From our field partner (closed country, name withheld for security reasons);
Jesus Christ taught that in order to love Him, we must be His imitators. To imitate Christ, we must abide in Him, thereby coming to know His heart. The Psalmist reveals the heart of Christ:
“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free. The LORD gives sight to the blind; the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the alien; and sustains the fatherless and the widow; but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” – Psalm 146:7-9
At the core of our values is providing compassionate and Christ-centered ministry to those Christ came to serve: the oppressed, the hungry, the captive, the blind, the lowly, the alien, the orphan and the widow. This involves:
As exemplified by Christ Himself, we believe that Christ-centered, compassionate ministry must address both physical and spiritual needs; therefore our approach to ministry addresses the development of the whole person.
Friends Of The Oppressed represents:
Serving the persecuted and poor.
Support for those who are suffering persecution in silence. They cannot share publicly their suffering for fear of reprisal.
Advocacy work at different levels for the persecuted, while maintaining a low profile as much as possible for security reasons.
Service, aid and sharing the love of Christ in action with the marginalized, utilizing a holistic vision; serving both spiritual and physical needs. We serve children, women, and families living in the poorest neighborhoods.
Prayer initiatives, preaching and discipleship; we involve lay preachers and lay people in an effort to empower them more.
An evangelistic approach based upon the current realities of our culture; we have to be sensitive to our surroundings.
This field partner is available to discuss the plight of the persecuted church and to pray with western believers.