Our Mission

Mission statement

Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) helps communities in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa to free themselves from a life of poverty and inequality. Through our projects in education, healthcare, pastoral support and inter-religious dialogue, we aim to foster sustainable development and bring lasting change to the communities we serve.

FACE believes in the sanctity of life; the dignity of the individual; the right of each individual to liberty, equality, justice and well-being; and in the protection of the Earth’s resources

Our primary mission

Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) strives to preserve the heritage of the Eastern Churches so that Eastern Christians  remain a living testament to the roots, legitimacy and beneficence of the Christian presence in Arab society, and continue to be mediators of peace and goodwill in their multi-faith communities.

Why support Eastern Christians?

There are more than 26 million Eastern Christians living in the Middle East and surrounding region, though many more have been forced into exile in recent decades, and those that remain are invariably treated as second-class citizens and face discrimination, inequality, injustice and poverty, with an uncertain future.  For Western Christians, they provide a direct link to the Early Church, leading us to the roots of Christianity and showing us, through their tradition and witness, a living faith in Christ.

In spite of their precarious status in not being fully-fledged citizens in their own lands, they have found a role as mediators in Arab society, guaranteeing peace in a fragile socio-political system and making an important economic contribution through professional activity.

For over two millennia, the Eastern Christians have been proud custodians of their Biblical lands; they have remained true to their baptism; they have been loyal followers of Christ; they have been peace-makers bringing goodwill to all people; and they have spread the Gospel to other lands – including our own shores.

Now Eastern Christians need the prayers and support of us. They wish to remain in their homelands, but they need our solidarity and support to do so.

So we are called on to help them as their brothers and sisters in Christ.
The survival of Eastern Christians depends on our support and our solidarity.

The Eastern Christians are a small flock, but one with a great responsibility in the land where Christianity was born and first spread…..They are like leaven in the dough…..Even more than the many contributions that the Eastern Churches make in the areas of education, healthcare and social services, which are esteemed by all, the greatest source of enrichment in the region is the presence of Christians themselves.

Pope Francis
(Letter of Pope Francis to the Christians in the Middle East – 4 th Sunday of Advent, 2014)
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