Month: September 2013

Open Doors - Sep 30, 2013

The 5-5-5 Challenge: What Life Is Like As A Christian In Azerbaijan

Censorship of religious materials is highly restrictive in Azerbaijan. All religious materials (literature, audio and video) produced in and imported into Azerbaijan must receive special approval from the State Committee, which also decides on the number of copies each title may be printed or imported. In December 2011, Criminal Code Article 167-2 specified this in […]

Open Doors - Sep 26, 2013

Q & A With An Open Doors Co-worker In Kenya On The Recent Terrorist Attack

As many of us watched the horrific attack in Kenya unfold, we were unsure of what had happened to the seemingly peaceful Kenya. Now, we wonder what this means for the future of Kenya, and especially Christians there. The following is an interview with one of our field workers in the region, about all that […]

Open Doors - Sep 25, 2013

The New China- How Things Have Changed For Christians In China

“Everything you have heard about China is true.” I love this quote… despite sounding rather ironic, it rings true- what might be happening in one region isn’t happening in another. China is a very large country with over 1.3 billion people, 23 provinces and multiple different languages. The main cities greatly differ from the rural […]

Open Doors - Sep 23, 2013

The 5-5-5 Challenge: What Life Is Like As A Christian In China

Chinese Christians are sharing their faith on Weibo, China’s giant, state-regulated, social network and some are beginning to challenge the censorship by speaking out against religious persecution. When Christian band Rainbow Come appeared on China’s equivalent of “The X Factor,” Christians turned to social networking to drum up votes for the band so their music […]

Open Doors - Sep 20, 2013

What Would You Do If Your City Was At Risk Of Being Under Sharia Law?

Christians living in areas where Sharia law is implemented face extreme persecution. Sharia law is a fundamental Islamic law that influences many aspects of everyday life with legal punishments. Their faith is illegal, and some of them risk honor killings if it is discovered that they are Christians. It would be very difficult to live […]

Open Doors - Sep 19, 2013

Why Help Christians In Syria And The Middle East?

“The Lord has been preparing the church for this day… it’s our time now to really do the work of the church.” -Pastor Edward, Damascus The Middle East has been flooding the headlines in recent weeks- with news of violence, protests and people being displaced. But one group seems to be neglected in all of […]

Open Doors - Sep 17, 2013

Please Pray- Prominent Christian Leader Falsely Accused Of Guerrilla Affiliation

A pamphlet produced by the ultra-rightist criminal band Los Urabes, has falsely accused a prominent Colombian Christian peacemaker of being affiliated with Latin America’s oldest guerrilla insurgency. Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas, Director of the Mennonite church-affiliated foundation, Sowing Seeds of Peace, stands accused of belonging to the 35th Front of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of […]

Open Doors - Sep 17, 2013

The 5-5-5 Challenge: Christian Persecution In The Palestinian Territories

*Representative photo used to protect identity It is always wonderful to hear a praise report- especially in an area that has experienced so much violence over the years. Despite the tension that normally fills this region, God is uniting His church in a powerful way. The following is an amazing account of how a group […]

Open Doors - Sep 13, 2013

Pray For Christians Fleeing Pakistani Village

Photo: World Watch Monitor Dozens of Christian families have been forced to flee from homes in a village near Lahore, Pakistan after a pastor in the village was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad. Pakistan’s controversial ‘Blasphemy Law’ can carry the death penalty if a person is found guilty in a court of law. […]

Open Doors - Sep 12, 2013

A Photographic Journey of the Church in Egypt

World Watch Monitor recently posted the story, “Renewed Day by Day” which moved our hearts. They commissioned Cairo based photographer David Degner to capture how the events of the last few weeks have affected the church in Egypt. Please click on one of the images below, to see a slideshow of these compelling images. Also, […]