21Wilberforce Impact in 2023

Thank you for standing in the gap with 21Wilberforce for those persecuted for their faith around the world.  With prayer and financial support from friends like you, in 2023 the team at 21Wilberforce engaged faith communities on the ground, government leaders and partners to advance freedom of religion or belief.

Examples include:

  • Engaged in religious freedom advocacy work in 11 countries: Afghanistan, Burma, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Ukraine and Viet Nam
  • Collaborated with other NGOs on 7 religious freedom advocacy campaigns including a bipartisan international effort to relocate 62 members of Mayflower Church from Thailand to Texas
  • Created a platform for 1,055 people to engage resulting in 2,655 messages
  • Led 15 religious freedom advocacy trainings around the world
  • Launched the Global Freedom Network pilot project in Africa
  • Raised funds for trauma counselors in Manipur state, India
  • Partnered with researchers from University of Stirling on United Nations UPR Project
  • Spoke at 20 events attended by 8,500
  • Mentored 21 young adults as 21Wilberforce Timothy Fellows and Associates
  • Assisted 106 Afghans to escape and relocate to Brazil with help from Brazilian Baptists. (Since April 2021, total 747 Afghans were received by Vila Minha Pátria, Brazilian Baptists.)
  • Deployed 41,000 monthly Speak Freedom Alert enewsletters
  • Distributed 900 copies of the book “Speak Freedom: Developing Emergent Leaders in the Struggle for Justice” by Randel Everett
  • Reached thousands with Iran Alive broadcasts with Randel Everett

“We live in a time of growing religious persecution, both in breadth and brutality. Daily media reports have become a familiar horror. It is easy to become desensitized or overwhelmed by the persistent news stories. However, the complexity and inhumanity of global persecution is no excuse to avoid a response. On the contrary, the church urgently needs a call to action.”

Kevin R. den Dulk and Robert J. Joustra, The Church and Religious Persecution, The Calvin College Press


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