Christian Catholic Relief Fund
Who we Are ?
Dear Messrs :-
Christian Catholic Relief Fund is a non-profit foundation consisting from all categories of the Christian Catholic Palestinian Categories such as: Doctors, Pharmacists, Engineers, University Instructors, Peasants, Merchants, Administrators, Thinkers, Poets, Authors, Archeologists with a mission to look after the poor, regardless of affiliation. We have been established in Birzeit – Palestine in the year 2014 as a Society consisting of local energetic and dynamic men and women who represent a wide spectrum of our village. Our commitment is to work as a volunteering group just for creating and organizing projects aimed at providing what is urgently needed for the poor.
'The poor will always being with us.' We see poverty from our scope of vision as having many dimensions: spiritual, social, emotional, psychological, physical and financial. The strategy of CCRF is not simply to distribute food for poor and needy families, but to start development, not just to feed, but to teach people how to produce and acquire food with dignity. Therefore individuals are the center point of our mission and our services.
We are relying on our own creativity for planning and achieving our goals. Our strategy is not to wait for things to happen, but to make them happen. by offering what we have: time, energy, gifts, friendships, connections, etc. for the benefit of our people.
Spirituality and Goals of Christian Catholic Relief Fund :-
Christian Catholic Relief Fund is considered as the beautified embodied for the evangelical love, and as we can not portion the evangelical love or reduces it, also the horizons CCRF has no limits, since all what is related to the act of loving is the field of its function. Therefore, we realize in full that poverty takes many shapes, it is considered as the shortage of things with someones which available with the others, this shortage may be financially, emotionally, physiologically, physically or spiritually. So that the elder may need for a financial help as well as his need of the other person to be presented to share him his loneliness and his isolation. This is the same for the ill, despair or who is lost either physiologically or socially.
The vital function of the Christian Catholic Relief Fund is the human being as a person depending on the work strategy with the soul of one party who are not waiting for the things to happen but to take the initiative to encounter it, devoting all what we have of efforts which shares in the benefit of our local community, believing that a Society having all this specifications is a Society for work and give not just for prestigious matters.
Christian Catholic Relief Fund has adopted an obvious shaped strategy by means of depending as much as we can of receiving an urgent bluntly financial assistance from the Philanthropist and wealthy American and European men and women & or Catholic Churches related associations Worldwide.
As you can see, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are opportunities for mercy. visiting a sick person in the hospital, being patient with the driver who cuts you off, paying attention to one who is lonely, or praying for the souls in purgatory are all acts of mercy that we can practice. The Church lists 7 of each because 7 is a mystical number, but the possibilities are endless. The point is, we must give of ourselves to those who need it—and if we pay attention, we will find countless opportunities to do so.
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To harbour the harbourless
To visit the sick
To ransom the captive
To bury the dead
The 7 spiritual works of mercy are:
To instruct the ignorant
To counsel the doubtful
To admonish sinners
To bear wrongs patiently
To forgive offences willingly
To comfort the afflicted
To pray for the living and the dead
Our Declared Slogan Consisting of the Following Positive Aspects: -
Give Abundantly Live Lavishly.
The more you give, the more you get.
The more you laugh, the less you fret.
The more you do unselfishly.
The more you live abundantly.
The more of everything you share.
The more you'll always have to spare.
The more you love, the more you'll find.
That life is good and friends are kind.
For only what we give away.
Enriches us from day to day.
Christian persecution,' says Open Doors USA in a CNS News article, 'is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one's identification as a Christian. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.'
What do Christians and other minorities face today living in the Middle East?
I don't think people understand that the notion of Arab nationalism began among minority groups and was originally developed to be an identity larger than sect. In the crumbling of the Ottoman era, the danger was precisely that you could have these sectarian movements. Arab nationalists came to the fore and said, 'We're not Sunni, Shia, Christian, Jewish. We are Arabs.' The idea of being Arab was, 'Don't look at the religion, look at our common heritage and our ethnicity.' And so that's what took hold in greater Syria, and Christians said, 'I can live with this. This is going to protect me.' It was a minority regime protecting other minorities against the danger of being swallowed up by a sectarian conflict. The same in Iraq, where the minority group was Sunni, and they did the same thing with the ideology of a secular, nonsectarian government.
Now it is a fact that both Ba'ath regimes, the one in Syria and the one in Iraq, were brutal. Both regimes violated human rights. But they were secular and nationalist, and Christians in fact found themselves secure as communities in that environment. And I think people didn't pay attention to that when they said, 'Let's get rid of Saddam [Hussein], let's get rid of [Bashar al-]Assad.' They didn't ask, 'How do you do that in a way that doesn't unleash a sectarian bloodbath?' The regimes clearly had to go, but it was a question of how they went. The fact is, there was no thought given to what would replace them and what would protect people.
ISIS Rules & Conditions against Christians
• A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death.
• The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents 'protection' if they agreed to the list of conditions:-
'Risking the sword'
The directive from ISIS, citing the Islamic concept of 'dhimma', requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety.
Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS
(also known as ISIL) on their daily lives.
It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public.
The statement said the group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices - they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS' conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed.
'If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,' the statement said
We have been shown endless mercy by Our Lord, and we must show mercy to others if we are to be obedient to the Gospel. This Lent, seek opportunities for generosity. Perhaps someone has physical needs that are clearly seen, but maybe someone else has spiritual needs there more easily hidden. Pay attention. Once you are aware of a need, give generously of yourself— until it hurts. Be literally compassionate— feel the suffering of others and seek to alleviate it. Threfore, we , as the minority of Christians living in the Middle East Muslim Countries are facing very tough brutal and barbarian acts of beheading, killing and murdering for nothing but because we are Christians, the followers of Jesus, we are persecuted in our faith, our dogma, our religion, our believes, our culture, since the Fanatic Islamic Groups, who are thirsty enough for killing us, destroying our properties, demolishing and burning our churches, raping our daughters, selling our wives in the auction.
In the light of these facts and realities, we are asking you to understand our catastrophe we are facing now and in the near future, and just support us financially to enable us stand strongly on our foot defending our religion, families, our believes and dogmas and defending also our wives sons and daughters from those stupid Islamic Groups.
You can give your donations directly in US Dollars through bank transfer to the following address:-
Name : Issa Yousef Qustandi Alloush
Account Number : 20872
Name Of the Bank : The Housing Bank For Trade & Finance
IBAN Number: PS65HBH0040600208720023100000
SWIFT CODE: HBHOJOAX**
I would be more grateful and much appreciated if you could support us with your lavish money to enable us help those who are in great need for this money since we have more than ( 150 ) families who are living below poverty level. Therefore,we do believe that this is the specific thing we can do for assisting those families througn allocating for them the money they need to spend for themselves and their families with accordance to the recession, the unemployment and to the high cost of living and difficult circumstances in the occupied Palestinian Territories.
Thanks and Regards for your co-operation in advance.
Issa Y. Alloush
Christian Catholic Relief Fund