2021 Annual Report

More precious than gold

A year in review

... you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (ESV)

... you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (ESV)

Thank you for helping in 2021

Your support made all the difference for persecuted Christians

As the world came out of the COVID-19 pandemic—and some places still endured the costs of the virus—persecution against God’s people soared. We all watched in horror as the Taliban retook Afghanistan; as northern Nigeria endured attack after attack from Islamic extremists; as millions of Jesus followers faced perseuction and discrimination for their faith.

And yet, God wasn’t silent. He wasn’t unaware. And faith grew. The faith of God’s persecuted followers is more precious than gold. And through your support, you helped it shine.

Thank you for never forgetting your sisters and brothers who suffer for following Jesus. You help them be resilient in faith, showing the world that God hasn’t forgotten any of His people.

In 2021, you helped persecuted Christians realize how big the Church really is

As Kouroush walks around the building, he’s clearly proud of how he and his church turned the empty floor into a welcoming place of rest. The facility has a training room that doubles as a church on Sundays, a cafe with a cozy reading nook and a fully stacked kitchen. “We gather here for training, Bible study and to meet each other over tea,” Kouroush explains. This center is much more than a gathering place: It’s a refuge.

The center is intended to be a first stop for Iranian believers after they have fled Iran, a country in which Christianity is largely underground. When Christian converts are caught in Iran, they are often given a choice: Flee, or be sent to prison for an indefinite time period. And so, many cross the border to Turkey. But while Turkey is a safe place to live, life as a refugee is hard and Iranians often feel disoriented and alone.

This was Kouroush’s story, too. So he decided to do something about it. And hence, this center was born, thanks to your gifts and prayers. It’s already changing lives. “We don’t only offer a safe place for believers,” Kouroush says. “We also give them opportunities to satisfy their hunger for the gospel and break chains [in] doing so.”

And Kouroush is so thankful for your support. “We don’t know each other,” he says, “but, because we all follow Christ, we are connected.”

Through your gifts, stories like Kouroush’s happened around the world. Here’s what you did:

2021 by the numbers


Bibles and other Christian materials were distributed


people benefited from socio-economic development help


people were helped with biblical training

*Results shown are for Open Doors Worldwide

Numbers aren’t the only story. It’s also about faith and hope

When Open Doors began planning for 2021, it was hard to know what the world would be like. Our work was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020—closed borders and tightened restrictions made it difficult to rely on strategies that had carried our mission forward for decades. So, we took a conservative approach, planning to do everything we could to reach as many people as we could in the new reality.

But God had other plans.

Instead of the 4.6 million people that Open Doors planned to serve in 2021, the actual number helped was nearly 6.2 million. That’s 34% more than we expected to serve during the year.

Praise God. And thank you.

"Thank you for making it possible for us to stay here and make a living, so we can continue telling more people about Christ."

— Abda*, A believer
in the Horn of Africa

Here’s who you helped in 2021


believers in sub-Saharan Africa


believers in MENA

(Middle East North Africa)


believers in Asia


believers in Latin America

“I thank our Christian brethren who supported us. May God bless them and grant them long life.”

— Gemila, Koudougou, Burkina Faso

A snapshot of persecution in 2021

Over 360 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

“This morning, God spoke to me through Bible verses, and now all I can do is to follow His commands. Thank you always for your prayers and sacrifice for the sake of us. We pray that God’s greatest peace will be with you all.”

—Yong-Gi*, A North Korean believer


Income & Revenue

Total support and revenue*




Other revenue, PPP loan forgiveness and classifications



Books & Ministry products

*Financial results shown are for Open Doors USA only

Total program services


Public Awareness and Motivation


Socio-economic development




Bible and literature distribution


Research and advocacy


Organization Expenses





Total Expenses


net assets as of 12/31/2021


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.

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