The International Christian Relief (ICR) is the mission arm
of the World Council of Independent Christian Churches.
The purpose of the ICR is to discern legitimate ministries/churches/persons
that are preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ and recommend
them to the Board for mission assistance.
Requests for assistance are put through a rigorous approval
process. Applicants must be registered with their local governments
as churches or ministries and must be authorized by their
government to receive funds. Applicants must be members of
the WCICC and in good standing with the WCICC. There are no
exceptions to these rules.
Financial Policy of WCICC and ICR
The World Council of Independent Christian Churches and the
International Christian Relief fund receive hundreds of requests
per day for assistance.
The WCICC and the ICR understand the requests we do receive
however we are required by scripture to be sure the requests
we do respond to meet the principles of Christian Stewardship
and Financial Accountability.
The majority of these requests are from people “begging”
for money with no “legitimate” ministry.. Almost
every request is the same and they all have the same hardship
story. The WCICC and the ICR simply can not reply nor consider
all of them. The WCICC and ICR have instituted a point system
for considering theses requests. The higher the point value
the greater the chance is of the request being considered.
The WCICC and ICR feels continual begging to be non-Christian
in principle. This is not to say the need is not real, however
one must consider why they are in their current financial
The scriptures are very clear in that God will meet the need
of those he calls into ministry. Further and continual begging
reflects the wrong image to the world as to God meeting the
needs of Christians. While we know this is not a poplar view
the WCICC and ICR will take the higher road.
Paul mended tents, Peter was a fisherman, Matthew was a tax
collector but all carried their own financial responsibilities.
The scriptures are clear; if you do not work you do not eat.
In addition, the WCICC and ICR believe that Christians should
be exercising a very basic principle and promise in the scriptures.
Matthew 6:24-26 NIV
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate
the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one
and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will
wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more
important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they
do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Luke 19:22 NIV
22 "His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own
words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a
hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what
I did not sow?
Galatians 6:7-8 KJV
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap . 8 For he that soweth to
his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that
soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
In summary we believe one must give to receive.
Again we do not believe continual begging honors Christ.
Please consider the following scripture.
Psalms 37:23-26 NIV
If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;
24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds
him with his hand. 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I
have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging
bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their
children will be blessed.
1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially
for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse
than an unbeliever.
Matthew 6:2-4 NIV
2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it
with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and
on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth,
they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give
to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right
hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then
your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward
Matthew 7:9-12 NIV
9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give
him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a
snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father
in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything,
do to others what you would have them do to you, for this
sums up the Law and the Prophets.
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