Karolyn Andrews Memorial Fund
(Editorial - July/August 2002)
the Bible prophesies, and as Christadelphians have expected for
over a century, the world is becoming an ever more violent place, especially
for godly people who have a serious Biblical faith.
Purpose of KAMF
Andrews Memorial Fund is an international emergency fund established to help
and support Christadelphians and their families anywhere in the world who
are victims of violence and persecution because of their faith. It provides
immediate assistance when requested by experienced elder brothers and
sisters. On their recommendation, the Fund will support those in prison, in
hiding, and their families, assist those who have lost their homes and
livelihood as a result of obeying the truth, and arrange for relocation
In 1997, some
very serious cases of persecution of brothers and sisters occurred in
countries where existing sources of help, such as the Bible Missions were
not available or appropriate, and where the circumstances required a high
degree of confidentiality and discretion. The trustees of an existing
Christadelphian Fund in the United States of America agreed to help the
immediate need but it was felt the formation of a specialized fund was
advisable. A fully international committee of ten directors was formed and a
new fund incorporated in the Cayman Islands, the world’s fourth largest
financial center. The incorporation coincided with the brutal murder of Sis.
Karolyn Andrews of the century-old Georgetown ecclesia in Guyana, and the
Fund adopted her name in memory of a typical modern martyr for the truth.
There have been others since, and no doubt there may be more before the
After many years when almost the only serious persecution of
Christadelphians was in Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union, today
brothers and sisters all over the world are being tried in a furnace of
affliction. The growing and trafficking of illegal drugs and the terrorism
they generate have become the world’s most lucrative business. In some
countries, where the Christadelphian presence is of very long standing,
deliberate persecution of those refusing to condone drug use and traffic is
Also, as a
result of recent preaching, and God’s blessing, many former muslims in
Central Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere are responding to the Gospel of
Christ. They are doing so at the hazard of their lives, and are already
facing imprisonment and harassment. This past month, help was requested for
a couple who have been continually threatened, with the husband beaten
unconscious, for their preaching activities. They have lost home and job yet
continue to preach fearlessly despite all that has happened. Funds were
provided to assist with relocation.
their faith, brothers and sisters in many areas of the world have fallen
victim to guerrilla groups and militaristic regimes. Some have been victims
of brutal torture and dehumanizing treatment, borne with great courage. For
example, a brother who refused to resume his life of law enforcement was
framed by the authorities and wrongfully imprisoned. Significant funds were
required to secure the help which effectuated his release.
Not all of
these are in poor anti-Christian or anti-western countries. Hatred and
religious fanaticism know no boundaries of race or nation. Over the past
five years, the KAMF has assisted brothers and sisters and families
persecuted by Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, racists,
atheists, state secret police, rebel guerrillas, drug dons and various
Making a difference
We wish to emphasize that the KAMF is not a ‘welfare’ fund for the poor and
needy. Most assistance is not given directly to the persecuted members, but
is administered by the directors or their carefully selected agents. Funds
are used to enable suitably wise and courageous brothers and sisters to
carry out investigations, often covert and hazardous, into individual
circumstances, and offer such direct assistance as is appropriate. This
assistance may include relocation where this is a practical option, as it
often is. However, some needy cases end tragically rather than happily. A
few attempts at rescue have failed. We are told in Scripture not to treat
this as something strange, but as a simple fulfillment of the work of faith.
But we do know that KAMF is making a difference.
A special appeal
During 2001 US$25,000 was spent on assisting and ameliorating the plight of
around 40 Christadelphians and their families suffering persecution for
their faith. We are facing a dramatic increase in calls for assistance which
has momentarily drained the Fund, hence this special appeal. The need is
Consider these facts
now 319 Christadelphians in seventeen Muslim nations, 124 (39 percent) of
whom were baptized in 2001. Almost all have lost their civil rights, and
are constantly vulnerable to persecution. Many are in hiding.
2,035 Christadelphians in thirty-five additional countries with no
religious freedom. These include communist or former communist regimes,
actively or militantly anti-Christian governments (such as Israel) and
military or authoritarian dictatorships. Of these brothers and sisters,
333 were baptized in 2001.
1,323 baptisms recorded worldwide in the one year period between June 2001
and May 2002. More newly baptized brothers and sisters were welcomed into
the household of faith in central Asia and the Middle East (10 percent)
than in Australia (9 percent), the USA (8 percent), or Britain (8
remarkable is the fact that, of all baptisms from June 2001 to May 2002 in
the one hundred and eighteen (118) countries in which there is an
established indigenous Christadelphian presence, more than a quarter took
place in fifty-three countries where there were no Christadelphians at all
ten years ago: Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, and
the Middle East.
ninety-one countries with under 100 Christadelphians in each, totaling
1,840 brothers and sisters. Surely, the problems of isolation that these
saints in Christ experience should be a matter of earnest prayer on the
part of those of us who have a busy and supportive ecclesial life.
speaks for itself ...
Table 1: Countries with indigenous Christadelphian
(*including house ecclesias)
In one case after another, persecution has tremendous financial impact upon
the persecuted. Typically, before coming to the attention of KAMF, any
savings have been exhausted, usually jobs have been lost and frequently
dwellings have been damaged or our brethren have had to flee their homes.
One reason for establishing the Fund was the discovery that poor, persecuted
brothers and sisters in tragic circumstances are having to borrow or beg aid
from non-Christadelphians sometimes even poorer than themselves. We are
dedicated to helping our persecuted brothers and sisters and their families.
We ask your generous assistance to make this possible.
Where to send funds
The original KAMF was established with a bank in the Cayman Islands. Since
the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, however, international banking
operations have come under much closer scrutiny resulting in changes in bank
practice. For example, the Cayman bank will no longer wire transfer funds
upon the receipt of faxed requests from two KAMF directors. They required
signed letters which sometimes critically delayed the transmission of funds.
As a result of such changes, the fund has been moved to a bank in
southwestern Ontario which is within daily reach of two of the directors.
Even this bank requests the bank account information not be publicly
published, although we are pleased to share it on a private basis with those
making direct donations to the account. Send funds in any currency to KAMF,
P.O. Box 87371, Canton MI 48187, United States of America. Banking
arrangements generously have waived conversion charges on foreign checks.
Bro. Don and Sis. Ellen Styles (USA/Canada), coordinators; Bre. Alan Eyre
(Jamaica); Jim Granter (Australia); Tim Galbraith (India); Duncan Heaster
(Lithuania); Patrick Rodney (Cayman Islands); Stephen Smith (United
Kingdom); Chris Tarry (Netherlands); John Warner (USA).
information is available from
Alan Eyre and Don Styles