Our Faith in today’s world


To the Faithful – A Crisis for the Church in the 21st Century

As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, and country after country goes into lockdown, Barnabas Fund is working to give urgent practical aid to poor, discriminated and persecuted Christians whose lives are now afflicted by the virus as well.

Lockdown is bad enough in Western countries, where governments are stepping in to cover salaries for those who cannot work, but it is catastrophic in poorer countries without such resources. Many of our brothers and sisters in other contexts are already “at the bottom of the pile”, living on meagre daily wages. Now they have no wages. They have nothing at all.

Barnabas Fund has swung into action, using our network of more than 80 Christian organisations, agencies and denominations, representing thousands of churches and church leaders across the world, to get information and send help.

Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network

We are pleased to announce the creation of our Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network (BCEN), comprising Christian organisations and agencies in coronavirus-affected countries across the world, with the focus on areas where Christians are already poor, discriminated against or persecuted.

The ever-expanding network (listed below) will provide grassroots information on the effects of the virus and of the measures taken to contain its spread, in particular government lockdowns and their impact on vulnerable Christian communities.

  • To obtain reliable up-to-date information, from a Christian perspective, which we will share with Barnabas Fund supporters around the world to inform their prayers.
  • To guide Barnabas Fund’s response in terms of practical support for coronavirus-affected Christians, thus ensuring that funds given are used as effectively as possible in this unprecedented and fast-changing global emergency.

For further information on Barnabas Fund’s coronavirus response by prayer and practical support, go to: barnabasfund.org/coronavirus

Barnabas Fund has launched a major appeal to help Christians caught up in the coronavirus and lockdown situation. To donate, click here.

Thank you for your gifts and prayers,


Hendrik Storm
International CEO, Barnabas Fund

The Network Details:

Countries represented in our Network: Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Associations and other institutions:

Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa

Association for Christian Religious Practitioners

Bible Media and Nehemiah

Bible Institute

Biblica (South Africa)

Chorra Ministry, Ethiopia

Ecumenical Foundation of Southern Africa

Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion

Evangelical Alliance of Kenya

GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference)

National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)

Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life

Presbyterian Church, Southern Africa

PTHU Global Christianity

Reformed Mission League

Reformational Study Centre

Tentmakers International Africa

The Reformed Family Forum

World Communion of Reformed Churches

Partners within the following Churches:

Anglican Church of Uganda

Anglican Church of Kenya

Anglican Church of Nigeria

Anglican Church of South Sudan

Anglican Church of Tanzania

Brethren Church

Church of Ceylon

Church of North India

Church of Pakistan

Coptic Orthodox Church

Dinka Congregations in Juba, South Sudan

Dutch Reformed Church, South Africa

ECWA Theological Seminary Church, Nigeria

Methodist Church, Ghana

Methodist Church, Nigeria

Nairobi Baptist Church, Kenya

Syrian Orthodox Church

The Church of Pentecost, Ghana

The Church in the Province of the West Indies

Theological Institutions:

Instituto Bíblico de Kaluquembe – Missão Urgente

Instituto Superior de Teologia Evangelica no Lubango

Instituto Teológico da Igreja Evangélica Reformada de Angola

Seminario Emanuel do Dôndi

Université Shalom de Bunia

Ethiopian Full Gospel Theological Seminary

Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology

St Frumentius Abba Selama Kessate Berhan Theological College

Doon Bible College Serampore

Africa International University

Bishop Hannington Institute of Theology and Development

Carlile College

Daystar University

International Leadership University

Moffat Bible College

Orthodox Theological Seminary

Pan Africa Christian University

Reformed Institute for Theological Training

Scott Christian University St. Paul’s University

Morija Theological Seminary

Africa Bible College (ABC)

Chancellor College, Malawi

Josophat Mwale

Theological Institution

University of Livingstonia

Zomba Theological College

HEFSIBA Mozambique

Nile Theological College

St John’s College of Theology and Development

Domboshava Theological College Murray

Theological College

Reformed Church University

Rusitu Bible College

Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary

Asia Graduate School of Theology

Reformed and Presbyterian Seminary

Jos ECWA Theological Seminary

Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Redeemed Christian Bible College

Reformed Theological Seminary

Theological College of Northern Nigeria UMCA Theological College

Jos ECWA Theological Seminary

Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Redeemed Christian Bible College

Reformed Theological Seminary

Theological College of Northern Nigeria UMCA Theological College

Jos ECWA Theological Seminary

Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Redeemed Christian Bible College

Reformed Theological Seminary

Theological College of Northern Nigeria UMCA Theological College

Zarephath Bible Seminary

Free State University

Hugenote College

North West University

Pretoria University

Stellenbosch University

Uganda Christian University

Justo Mwale University (JMU)

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