Established in Autumn 2015, the International Christian Consulate (ICC) has already impacted the lives of many Christian refugees escaping persecution, as well as advocating on their behalf.
Since inception, the ICC has established a forward operating base in Athens from which it manages its growing network of safe houses, providing refuge, safety and support for Christian refugees. A new Christian refugee community centre called the "House of Faith" was opened in June 2017. Meanwhile, the ICC continues to make representations in the European and UK Parliaments, to gain recognition for this pan-European issue: that Christian refugees are being widely targeted in Europe because of their faith.
Using in-depth questionnaires, the ICC has learnt that 88% of all Christian refugees have experienced or witnessed faith-based persecution and discrimination at the hands of extremists in their home countries, en-route to Europe and significantly, continue to do so in Europe’s refugee accommodation. See our reports for more details.
Working closely with partners on the ground including the Orthodox Church, the ICC seeks to provide solutions to assist this minority group. Such solutions include safe housing, integration support and job creation schemes in Greece.
Due to threats to life from extremist cells operating in refugee camps and other accommodation across the region, Christian refugees do not go to UNHCR for protection, thus largely remain ‘unregistered’. Consequently, they do not receive aid due nor do they get included in UK & European quotas for taking refugees.
Painting in the Orthodox Church in the diocese of Nea Ionia and Nea Philadelphia -depicting the historic connection between the Church, refugees and the diocese.
Founder: Yochana Darling
The ICC is a small but rapidly growing operation supported financially by both established organisations and private donors. It is a Charitable Limited Company and a registered UK Charity, with a Board of Directors and Council of Advisors.
Its Head of Mission and founder, Yochana Darling, is supported by a multi-skilled team of volunteers and staff.
"The Lord saw it (evil and oppression), and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no-one to intercede"
The Bible speaks of the 'Kingdom of God', of which Christians are citizens. It describes Christians as travellers in a foreign land: "in the world, but not of it". Should citizens of a country find themselves in trouble whilst abroad, their first port of call is the consulate of their home country. From this concept stems the vision of a Consulate for Christians to go to for help in their time of need.
Our crest is highly symbolic of the mission - find out more about what's behind the crest .
The International Christian Consulate is a Christian charity, read our Statement of Faith.
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