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Alpha Relief: Hope for Christians in Dark Places

Updated on September 30, 2013

Alpha Relief is a team of Christians who support the persecuted church around the world. To learn more about the group's ministry and mission, read on.

Alpha Relief ministers to Christians in Asia.
Alpha Relief ministers to Christians in Asia. | Source

Helping Christians in Need

Some national governments take extreme measures to erase Christian citizens from their populations. North Korea is one example.

In North Korea, anyone found with a Bible, or anyone accused of being a Christian or knowing a Christian, is sent to a political prison camp. The North Koreans may imprison Christian families for up to three generations to ensure that the whole family is wiped out.

Alpha Relief, a team of believers from around the world, works to assist persecuted Christians in dark corners where religious persecution is prevalent. Their current focus is North Korea, China, and Myanmar (formerly Burma).

Through their network of underground contacts, Alpha Relief goes undercover to distribute Bibles, food, and other essentials to persecuted Christian families.

Alpha Relief also educates churches in the United States and other countries about these regions of intense persecution. With financial support from churches, individuals, and foundations, the ministry offers hope and compassion to those struggling with oppressive spiritual battles.

The Alpha Relief website has a wealth of information in mission news, monthly newsletters, videos, and print resources.

Call (719) 596-7531 to find out how you can help the persecuted church in Asia. To learn more about Christian persecution in North Korea, request your free DVD.

"Whenever you did these things to someone ... you did it to me." -- Jesus
"Whenever you did these things to someone ... you did it to me." -- Jesus | Source

The Words of Jesus

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.

Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me -- you did it to me.

-- Jesus (Matthew 25, The Message)

The Persecuted Church In North Korea

Alpha Relief Partners

Many international organizations are ministry partners with Alpha Relief. Each one has a unique focus, but they all work to assist the church around the world. They focus on regions where Christians live with persecution, oppression, and poverty.

Bible League International. Founded in 1938 by William Chapman, Bible League International supports the body of Christ in impoverished, persecuted, and oppressed areas of the world. The organization ministers to Christians in more than 55 countries.

As well as supplying Bibles and discipleship materials, Bible League International trains "Bible planters" to bring people into fellowship with Christ. The ministry is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Engineering Ministries International. Engineering Ministries International (EMI) is a Christian development organization that offers hope to children and adults in poverty-stricken regions.

Engineers, architects, and other design professionals donate their skills and expertise to help families around the world. EMI has offices in Colorago Springs, Colorado.

Heaven's Family. Heaven's Family is built on Matthew 25, which speaks of a people who love God and each other. Ministry workers care for orphans and widows, equip Christian leaders, and meet immediate needs. Heaven's Family has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Water4 Foundation. Water4 Foundation provides clean, healthy water to impoverished and at-risk regions. The ministry focuses on hand-drilling technology in areas that can't be reached by mechanized drill rigs.

Water4 provides water for personal use (drinking water) and agricultural purposes. The non-profit organization has headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.

World Challenge. Founded in 1971, World Challenge is the home of David Wilkerson Ministries. It promotes the message of Jesus through public teachings, world missions, and outreach programs.

As the name implies, this ministry has no geographical boundaries. World Challenge takes the message of God's light and love to the darkest, most needy places the world. The ministry is based in Lindale, Texas.

The Persecuted Church in China

Your Turn

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© 2011 Annette R. Smith


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      Annette R. Smith 6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      My pleasure, Ms Dee. Thank you for reading, and for taking time to comment. God bless you!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      So glad to see this helpful information posted and learn of the ministries to help persecuted Christians under communist rule. Thanks for keeping this before us!

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      Annette R. Smith 6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Hyphenbird. Voice of the Martyrs is a great organization, and I was glad to learn of these other great ministries during my research.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for this great information on organizations that help. I have been involved with Voice of the Martyrs for a while and am glad to see more Christians get aware and helping the persecuted church across the globe. A wonderful Hub!