2020 Annual Report

Who can be against us?

A year in review

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all —how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

Romans 8:31-33

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all —how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

Romans 8:31-33

No one will ever forget 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was a generation-defining event for all of us.

For persecuted Christians, the crisis crystallized how dangerous it can be to follow Jesus. Christians were passed over for government relief during the pandemic; they were blamed for COVID-19; they were attacked violently in the midst of lockdowns; they starved because their villages withheld help.

But for so many persecuted Christ-followers:
You were there.

The Bible teaches when God is for us, who can be against us? And through your gifts and prayers, you’ve shown that truth to Christians around the world.

Thank you.

One story shows the situation for Christians in 2020.

Mahesh Gharti* is a Christian convert who lives with his wife and children in Nepal. He lost his job because of the pandemic, and simultaneously the government demolished his home in order to expand a road. There were many other people running petty shops in the same area but only his house was demolished since he was the only Christian. After that, he stayed at his relative’s house for some months.

Since Mahesh lost both his home and his job, his family went through a very difficult situation during the pandemic. Open Doors partners helped Mahesh by providing him and his family groceries to cope with the crisis, as well as supporting the family in constructing a house.

“My family was in a difficult situation with no income sources and a place to live in in that pandemic situation,” Mahesh says. “We were praying and keeping our hope on God. As an answer to our prayers, we were provided with grocery items. Also, our house was built through the support of the organization. Thus, I am very grateful to God as well as the organization for standing with us and sharing our burden.”

Through your gifts, Mahesh’s story was repeated for Christians around the world. Here’s what you did:

2020 by the


*Results shown are for Open Doors Worldwide


Bibles and other Christian materials were distributed


people benefited from socio-economic development help


people were helped with biblical training

These numbers don’t tell the whole story, of course.

Just like everything in 2020, our work looked a little bit different. Some countries stopped all travel, or made it difficult to move from place to place; but the needs of persecuted believers didn’t slow down. We moved some training online—and used video calls instead of in-person visits. Regardless, we did everything we could to carry out our mission: support Christians everywhere, showing we are all part of one Church, and one Family.

A major part of our ministry in 2020 was COVID relief. When the pandemic impacted already-vulnerable Christians, we urgently reached out to you for your help. And you answered our call in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Praise God, here’s what you did for Christians grappling with the pandemic

“On behalf of all the Christians here, I would like to thank all of the supporters. We are so grateful for the help, for remembering to pray and help us. May God continue to bless you and use your lives for His kingdom.”

— Thao*, church leader in Vietnam

Covid-19 Relief

29,000 families

in sub-Saharan Africa

200,000 people


(Middle East North Africa)

283,000 people

in Asia

“God truly bless you for your care and concern even though we are strangers!”

— a believer in Uganda

A snapshot of persecution in 2020

Over 340 Million

Christians live in areas where they may experience high levels of persecution or discrimination


Christians were unjustly arrested or imprisoned


Christians were abducted for faith-related reasons


churches or Christian buildings were attacked


Christians were killed for their faith

“Because of the lockdown, I can’t earn any money. I’m also involved in part-time ministry, which I can’t do either now. We were facing starvation. But suddenly you brought us food! Now we can survive for at least one month.”

—Arun*, a Christian in India


Income & Revenue*




Books & Ministry products


Other revenue, PPP loan forgiveness and classifications

Total support and revenue


*Financial results shown are for Open Doors USA only

Resources Utilized


Public awareness and motivation




Socio-economic development


Bible and literature distribution


Research and advocacy
Total Program Expenditures


Organization Expenses





Total Expenses


net assets as of 12/31/2020


Open Doors
Board of Directors

Daisy Szabo


Roger Spoelman

Vice Chair

David Curry

President & CEO (Ex Officio)

Bruce Dingman


Francesca Fajinmi


Tim Kachuriak


Michelle Sanchez


Nathaniel Spoelman


Get involved

If you want to help persecuted Christians around the world, one of the best ways to do so is by joining Open Doors’ Frontline Partner monthly giving program. When you join the Frontline Partner program, you’ll be part of the largest on-the-ground network of support for persecuted Christians in the world.

By giving monthly, you can provide your persecuted family with critical support and emergency relief—everything from Bibles to safe houses to medicine to legal aid. Your monthly gift makes it possible for Open Doors to respond immediately to urgent needs, and to provide sustainable support for Christians who need long-term help.

Becoming a Frontline Partner is the most significant thing you can do to help Christians facing persecution for their faith. Learn more by clicking here ODUSA.org/FLP.

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