About the Stefanos Foundation
Stefanos is the rising hope of the persecuted. Our main aim is to serve persecuted Christians in Nigeria and around the world. We are dedicated to making the voice of the persecuted church heard and giving practical care and support in the most desperate situations. We are inspired by the scripture, ‘Remember those in prison as if you yourself were their fellow prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourself were suffering’ Hebrews 13:3 In collaboration with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), we work in partnership with Release International UK and Voice of the Martyrs USA. These are members of International Christian Assembly, founded by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. We also work with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Wycliffe Africa, Rafiki Children Centre and other sister organisations. Stefanos Foundation was birthed through the activities of Release International in Nigeria in 2001. Release International is a UK organisation founded by Richard Wurmbrand with the aim of bringing the suffering of the persecuted church to the attention of the world.
We are against violence in any form. We are against marginalisation of or discrimination against people because of their faith. We are against religious cleansing of any kind, killing or harming converts, abduction for forcible conversion, corruption and distortion of the truth, unfair trials and wrongful imprisonment. We espouse a policy of non-retaliation towards aggressors, believing this to be the way of Christ.
Our Purpose is to support Christians in Nigeria suffering persecution. Our Aims and Objectives are:
- Showing God’s compassion Providing for the needs of the families of martyrs and prisoners of faith
- Serving God’s church Enabling them to survive persecution and its effects
- Sharing God’s love Helping the persecuted church win to Christ, those who are opposed to the gospel
- Spreading God’s Word Supplying Bibles and other literature to meet the need for growth and evangelism
- Speaking as God’s Advocates Being the voice of the martyrs and the oppressed.
Nigeria is a huge country and the most populous in Africa – a nation of over 140 million people, predominantly Muslim in the north and Christian in the south. Hundreds of homes and churches have been torched, and Christian men, women and children terrorised, macheted or shot. Government miliitary forces provide little or no protection and are increasingly complicit in these attacks. In the North-West, victims are not eligible for relief funding if they are Christians. Our aim is to help victims of aggression and those suffering discrimination simply for being Christians. By supporting Stefanos Foundation you help us provide funding for widows and orphans, work for justice in the courts, and bring the attention of world media to what is happening here on our doorstep. In recent times, the church in north and central Nigeria has fallen victim to discrimination, intimidation and dreadful violence, fuelled by Islamic terrorism and expansionism.