Barnabas Fund

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Barnabas Fund's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Barnabas Fund is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.barnabasfund.org

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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International CEO Hendrik Storm
Patrick and Rosemary Sookhdeo,
Barnabas Fund Founders and
International Directors
Christian aid agency Barnabas Fund is based in Pewsey,
from where it supports those Christians who face either
discrimination or persecution because of their faith.
International CEO Hendrik Storm tells
The Parliamentary Review
that while Barnabas Fund only directs its aid to Christians, the
benefits can reach far further than it may initially seem. The
agency’s work, Hendrik explains, is not just limited to individuals
either – often the organisation works in partnership with
persecuted churches around the world to identify their needs
and discuss the injustices they face. Hendrik discusses Barnabas
Fund’s work across the world alongside its history.
Three decades ago, the issue of contemporary Christian persecution in Islamic
contexts was little known. This changed in 1989, when Dr Sookhdeo called a
pivotal meeting between church leaders. It was during this meeting that previously
unheard stories of Christian persecution came to light, displaying their plight and
the subsequent need for action.
Building on existing contacts, Dr Sookhdeo and his wife, Rosemary, established
Barnabas Fund, aimed at the delivery of practical aid to persecuted Christians
and developing a global network of indigenous church leaders. Through careful
research in the face of scepticism and hostility, they raised awareness and
spearheaded a remarkable sea change in opinion, now shared by the British and
USgovernments.
FACTS ABOUT
BARNABAS FUND
»International Director:
PatrickSookhdeo
»International CEO:
HendrikStorm
»Founded in 1993
»International headquarters in
Pewsey, Wiltshire
»No. of staff: 70 in 10 countries
»UK turnover, 2018:
£14,396,222
»Services: Humanitarian aid
for persecuted Christians,
empowerment of poor and
oppressed Christians – focusing
on women, schools, food and
disaster relief – leadership
development, research and
information, advocacy
»Aid sent to more than 100
countries
Barnabas Fund
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COMMUNITY
The scope of their work soon
broadened to supporting Christians
under pressure from all religions or
ideologies. Assistance, for example,
is now sent each year to hundreds
of projects in dozens of countries.
Our global network of trusted church
leaders facilitates a rapid response in
times of need.
A distinctive approach
At Barnabas Fund, we do not send
our own employees to run projects.
Instead, we provide funds for work
to be initiated, organised and
implemented by local Christians within
each region. This approach has many
benefits, including reduced overheads,
greater cultural awareness, increased
security and lower exposure to
safeguarding risks.
At the core of our values is the Biblical
teaching that Christians should treat
all people, of all faiths, with love and
compassion, even those who seek to
persecute them.
We diligently monitor the use of our
grants and are fully compliant with
modern safeguarding standards and
all regulatory authorities, including the
Charity Commission.
Thriving even in difficult times
We operate with extremely low
overheads of only 12 per cent globally,
enabling operating costs, advocacy,
information and prayer aspects of our
work to be covered. When donations
are given for a specific need, however,
we forward 100 per cent to the
relevant project. Additionally, Barnabas
Fund’s lean and robust economic
model is helping us grow.
In the last financial year, Barnabas
saw three per cent financial growth
despite a challenging global economic
climate and a downturn of around
4.2 per cent in UK charitable giving
during2018.
Informing and educating
remain vital today
In the global North we are also active
in advocacy work. The
Our Religious
Freedom
campaign petition closed at
the beginning of 2019 with around
90,000 UK signatures. Submitted
to the Home Office, the campaign
aimed to amend existing legislation
to preserve full religious freedom for
all. Freedoms enjoyed in the UK for
centuries are often taken for granted
and are starting to diminish. We
believe that protecting religious liberty
for all promotes cohesion and diversity
acrosssociety.
We use our unique knowledge and
experience, built over many years, to
continue being the voice for those we
represent through our publications
andmedia.
Advancing understanding of
religion in public life through
global research and training
Barnabas Fund collaborates with
the Oxford Centre for Religion and
Public Life, a research and training
institute based in Oxford. OCRPL offers
groundbreaking masters and PhD
Education in northern
Uganda
At the core of
our values is
the Biblical
teaching that
Christians
should treat
all people, of
all faiths, with
