Global Compassion Fund
Join us in meeting practical and urgent needs around the world.
Motivated by the love of Christ, for more than 45 years we as the Brethren in Christ (BIC) family have come together to address international natural disasters, humanitarian aid crises, and extreme poverty.
We work hand in hand with international Brethren in Christ churches — together meeting needs restoratively. Our close relationships with local churches and partners, in some cases spanning more than 100 years, enable us to quickly and effectively aid people who need help most.
In the last 5 years, we have provided immediate, life-giving resources to people in 21 countries, showing the love of Christ tangibly around the world.
Note: Formerly the “World Hunger Fund,” the ministry began in 1974 to provide hunger relief in countries with a BIC presence.
- March 24, 2023
Macha Mission Hospital (Zambia) recently renovated the male and female patient wards and needed basic furnishings to complete the renovations. This distribution from the Global Compassion Fund was sent to purchase everything from wheelchairs and stretchers to hand washing buckets and spoons.
“Bed pans, dust bins, and gallipots aren’t glamorous; but they are essential to patient care,” says Dr. Mark Roth, a hospital administrator and BIC U.S. missionary. “These funds will allow us to provide better care for patients in our newly renovated wards.”
- March 17, 2023
Tropical Storm Freddy struck the eastern coast of southern Africa this month with massive rainfall. In Blantyre, the hilly economic capital of Malawi, raging flood waters and sudden landslides have destroyed homes and taken hundreds of lives.
This early distribution from the Global Compassion Fund supports the initial emergency relief efforts of the Brethren in Christ Church in Malawi.
- March 15, 2023
Helping Hands (a partner ministry in Athens, Greece) provides supplemental shelf-stable foods to refugees in a nearby camp. Meeting practical needs like these creates an opportunity to build relationships and share the love of Christ with those often overlooked and marginalized.
This distribution from the Global Compassion Fund will cover three months of food, petrol, and road tolls for this weekly outreach.
- March 15, 2023
Maize (white corn) is an important staple food in Zambia. Due to disappointing crop yields in recent years, the maize supply has decreased while the price of available maize has increased. This distribution from the Global Compassion Fund was sent to purchase maize to help staff and students at Sikalongo Bible Institute make it through the lean times until harvest.
- March 2, 2023
In February, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Turkey and Syria, causing extensive devastation in both countries. This distribution from the Global Compassion Fund was sent to assist one of our local partners in providing food, clothing, hygiene items, water resources, and psychological care to Syrians recovering from the aftermath of the earthquake.
- November 21, 2022
Over the past four years, Malawi has been struck by multiple cyclones that resulted in severe flooding and agricultural damage. In a country where 80% of the population are subsistence farmers, ruined crops and soaring food prices have left many Malawians hungry and surviving on what little food can be foraged. Through this distribution, the local BIC church provided 525 individual households with 50kgs of maize – the staple food in the region.
“The food relief aid also stands as an evangelistic tool in all the areas reached. [It] made the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ relevant by also touching people’s physical needs,” report Malawian church leaders who organized and facilitated the distribution.
- October 27, 2021
In the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, many indigenous widows and their children face food insecurity. Thanks to the Global Compassion Fund, we provided 12 months of basic food and hygiene packs to a group of vulnerable women and children. Each pack contained rice, oatmeal, cooking oil, bath tissue, and other necessities to share the love of Jesus in a tangible way.
While distributing the packs, BIC U.S. global worker Yosuel Medina encountered a woman who had fasted for several days so her daughter could eat. Through teary eyes, she told him she had completely run out of food earlier that day. “These kits testified that God is real, and the church is more than a building,” says Yosuel.
- September 30, 2021
In 2020, we reported on several distributions from the Global Compassion Fund sent to international BIC communities struggling through the challenges and aftermath of the pandemic. As the virus continues to disrupt routine life around the globe, we have distributed additional funds from the Global Compassion Fund throughout 2021, meeting practical needs for our brothers and sisters in India, Nepal, Kenya, and Liberia.
- May 3, 2021
Years of natural disasters punctuated by insurgent violence have led to a food crisis throughout northern Mozambique. We have partnered with local BIC Church leaders to provide food for nearly 800 families facing starvation.
- December 16, 2020
In November 2020, two Category 4 hurricanes slammed Honduras in the space of two weeks, flooding neighborhoods and triggering mudslides. Homes, churches, crops, and infrastructure were destroyed, and thousands of people were forced into crowded shelters.
We were able to partner with BIC churches in the affected areas to support their communities. Global Compassion funds were used to provide furniture, household items, appliances, and construction materials to rebuild churches and homes. We thank our donors for helping us support our brothers and sisters recovering from this tragedy.
- December 2, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continued through 2020, we listened to our global community for ways to provide aid. In the second half of the year, we sent funds to meet practical needs in El Salvador, Mexico, the Navajo Nation, Spain, and beyond.
- November 24, 2020
Many refugees in the Middle East live in poverty, and certain schools in the region have restricted their hours because of the pandemic. Most students only receive five hours of instruction each week with little support from their teachers. This limited access to education has put refugee children at increased risk of falling behind in school.
Our workers in the region have partnered with a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides tutoring to refugee children three times a week. Money from the Global Compassion Fund has enabled the NGO to expand the program and assist more children in furthering their education, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty. Thanks to this partnership, our workers have been able to build new relationships and further share the love of Jesus within the refugee community.
- September 30, 2020
On September 8th, the largest refugee camp in Europe was destroyed by fire. We’ve partnered with an organization on the ground to provide much needed relief during this time of crisis.
- May 29, 2020
Amidst the global COVID-19 crisis, we provided essential supplies and equipment to Brethren in Christ churches and hospitals in six different countries, equipping the Church to meet physical needs within their communities.
- April 15, 2020
In November 2019, a heavy windstorm swept through the Mboole Primary and Secondary School in Southern Zambia, ripping the roofs off two classroom buildings and destroying the library, computer lab and an administrative office.
Thanks to funds from the Global Compassion Fund, the BIC church in Zambia was able to repair the roofs at Mboole, allowing classes to resume in the previously damaged buildings.
- April 9, 2020
A severe drought left many in Zambia facing extreme famine. From September 2019 through April 2020, we provided much needed relief to at-risk families throughout Southern Province, where Macha Hospital is located.
To date, we’ve distributed 1,850 bags (over 50 pounds each) of corn meal and 450 bags (over 20 pounds each) of corn seed across the region. These supplies helped alleviate immediate hunger needs and provided resources for next season’s harvest.
- May 7, 2019
Following the devastation of Cyclone Idai, we helped over 500 families in the hardest-hit areas of Mozambique and Malawi by providing emergency aid.