Belarus is officially a republic country; however, in practise, the government restricts basic human rights and does not uphold the rule of law. Other national governments have expressed grave concerns over the lack of true democratic principles in what has been referred to as “Europe’s last dictatorship”. The government directly or indirectly discourages and restricts the activities of religious groups beyond the Belarusian Orthodox Church. In order to assist the Reformed church community in Belarus, COAH has a number of local pastors we partner with to provide support.
Come Over and Help is supporting 15 pastors of small, poor congregations in Belarus. By providing this support, they are freed from needing to hold down a full-time job to support themselves and their family, and can concentrate on ministry work. Bible Conferences for church members and Pastor’s Conferences, which aim to instruct and mature the church, are held regularly.
Galatians 6:10 says, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” With this in mind, COAH is supporting the two following projects:
- Winter Help
Needy families and individuals suffering during the cold winter months receive assistance, whether it be food, clothing, fuel for heating, or help paying bills.
- Poor Family Assistance
Church families with financial needs are helped by the local congregations on an as-needed basis.