Over the years, pastors and other Christian workers in China, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East have faced tremendous persecution. As a result, some suffer physical and mental disabilities, making it difficult to earn a living. The Christian-Martyrs-Fund supports about 442 such pastors and Christian workers, providing them with money for food, clothing, medical needs, and other necessities. In some cases, this program sponsors the widows and children of workers who were martyred for their faith. The program also provides special assistance to believers facing or fleeing persecution.