Open Doors with Brother Andrew, Inc. is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations made to the organization are tax-deductible. At Open Doors, stewardship is an integral part of everything we do, because we recognize that every resource entrusted to us can transform the lives of persecuted Christians. In 2012, millions of Bibles and training materials have been delivered to children, families and communities in need.
Open Doors is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. To check up on us, please feel free to view our 2012 Annual Financial Report, 990 Form, and our Audited Financial Statements Report.
We believe to strengthen and equip the body of Christ living under or facing restriction and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage their involvement in world evangelism by providing Bibles, literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development, and intercessory prayer.
BIBLE AND LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION
In 2012, Open Doors continued its commitment to placing Bibles and other biblical literature into the hands of the persecuted Church. We have never wavered from our commitment to the principle that the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to do the work of God in the hearts and minds of people. Over 2.4 million Bibles, study materials, and children's curricula were delivered to waiting hands and hearts in 2012.
In the Middle East, over 830,000 Bibles and study materials were distributed while in Africa 50,000 children received their own Bible from Open Doors. One Nigerian boy joyfully exclaimed "now that I have my own Bible I can read it anytime I want!" In Egypt, where Christ-followers are facing increased persecution, Open Doors brought critical assistance with the distribution of more than 160,000 Bibles. In Central Asia, Christian coloring books produced by Open Doors in several native languages were distributed to thousands of children who were introduced to the stories of the Bible for the first time.
The delight of owning a Bible was dramatically felt in the words of a young Sri Lankan student whose seminary career had never included a Bible of his own until Open Doors gave him one. "My Study Bible has helped me understand Bible passages better," he shared. "Especially those I preach about on a Sunday."
LEADERSHIP AND PASTORAL TRAINING
The conviction that the church is only as strong as its leadership has been a driving value at Open Doors since the beginning. In 2012, over 219,000 church leaders received assistance from Open Doors through seminars offering training in theology, teaching the Bible, leadership, perseverance through trial, discipleship and counseling.
Open Doors took advantage of opportunities in the Middle East to introduce a Trauma Counseling Training course called Captivity and Release. With imprisonment becoming a daily reality in many areas, this training course addresses the unique needs of those who survive the miseries of confinement, interrogation and even torture. Through these sessions church leaders are equipped to come alongside those who are being overwhelmed with waves of despair and spiritual emptiness. We are seeing many find physical, emotional and spiritual healing, and restoration.
Where persecution is rampant, the only hope is a strong biblical foundation and through people-to-people training Open Doors continues to see this hope grow among those whose faith in Christ can mean the reality of daily persecution.
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Often the broader effects of religious persecution go unrecognized by those whose only contact with the persecuted church comes through stories of imprisonment and torture. But many more suffer being ostracized from their neighbors and ruthlessly prevented from making a living, gaining education for their children, and even getting the basic necessities of life.
In 2012 Open Doors served more than 207,000 people through community development projects designed to provide job training, educational opportunities, financial support, church restoration, and medical assistance.
In Egypt, 29,500 Christ-followers found themselves in immediate and desperate need. Open Doors was there to help, both spiritually and with the provision of daily essentials. In Central Asia, a young couple was forced from their jobs when the authorities found a Bible in their home. Open Doors stepped in to help them purchase enough livestock to begin a small farm that, under the blessing of God, now supports the family as well as a local church. The wife declared "Helping us in this way gives us wings to continue! Thank you for making all this possible."
PRAYER, PRESENCE AND ADVOCACY MINISTRIES
Open Doors has always been about being with those who follow Christ at great personal cost. We are privileged to share their suffering, learn from their courage, and champion their cause. In all this, prayer stands at the beginning, at the end, and everywhere in between. Through our prayers God builds His heart in us even as He moves miraculously in the lives of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters.
Through our commitment to being with people we have the privilege of reminding them that they are loved by God, and by our prayer partners around the world. They are not forgotten. Our worldwide teams are actively sharing the grace and truth of Christ with the widows, orphans and prisoners, reminding them that the valley of death can't derail the love and provision of our Savior.
The Persecuted Church remains strong, and we are advocating for them at the highest levels of government, using every means possible to promote justice and mercy. Yet, our strongest weapon remains the faithful, heart-felt, and informed prayers of God's people, as we intercede for those who share our faith but not our freedom.
DOWNLOADABLE REPORTS & AUDIT FORMS
2012 AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS REPORT
2012 ANNUAL REPORT
2012 990 FORM