Please Help Christian Children Caught in Catastrophe and Worn Down by Contempt

December 26, 2020

As we continue to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, please remember our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who were unable to enjoy Christmas as we do. Newborn babies and infants are starving before their desperate parents’ eyes in Zimbabwe. Other children suffer bravely for their faith, like Leah Sharibu in Nigeria, only 14 when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram. She refused to deny Christ and therefore is still held by the Islamist terrorist group nearly three years later.

A Year of Catastrophe Brought Terrible Suffering

This year of catastrophe for the world brought terrible suffering to God’s little ones in so many regions where Christians were already marginalized, persecuted and desperately poor. Hundreds of thousands of Christian children are going to bed hungry in Africa and Asia, where food insecurity has spiked in the wake of lockdowns, locust plagues, flooding and drought.

Before and after. What a difference eight weeks of feeding with ePap has made for this 4-year-old boy. A special porridge called ePap, made from maize and soya beans with added vitamins and minerals, rapidly brings health to malnourished children.

Two-Thirds of Zimbabwe’s Population Estimated to Need Food Aid by Christmas

The children of Zimbabwe were already suffering malnutrition, stunting and pellagra; now they face starvation. Babies and infants are especially vulnerable.

Warm Clothes and Sturdy Shoes

Barnabas is providing desperately needed winter coats for Armenian Christian children, whose lives have been turned upside down by the violent attacks from Azerbaijan’s armed forces, which erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh in September. Many have fled to neighboring Armenia, a very poor country, where the churches are struggling to cope with the newcomers.

Will you give a Christmas gift of warm clothes to Armenian children?

Winters are bitterly cold, so warm clothes can save lives. Will you help these child refugees?

In tropical Indonesia, keeping warm is easy, but many Christian children are so poor they have no shoes. They walk miles in their bare feet each day to get to and from school.

Will you give them a pair of proper shoes, to protect their feet on the long journey?

The Gift of Future Hope

“My parents were unable to afford my study expenditures. Neither can they buy me new books nor pay my school fee, but I have [a] strong desire to [study. So] I used to pray to God to fulfill my desire and He heard my prayers, when this school got opened by Barnabas Aid in our village.” So says Roshni, who attends one of 33 Barnabas-supported schools for Christian brick-kiln children in Pakistan.

Roshni’s prayers were answered when a Barnabas-supported school for brick-kiln children opened near her home.

For many Christian children, school is something they can only dream of. Without an education, their future looks as bleak as the lives of their illiterate parents. But the gift of schooling transforms them. Barnabas provides teachers, school buildings, books and stationery – whatever is needed to enable young Christians to get an education that will bless their whole family.

Many Christians, including this little girl, were among thousands of people injured in the terrible blast in Beirut in August. Barnabas helped with food and house repairs

Will you give a gift to remind poor and persecuted Christian children, many of them orphaned or fatherless, that God is good forever?

$4 could pay for a month’s schooling for a Christian brick-kiln child in an open-air “classroom”

$13 could buy a proper pair of shoes for an Indonesian Christian child to walk to school in

$36 could provide more than 20 pounds of ePap, with its health-giving micronutrients and protein, to nourish three children in Zimbabwe for two months

$41 could buy a warm winter coat for an Armenian child who has fled the violent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

$9,000 could construct a simple, three-room school building, with water and electricity, for 60 to 70 Christian brick-kiln children in Pakistan