Month: January 2014

Open Doors - Jan 27, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #3 Syria

Hanna is a Christian woman living in Damascus with her husband and two young daughters. In spite of the war, she and her family have chosen to remain in Syria, where she works at a local school. She shares what daily life is like in Damascus: It’s snowing in Damascus now. It’s rare that it […]

Open Doors - Jan 23, 2014

Pray Alongside the Women of Laos

*Representative photo used to protect identity. Although marginalized and looked down upon in some countries, women often have a surprisingly important voice within their families. They’re the ones instilling values into their children, and husbands often take their wives opinions into consideration. When a wife and mother places her faith in Jesus, it can be […]

Open Doors - Jan 22, 2014

The World Watch List In the News

Watch the latest video at The Open Doors World Watch List launched earlier this month, and some major news outlets like Fox News, Huffington Post, Reuters and others have taken note. The amount of people martyred for their faith has doubled since last year and 2/3 of the countries on the World Watch List […]

Open Doors - Jan 22, 2014

Let Your Light Shine, Egypt!

On fire. Bold. Young. These are words that describe the current church in Egypt. They are in love with Jesus, and desire to make His name known. With its strategic geographical location in the Middle East, Egyptian believers have the potential to be world changers in this unstable time. An Egyptian Christian and father shares […]

Open Doors - Jan 22, 2014

Literacy Draws Woman to Christ

¬†Ever wonder about the real lives and people that are being affected through Open Doors’ literacy programs? Here we meet Zohra*, a woman from Bangladesh whose life was forever changed by the opportunity to learn to read, and ultimately, read about the One who created her.¬† My name is Zohra, and I am 30 years […]

Open Doors - Jan 21, 2014

Central African Republic: Conditions at Refugee Camps “Shocking-

Christians gathered for worship on Jan 12, in the refugee camp at CAR’s Bangui Airport. An Open Doors (OD) co-worker reported joining them for worship and communion in the midst of appalling conditions. He witnessed firsthand the desperate circumstances that aid agencies, including the UN humanitarian agency, have been reporting from CAR. The UN humanitarian […]

Open Doors - Jan 21, 2014

South Sudan in Turmoil

Less than three years after South Sudan voted for independence, a power struggle is rocking the world’s youngest nation, resulting in extensive fighting since Dec 15. According to Al-Jazeera, the conflict between forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and a coalition of army defectors and ethnic militia loyal to Riek Machar, has already […]

Open Doors - Jan 21, 2014

Bomb Scare for Congregation in Mali

Disaster was narrowly averted for a local congregation in Gao, Mali, on Jan 12, when military personnel patrolling the area that Sunday morning discovered explosives behind one of the doors of their meeting place. After police ushered frightened parishioners to safety, French army personnel were able to safely diffuse the devices. In 2012, Mali seemed […]

Open Doors - Jan 21, 2014

Alimjan Yimiti Physically Unwell

Alimjan Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian imprisoned in China, is reportedly ill, though his exact medical condition is unknown. The former house church leader was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years in prison for allegedly “instigating separatism and revealing state secrets.” Those close to the case maintain that he was imprisoned because of his Christian faith […]

Open Doors - Jan 17, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #2 Somalia

After many years of anarchy, elections last September paved the way for greater stability and growth in Somalia. The decreased violence, coupled with increased successes in the internationally supported fight to drive out al Shabaab Islamist insurgents, greatly improved the atmosphere in Somalia. This did not necessarily bring freedom for the church, but it did […]