"Bringing spiritual, emotional, educational & material aid to Eastern Europe"


LorryWe started out smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. For over 50 years we have strengthened the poor and brought hope to the marginalised.

A single, torn-out Bible page was all a pastor in the USSR had to preach from for seventeen years. Showing this to Mission Without Borders' founders, he challenged them to "put Bibles into Eastern Europeans' empty hands to reach our own people."  And that's exactly what they did.

Underground Evangelism 

From 1960, called Underground Evangelism, we smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. Later, renamed Aid to the Persecuted, we also brought material support to Christians oppressed - and persecuted - under the Soviet Union's atheist, communist regime. 

Political changes

With the collapse of the Iron Curtain, and the disintegration of Cold War barriers, Mission Without Borders (MWB) was born. Our remit was to bring spiritual, emotional, educational and material aid to all those in need, regardless of their belief. Our values are to reach impoverished people and communities for Christ - to bring healing, help and hope as they move towards becoming self-sufficient.

Children in need

When Romanians ousted their communist dictator, Ceausescu, in 1989, the world was shocked to discover thousands of desperately needy children housed in dilapidated orphanages. They suffered greatly - starved not only of food but also love, care and human touch. MWB immediately provided material and educational help. By 1990, to change such children's lives and give them a future, we established our child sponsorship programme.

Families and elderly

Today, we are meeting people's different needs through our continuing work across Eastern Europe. We now support whole families with family sponsorship and help isolated, homeless and elderly people through community care. All programme work is carried out by local nationals and most through local church partners.


Throughout all our current support for the poorest people living in Eastern Europe, we strive to help them become self-sufficient. We therefore offer a range of programmes, from vocational training to agricultural projects, to helping institutionalised children find a better future, and struggling families move towards self-reliance.