Among the most important concerns of people who make charitable contributions is that their money actually ends up going directly toward the cause for which it is intended. When that cause is halfway around the world, in a region where corruption is in no short supply, such concerns are even more warranted.
Moreover, when the cause is rescuing Christians in Pakistan, we know about this all too well, as the suicide bombings at the All Saints Church in Peshawar have demonstrated. There are entities and individuals on the ground in Pakistan that take advantage of donors’ good intentions. We are very sensitive to these abuses and it is for that reason that we have decided to produce copies of hospital bills for individuals who’ve benefited directly from your donations.
Here is a message from Keith Davies, Executive Director of Rescue Christians:
While we cannot supply full transparency on how your money is used out of concerns about security, showing you copies of the initial hospital bills to help the victims of bombing is one thing we can do to show some of that transparency. The actual rescue work our people do is not only sensitive but very dangerous. Recently, three of our team members in Pakistan were detained by police only because they spoke with different dialects and looked different while working in the Peshawar area. This shows us how our work is closely monitored by the Pakistani government; there are other examples which we cannot publish.
Thankfully, our leaders on the ground were able secure their release within a few hours. Not only do we have to deal with the Islamic extremists – both inside and outside the Pakistani government – but also with corrupt Church leaders as well as people who look to make money off the tragedy of others’ persecution. Our teams on the ground are doing unbelievable work (I deal with them daily) despite facing these obstacles. Please continue to both pray and – if you can – support this holy work. Please click here to do so.
Below, you will see copies of hospital receipts mentioned above (click each image to enlarge). NOTE: The receipts below are watermarked for one simple, but unfortunate reason. Our concern is that NGO’s might claim these documents as their own for fraudulent purposes.