History of Open Doors

Open Doors History

1955 BOLD BEGINNINGS

Brother Andrew smuggles Bibles into Eastern Europe for the first time. 

1956 BEETLE DRIVE

The first of many trips to the Soviet Union in Brother Andrew's blue Volkswaen Beetle which was to travel over 200,000 miles.

1955-78 EXPANSION

Open Doors extends its network throughout Eastern Europe and the
Soviet Union and then expands to bring Bibles and encouragement to persecuted Christians. 

1967 GOD'S SMUGGLER PUBLISHED

Brother Andrew's biography, God's Smuggler, becomes one of the best-
selling Christian books of all time.

1978 MIDDLE EAST MINISTRY

Contact with churches in the Middle East begins.

1981 PROJECT PEARL

One million Bibles are delivered to a beach in China in just one night. Time magazine calls is a "bold expedition.”

1982 SEVEN-YEAR PRAYER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Open Doors organises seven years of prayer for the Communist bloc. It ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 - the region is opened to the Gospel and Christian prisoners are released!

1985 PROJECT CROSSFIRE

Five million pieces of literature are distributed in Latin America and thousands of youth are discipled to share their faith in Christ.

1989 TARGET ONE MILLION

Open Doors delivers one million New Testaments to Russia.

1992 PROJECT SAMUEL

One million children in the former Soviet Union get their very first Bibles, many in remote areas.

1992 CHINESE STUDY BIBLE

New Bible for church leaders and evangelists printed and distributed.

1993 BIBLES TO ALBANIA

Brother Andrew presents the President of Albania with the first copy of the full Bible in Albanian. Albania had previously declared itself the world's first atheistic state!

1994 CHINESE CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORYBOOK

Delivery of first print run.

1996 AGAPE STUDY BIBLE in Latin American Spanish

Printed and delivered.

1997 RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AWARD

The World Evangelical Fellowship presents Brother Andrew with the International Religious Liberty Award.

1998 OPERATION DAILY BREAD

Open Doors launches its first relief project: Food and supplies are flown in to remote areas of war-torn southern Sudan. 

1999 FEEDING THE REVIVAL

Open Doors delivers over two million Bibles and Christian study materials to Chinese believers.

2002 OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITY

Open Doors launches a new seven year prayer campaign - this time for China, leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

2005 ADVOCACY PROGRAM

Open Doors USA launches the Advocacy Program so Americans can get involved in helping Christians in other parts of the world.

2006 LOCKED UP

Open Doors launches the Locked Up kit, showing Americans what it is like to be a persecuted Christian. Many church groups use this 12-hour program to understand what many Christians go through in other parts of the world

2008 CHINA OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN

After a seven year campaign, Open Doors focuses on ministering to Chinese Christians during the Olympics 

2010 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE PRESS CONFERENCE

Open Doors teams up with the Museum of Tolerance to bring awareness about Christian persecution in Iraq