Christian Community Development
To continue to shine as lights in their hostile communities, persecuted Christians must be able to live and work in these environments. Because Christians are often marginalized in society, their opportunities for work and education are very minimal. Open Doors is committed to providing trade skills,education and other vocational training help empower Christian communities and provide a context for sharing the love of Christ.
Persecuted Christians are routinely fired from their jobs when they confess a new faith in Jesus Christ or they are discriminated against by not even being allowed to apply for a job.
For this reason Open Doors is committed to bringing tangible help to those who, while sharing our faith, are denied our freedoms.
In 2008, Open Doors helped more than 206,500 people in developing their communities by providing means of livelihood where Christians are often considered second-class citizens and suffer severe economic hardship.
In Muslim countries where Christian women are especially deprived of work opportunities, Open Doors brings hope in the form of vocational training and educational resources that enable these women to help their families survive in the midst of oppression. By learning these marketable job skills, these women not only bless their family, but their Christian community as well.
Supporting persecuted Christians where the need is greatest often means investing in Christian community and education.