Who We Are
For 50 years the international ministry of ICR has provided spritual and material assistance to Christians who live in countries hostile to the gospel, enabling them to proclaim the truth, plant churches - and persevere.
International Christian Response was founded in 1969 through the ministry of Rev. Richard Wurmbrand who became known around the world for his book “Tortured for Christ.” Today, still many people are unaware of how Christians are being persecuted in countries with limited religious freedom. Initially, our greater organization focused on Eastern Europe, communist countries, and the production, transport, and distribution of Christian literature. The fall of Communism and a generation-turnover in our leadership have resulted in a renewed mission, vision, and values. While we continue to provide fast and effective help for persevering Christians, we help advance the Gospel in over forty four hostile countries where American Missionaries cannot go.
By 2021, 30,000 healthy and multiplying churches planted in places American missionaries cannot go.
Our Beliefs are aligned with The Lausanne Covenant.
Values and Principals:
Respond to the Persecuted
Education Encouraging Prayer and Action
Stewardship Maximizing Effectiveness of Resources
Prayer for the Persecuted Church and Our Enemy
Oneness as the Body of Christ in Reciprocal Service
Nationals Mobilized in Hostile Places
Safeguard Identities to Avoid Unnecessary Harm
Encouragement in Growth Despite Persecution