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Release International is a Christian ministry working through local church partners in around 30 countries across the world, helping persecuted Christians prayerfully, pastorally and practically.

We were founded in 1968, inspired by the testimony and ministry of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. Following the demise of Communism in Eastern Europe and the increase in the persecution of Christians elsewhere in the world, the Ministry broadened its activities and changed its name to Release International.

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13 v 3: ‘Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.


In 2019 we updated our Calling and Mission, which now defines the ministry of Release International.


Through the ministry of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand and Hebrews 13:3 we have been called by God to love and serve persecuted Christians.


Our Mission is to love and serve persecuted Christians by:


Raising their Voice

Our primary mission is to raise the voice of persecuted Christians with Christians in the UK and through evangelical Christian churches.

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Giving them the ‘tools’ they need to live for Jesus Christ.

Release International delivers the international aspects of its ministry by working in-country through local churches or organisations.

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Calling UK Christians into fellowship with them

Bringing our friends and supporters into fellowship with persecuted Christians worldwide.

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Learning lessons of Christian discipleship with them

Through many of our outputs we increase knowledge of the Biblical perspective on persecution.

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Maintaining Christian stewardship to honour them

We put a great emphasis on a relational approach to our Ministry.

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'I tremble because of the sufferings of those persecuted in different lands. I tremble thinking about the eternal destiny of their torturers. I tremble for Western Christians who don’t help their persecuted brethren. In the depth of my heart, I would like to keep the beauty of my own vineyard and not be involved in such a huge fight. I would like so much to be somewhere in quietness and rest. But it is not possible… The quietness and rest for which I long would be an escape from reality and dangerous for my soul… The West sleeps and must be awakened to see the plight of the captive nations.'

Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ.

Richard Wurmband