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RUN Ministries

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RUN Ministries
Formation1990; 31 years ago (1990)
FounderEric Gaius Watt
Legal status501(c)3
PurposeLive rescue and church-planting effort
HeadquartersVirginia Beach, Virginia
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
Iraq, Nepal, Russia, Central Asia, and Africa
ServicesClear language Bible translation into vernacular of tribal and indigenous religious groups served, including peoples of Middle Eastern descent
Methodsfreeing sexual slaves, church building
Official language
English, Arabic, Russian, Farsi, local African languages, etc.
Eric Gaius Watt
Michael Paul Fletcher
Bruce M. Garner
Kay Hiramine, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Key people
Eric Gaius Watt
AffiliationsGrassroots Action, Inc.
Revenue (2018)
Expenses (2018)$4,453.351

RUN Ministries is a rescue and church planting organization[3] founded in 1990 by Eric Watt and which currently operates in Iraq, Nepal, Russia, Africa, and Central Asia. Specifically in Iraq, RUN rescues women who have been sold into sexual slavery, often purchasing their liberation. In 1991, it registered as a 501(c)3 tax-deductible US charity[2], presenting itself as:

An interdenominational mission, RUN subscribes to the Lausanne Covenant and cooperates with Christians around the world to help fulfill the Great Commission. For the past decade God has enabled RUN to equip thousands of first generation Christian leaders from within the 10/40 Window, providing evangelistic media tools, a culturally sensitive discipleship model and practical skills for their ministries to become self-sustaining.

RUN helps build long-term sustainable enterprises (cottage crafts)[citation needed] that financially under-gird and stabilize the work being done among previously unreached or under-reached peoples in order "to bring hope and dignity to those whose lives have been ravaged by spiritual darkness, governmental and religious oppression, and economic poverty." It further evangelizes these liberated persons and hopes to organize them into nondenominational (underground) Christian churches, reputedly in Israel or Turkey.[citation needed] It has rescued children from ISIS/ISIL refugee camps.[4]

Through a process of selection, training, mentoring and capitalization, RUN chooses leaders, helps them design their business plans and sources funding so that work can begin. As the business grows RUN provides ongoing mentoring to insure their kingdom fruitfulness and financial success.

The parent nonprofit organization, Reaching Unreached Nations, Inc. (RUN)[5], has a partner relationship with Grassroots Action, Inc.[6][1], a privately held for-profit Internet services company specializing in citizen-action services, including petitions, activism services, and resource development. Its reported administrative costs are about 12% per year.[2]

See also[edit]

  • 1926 Slavery Convention
  • Abolition of slavery timeline
  • Abolitionism
  • Anti-Slavery Society
  • History of slavery
  • Human trafficking
  • Indemnity
  • Indentured servant
  • Involuntary servitude
  • List of slaves
  • List of slave owners
  • Slave Trade Acts
  • Slavery at common law
  • Slavery in contemporary Africa
  • Slavery in modern Africa
  • Timeline of the civil rights movement
  • United Nations 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery
  • Wife selling


  1. 1.0 1.1 GuideStar profile page for Reaching Unreached Nations, Inc.: Bringing the revelation of God and His kingdom to unreached peoples of the world. Religion, Spiritual Development section.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "2018 Form 990. GuideStar" (PDF).
  3. "RUN Ministries". RUN Ministries.
  4. Driessen, Paul. "- Saving Lives in the Middle East". Townhall.
  5. "RUN Ministries (Accredited Organization Profile) - ECFA.org". www.ecfa.org.
  6. Dun & Bradstreet/Hoovers information profile for Grassroots Action, Inc.

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