Month: November 2013

Open Doors - Nov 27, 2013

Little Sparks of Hope

*Representative photo used to protect identity. Leaving. It’s the only thing many Christians in central-south Iraq can think about. With the sounds of exploding bombs resounding in their ears and the images of rockets landing in their bedrooms, they feel like there is not much left to stay for. Many of them are leaving the […]

Open Doors - Nov 25, 2013

555 Challenge Week #46 Colombia

*Representative photo used to protect identity. On February 12th 2011, Aira’s 9-year-old daughter and her husband, Maximiliano Suarez, (who was a pastor of a local church) were killed. The murder has left the family grief-stricken; the pain of the absence sometimes gets greater, other times it’s gone. The surviving family members have participated in trauma […]

Open Doors - Nov 22, 2013

A Doctor Learns About Persecution in Mexico

*Representative photo used to protect identity. A young volunteer doctor who joined Open Doors Mexico’s latest medical brigade in July felt indignation and was surprised to learn about persecution for the first time. In Chiapas, Mexico, religious persecution has historically been a norm. Harassment, evictions, and property damage are often occurrences, unfortunately. He later blogged […]

Open Doors - Nov 20, 2013

The Gospel Keeps Me Free In Jail

Thirty months after tribal rulers ordered his imprisonment under false attempted murder and theft charges, Jaime remains locked in a maximum-security prison full of murderers, thieves, and drug-traffickers eager to force him to take part into their criminal schemes. Their plight began when Jaime found himself on the wrong side of indigenous politics in his […]

Open Doors - Nov 18, 2013

555 Challenge Week #44 Tajikistan

*Representative photo used to protect identity. Open Doors estimates the number of Christians at slightly more than 1% of the population. Officially, there is freedom of religion, but on a local level, people who become Christians face threats, beatings, arson attacks and other forms of persecution from mullahs, local authorities, neighbors and relatives. Tajik identity […]

Open Doors - Nov 18, 2013

555 Challenge Week #45 Indonesia

*Representative photo used to protect identity. Born into a devout Muslim family, Erna* grew up learning the Quran in East Java, Indonesia. “Since I was in elementary school, the reason for me to read the Quran was so that I could understand the religion better,” claims Erna. Erna said that religious teachers taught that Islam […]

Open Doors - Nov 15, 2013

US Declares Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Group

Earlier this week, the United States State Department announced that it has designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Boko Haram has links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahreb (AQIM,) and is responsible for thousands of deaths in its efforts to rid northern Nigeria of its Christian testimony, and impose Islamic law. Ansaru is […]

Open Doors - Nov 13, 2013

Teaching Bethlehem Believers

How can you equip young believers that want to serve the church in a non-Christian area ripped apart by conflict? Grace, a teacher from Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) shares with us about her work and experience doing just that: The first month of this semester has already passed at BBC. In one of my spirituality […]

Open Doors - Nov 08, 2013

Does Paying For A Persecuted Christian’s Fines Do More Harm Than Good?

When we hear the stories, we are prompted to act, and we jump into action. Oftentimes, however, we are prompted more by what our hearts are telling us, and we do not consider how the receiving party will be affected. This is often the case in Central Asia with outrageous fines being placed upon Christians […]

Open Doors - Nov 05, 2013

The Power Of Prayer- Evangelism In Spite Of Persecution

In 2011, Francis Namukubalo, a Ugandan evangelist, was brutally murdered by several Muslim extremists. Francis was a Muslim Background Believer, and these men did not approve of him evangelizing in their region. Two of the people involved in the murder were some of his closest friends. The murder left his wife widowed, alone to raise […]