love and
compassion,
even those
who seek to
persecute
them
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19BARNABAS FUND |
COMMUNITY
The scope of their work soon
broadened to supporting Christians
under pressure from all religions or
ideologies. Assistance, for example,
is now sent each year to hundreds
of projects in dozens of countries.
Our global network of trusted church
leaders facilitates a rapid response in
times of need.
A distinctive approach
At Barnabas Fund, we do not send
our own employees to run projects.
Instead, we provide funds for work
to be initiated, organised and
implemented by local Christians within
each region. This approach has many
benefits, including reduced overheads,
greater cultural awareness, increased
security and lower exposure to
safeguarding risks.
At the core of our values is the Biblical
teaching that Christians should treat
all people, of all faiths, with love and
compassion, even those who seek to
persecute them.
We diligently monitor the use of our
grants and are fully compliant with
modern safeguarding standards and
all regulatory authorities, including the
Charity Commission.
Thriving even in difficult times
We operate with extremely low
overheads of only 12 per cent globally,
enabling operating costs, advocacy,
information and prayer aspects of our
work to be covered. When donations
are given for a specific need, however,
we forward 100 per cent to the
relevant project. Additionally, Barnabas
Fund’s lean and robust economic
model is helping us grow.
In the last financial year, Barnabas
saw three per cent financial growth
despite a challenging global economic
climate and a downturn of around
4.2 per cent in UK charitable giving
during2018.
Informing and educating
remain vital today
In the global North we are also active
in advocacy work. The
Our Religious
Freedom
campaign petition closed at
the beginning of 2019 with around
90,000 UK signatures. Submitted
to the Home Office, the campaign
aimed to amend existing legislation
to preserve full religious freedom for
all. Freedoms enjoyed in the UK for
centuries are often taken for granted
and are starting to diminish. We
believe that protecting religious liberty
for all promotes cohesion and diversity
acrosssociety.
We use our unique knowledge and
experience, built over many years, to
continue being the voice for those we
represent through our publications
andmedia.
Advancing understanding of
religion in public life through
global research and training
Barnabas Fund collaborates with
the Oxford Centre for Religion and
Public Life, a research and training
institute based in Oxford. OCRPL offers
groundbreaking masters and PhD
Education in northern
Uganda
At the core of
our values is
the Biblical
teaching that
Christians
should treat
all people, of
all faiths, with
love and
compassion,
even those
who seek to
persecute
them
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programmes jointly with Stellenbosch,
Pretoria, and other South African
universities and also supports a range
of worldwide training events. The
centre is advancing the understanding
of religion in public life, especially the
relationship of religion to the proper
governance of people. In a time when
religiously motivated violence is on the
rise, OCRPL graduates, who include
some of the most senior leaders
of the Church in the global South,
will be well educated and equipped
to facilitate engagement between
different faith groups, religious groups
and government bodies.
Overcoming global challenges
Geopolitical upheaval and uncertainty
are making the work of many
charities and NGOs more difficult
and hazardous. Barnabas’ mode of
working – through local organisations
and focusing only on Christians – has
the great advantage of allowing us
to operate in a non-intrusive, neutral
way that national governments find
less threatening. Even so, it is getting
harder to transfer financial support to
certain countries.
Terrorism, for example is an ongoing
risk. Countries in the global North
are required to carefully monitor
any organisation operating abroad
financially to prevent the deliberate
or inadvertent funding of terrorist
networks. Licences and guidelines
provided by the Office of Foreign
Assets Control in the USA are a well-
proven platform with trusted screening
tools to reduce such risks. We would
welcome a similar initiative by the
UKgovernment.
In a world of global instability,
Barnabas Fund’s structure and
methodology of working through
national church leadership provides
us with a unique flexibility. This will
enable the organisation to continue
responding quickly to changing events
and using donations effectively to
meet needs as they develop.
In a world of
global
instability,
Barnabas
Fund’s
structure and
methodology
of working
through
national church
leadership
provides us
with a unique
flexibility
Above: Food for disaster
victims in Bangladesh
Below: Vocational skills
training for women in
Pakistan

www.barnabasfund.org

This article was sponsored by Barnabas Fund. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development