Talk radio personality and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck announced Monday a new CEO for The Nazarene Fund as well as a new mandate and mission for the nonprofit that rescues and provides aid to persecuted Christians.
"We are going to cut the heart of darkness," Beck said. "We will change the world."
Beck named Tim Ballard of California as The Nazarene Fund's new CEO. The fund will also be charting a new course and doubling down on its fight against persecution and slavery, according to Beck, by eliminating geographic boundaries and not focusing on single conflicts.
Ballard is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). O.U.R. supports law enforcement agencies around the world in the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been kidnapped, trafficked and otherwise exploited. He also worked as a special agent for the Department of Homeland Security for more than 10 years. He was an undercover operator assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Beck set a goal to raise $25 million in the next 12 months to help stop the persecution of Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities throughout the world.
New mission: To liberate the captive, to free the enslaved, and to rescue, rebuild and restore the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious and ethnic minorities wherever and whenever they are in need.
Since the start of the organization in 2015, it has been focused on assisting persecuted Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East, specifically those affected by the Islamic State war.
The group has raised more than $18 million and provided the following assistance:
• Emergency humanitarian aid to 35,000 people
• Resettled 5,462 people from Christian and Yazidi refugee camps
• Evacuated more than 7,600 Christian and Yazidi refugees and helped them settle into new host countries
• Funded 117 projects from building churches, schools, and medical clinics
• Sponsored the rescue of 100 Christian and Yazidi women and children captured and enslaved by the Islamic State and reunited them with their families
Beck invites everyone to join The Nazarene Fund.
"Wherever there is persecution, we will bring comfort," Beck wrote on the Nazarene Fund's website. "Wherever there is slavery, we will bring liberation and wherever hope has died, we will resurrect it!"