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There will be some images and embedded videos and other media here in due course.
Support us : Get Creative!
We recognize that people need to support themselves. All we ask is be honest and open with those you sell if you are advertising it - make it clear whether your '50%' is of the sale price, or profits after costs. We suggest a minimum of 10%, but it's up to you.
Watch this space - constructive observations and suggestions are welcome, and we will be flexible and open to trying new things.
If you want us to advertise something as being in support of this campaign, we would expect a higher percentage.
One of the CIC's involved (Melody of the Mind) might well have an e-commerce outlet opening soon, which would give another opportunity to raise funds through your creative work. If you might be interested, drop them a line at email@example.com
Well, familiarize yourself with the content of this website. We will be putting more information up on our blog page over time. Sign up for our news emails.
There are also other sources out there. Here are a few useful articles to start off with:
As to general advice, our focus in this campaign will be on the need, and not on the causes of the need, and we strongly suggest it would be wise for you to do the same. That's not to say that the causes of the desperate situation of Christians of Pakistan don't urgently need to be addressed, but there are all sorts of potential pitfalls on this hot topic. At the least, be very careful when you touch on the reasons why Christians need such help. Obviously to explain the need, some background is necessary, but do try and do so sensitively and moderately.
Find out a bit more about how we operate, and what you can do to help.
Gift Aid and tax
Gift Aid can not be claimed as the entity involved is not a charity. Instead it is a Community Interest Company, a non-charitable form for not-for-profit companies in UK law.
As to validity for tax deductions, we can only urge you to seek professional financial or tax guidance from qualified professionals to find out if donations to this campaign are tax-deductible in your jurisdiction and situation.
You can ask. However, we can’t guarantee it – for instance, it may already have been paid for and we haven’t yet updated our pages. However, we can guarantee that it will go to meet similar need.
Firstly, this is because Christians in Pakistan constitute a religious minority who suffer a severe disadvantage, discrimination and extreme persecution. There are other such minorities, chiefly Hindus, but they will have their own charities and support. As Christians, we are indeed commanded in the Bible to do ‘good to all’, but that we should do good ‘especially for the household of faith’. That said, it is not uncommon practice for Christian ministries on the ground to give ad hoc help to other needy people. For instance, a mainly Christian village might give support to deserving and needy local people from the majority faith if they can get no support elsewhere and have not engaged in anti-Christian or extremist activity. We leave it up to the people on the ground, as they know their local situation best, as long as the vast majority goes to Christians.
No. Our work is interdenominational (surprisingly, between the two CIC directors, we actually manage to cover at least five or six widely differing denominational streams of Christianity - Seventh Day Adventist, Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal / Evangelical and Messianic). We will support any Christian group or denomination on the ground. By Christian, we mean those who can affirm the Apostles and Nicene creeds (allowing for those who have difficulty with the controversial ‘Filoque’ Nicene creed clause).
In many cases, particularly in Sri Lanka and south east Asian countries, asylum seekers from Pakistan, of whom Christians form a large proportion, face extreme difficulties in supporting themselves and surviving, and often local churches are overwhelmed and unable to fully help. Such issues are likely to be worse under the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic and ensuing issues. Thus, although it is not our main focus, we may, where we are satisfied of the genuine need, supply funds to help Pakistani Christians elsewhere in the world.
That's a valid concern and a fair question. If you go to the page 'Who is behind this campaign' you can find out a bit more about us, plus there is a section on our ethos and goals that specifically addresses these kinds of issues.
Well, we have to protect our recipients, plus it may change over time, but we are going to give priority to those who initially have appealed for help to us, in that we aim to give to their needs as steadily as we can, depending on donation levels, and any excess each month we may give as and when we can to other areas, or charities, etc with low overheads that aim to meet the same need. At the time of campaign launch, such priority locations include a mainly Christian village within 60 or 70 miles of Lahore, and some mainly Christian slums in a city in Sindh province. We will produce reports and information online which will provide as much detail as we can whilst seeking to minimize any risk to the recipients (and those administering the money on the ground).
Well, apart from raise and/or donate money, you can spread the word, especially to people you know who might be interested in helping save these lives (especially if you happen to know they have cash to spare!). You can also pray. In the long term, seeking more sustainability and breaking these vulnerable people out of the poverty trap would be far better than just sending food in the next crisis, so we would be interested in hearing from people, businesspeople and the like, who may have ideas for job generation for them. One of the CIC directors already have some ideas from talking to Christian slum women in a recent trip there, but further suggestions are welcome. And, as we said in the Get Creative section above, if you are creative, maybe use lockdown to create something - not necessarily even to raise money, but to spotlight the plight of these much persecuted people.
We won’t turn away a donation privately made, generally speaking. However, if you wish to publicise your donation in some way, it is best if you approach us first. This is, in part, because there are quite likely one or two issues you need to consider that you may not have thought about. Drop us a line on our Contact us form to discuss some more, in this case.