Maizah* will never forget the night she was crying in her room when she felt someone touch her feet. She looked up and saw a man shining like light, and felt happiness in His presence.
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” the man said. Then He was gone.
Two weeks later, civil war erupted in Libya, Maizah’s home country. When bombs started falling close to home, Maizah and her family fled to Egypt.
There, Maizah met a neighbor, who was a Christian woman. After telling her about the man in her bedroom, the woman showed Maizah a Bible, and Jesus’ words in the Book of John:
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”
After spending some time with her new Christian friend, Maizah felt ready to accept Jesus. A short time later, the conflict in Libya subsided and Maizah and her family returned home. But attending a church in Libya is usually impossible for Libyans. The official churches are only allowed for foreign Christians.
Through the help of the Christian friend she had met in Egypt, Maizah connected with other Egyptian Christians living in Libya. They met once a week to talk and pray together. But then the members of her church community were arrested, and word got back to Maizah that her name was known to local authorities. She was told, “The police are searching for you.”
One night, as Maizah stepped into her living room, she was immediately surrounded by strange men with long beards.
“All of them stood up and grabbed me. One of them hit me with his fist in my face … They kept on hitting me,” says Maizah. Finally, she was forced to sit on the couch while the men shouted verses from the Quran at her.
The leader of the group told Maizah, “Your name is on a list of people who should be killed.”
Miraculously, Maizah managed to escape. She found refuge in a safe house for girls and women and eventually fled the country, but she still lives in fear that someone will find her and come after her.
Around the world, people living in Muslim-majority areas and other countries are encountering Jesus—and giving their hearts to Christ. But many lack access to God’s Word to strengthen their faith.
Maizah was amazed to read the very words spoken to her by the “man shining like light,” and was thankful when her Egyptian friend showed her who Jesus is in the pages of the Bible.
But attending a church is nearly impossible for Libyans. There, most Christians must worship in secret. So Maizah relied on her Bible for encouragement and strength throughout her ordeal:
“It was Jesus who talked to me all the time through reading the Bible,” Maizah shares.
Persecuted Christians like Maizah are suffering immensely for their faith all over the world. And they are crying out for God’s Word. But many are coming to know the truth of Jesus through other courageous believers, like the Egyptian Christian who shared the Bible with Maizah.
Today, we believe God is calling us to provide believers with much-needed Bibles—along with the training to read Scripture, preach from it and tell others about Jesus!
Your response is critical to help meet the massive demand. Thankfully, God has provided a massive opportunity …
A friend of the ministry is convinced that providing Bibles and discipleship materials to persecuted believers is absolutely vital. To show that, they have given $20,000 as a challenge to others. Every $7 you give today can help one Christian with a Bible and discipleship materials. Please give generously!
People are hearing the message of hope and desiring to know more about the God who loves and cares for them in the midst of their suffering.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to reach persecuted Christians with Bibles and discipleship resources. We must equip our hurting brothers and sisters with God’s Word to give them courage and strength when they need them the most.
For over 60 years, Open Doors has served the persecuted Church with absolute financial integrity. Providing emergency resources and long-term support to help our suffering brothers and sisters stand strong in their faith and empower them to advance the gospel in the midst of their trials and tribulations.
We believe your generosity is a sacred trust. And we’re dedicated to being faithful stewards while providing on-the-ground support to persecuted Christians in some of the most difficult areas of the world to believe in Jesus.
Serving and strengthening persecuted Christians worldwide is the legacy of Open Doors —motivating, mobilizing and educating the Body of Christ in the West to reach out to our suffering brothers and sisters.
Open Doors is a splendid organization that has, for more than five decades, provided unselfish leadership in ministry to those around the world who suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ.
I have deep appreciation for Open Doors, and all the ways they are coming alongside the Church in some of the darkest places in the world.