as dangerous for the Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minority populations. With no protection, these vulnerable people are caught in a volatile political firestorm as regional powers and larger religious and ethnic sects seek to gain dominance at their expense.
There are still thousands of captured women, men and children unaccounted for. Some are with their ISIS masters. Others have been sold to and are now under the control of criminal gangs. And some, are in situations so dangerous that we cannot disclose them here.
We are also committed to continue rebuilding homes, churches and schools in the war-ravaged cities and towns of Syria and Iraq to support and stabilize communities for those who wish to return. For those that cannot go home, we will continue facilitating their safe passage and resettlement elsewhere. We cannot and will not abandon these people we swore to help.
Like other extremist organizations, once their stranglehold in one area is broken, ISIS has shifted its focus and is reaching far beyond The Middle East into countries across the world. From inspiring home-grown terrorist in the U.S. to most recently training, funding and sending fighters to Libya, Nigeria and The Philippines. All have experienced the darkness and fear that comes as terror groups force their ideals and aggression into these territories. We cannot and will not turn our backs on people in need.
This new chapter of The Nazarene Fund is free of its geographical confines and like those we seek to thwart, we too are going global. Wherever there is persecution we will bring kindness and comfort and support. Wherever there is slavery, we will bring liberation and wherever hope has died, we will bring it back to life.