What we do

Voice of persecuted Christians

Serving the persecuted church

Release International serves the persecuted church around the world in five key ways:

RI helps Christians survive persecution

Showing God’s compassion – providing for the needs of the families of Christians who are being persecuted or have been imprisoned or killed

Every year thousands of Christians are detained and imprisoned for their faith in Jesus Christ. Some are even martyred. Where families have lost the breadwinner, Release gives pastoral care and practical support.


RI helps Christians survive persecution

Serving God’s church – enabling believers to survive persecution and its effects

Release stands with churches and church leaders around the world who are being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ: by directly supporting persecuted pastors and their families; and by providing leadership and theological training.



RI helps strengthen the persecuted churchSharing God’s love – helping persecuted Christians bring to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel

The Bible tells us that the apostle Paul was once a persecutor of the early church – until God turned his life around – transforming him into a mighty preacher and church-planter. Release helps persecuted churches bring the good news of the gospel – even to those who persecute them.


RI helps spread God's WordSpreading God’s Word – supplying Bibles and literature to meet the need for growth and evangelism

Release provides Bibles and Christian literature in local languages to build up the church, to encourage evangelism and disciple new believers in Christ.






RI speaks out on behalf of imprisoned ChristiansSpeaking as God’s advocates – being the voice of the oppressed and persecuted

Release helps to bring the voice of the persecuted church to fellowships in the UK and Ireland, and also to governments. We regularly ask supporters to campaign on behalf of persecuted Christians by writing letters and using petitions.