Mercury One’s The Nazarene Fund and its effort to rescue and restore persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East is gaining attention by leaders around the world. In a recent amendment to a bill that was under consideration by the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, Mercury One’s ability to rescue refugees was noted.
In Amendment 234A (Immigration Bill) moved by Lord Alton of Liverpool on February 3, 2016, Mercury One was cited as an organization operating more effectively than the United Nations.
“Many Christian refugees in Lebanon are not even registered with the UNHCR, too fearful even to go into the camps. In the context of continuing threats to their security, impoverishment, lack of access to work or schooling and no hope of a home, these delays are undoubtedly contributing to the decision of many to undertake the hazardous journeys that we have been discussing during our proceedings, and undoubtedly many more will follow in their footsteps. Given that Weidenfield Fund, Mercury One, and Operation Safe Haven are able to process applications and do the necessary security clearances—to a higher standard than UNHCR—in a matter of weeks, such delays are completely unacceptable.”
The amendment urged the British government to call the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East for what it is – genocide. Lord Alton urged the government to call the persecution “genocide” and for the Justice of the Supreme Court to look at the evidence and to act in ensuring the victims of the genocide would be granted asylum applications. He said, “If no one is willing to name this for what it is or to take this forward then the genocide convention becomes nothing more than window dressing and is an insult to the intention of the original drafters and ratifiers as “never again” inevitably repeats itself over and over again.”
According to Article 2 of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in the present convention, “genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group…” Lord Alton urged the British government to no longer delay and help the persecuted Christians and religious minorities.
Our vetting process has been viewed as having a higher standard and more stringent than the UN. We are proud of our vetting team as they work hard thoroughly vetting families in the Middle East who are seeking asylum.
We would not have made it this far if it were not for our faithful donors supporting The Nazarene Fund. Mercury One cannot thank our donors enough for their continuous support as we work together in saving generations.