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Month: February 2014

Open Doors - Feb 28, 2014

Police Invade Discipleship Class

Imagine facing daily threats of imprisonment and threats of expulsion. These are pressures that Christians in three provinces in northern Laos have been struggling with for the past three months. James 1:-4 says, “…for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be […]

Open Doors - Feb 26, 2014

Urgent: Prayers Needed For Nigeria

Please pray for the situation in Yobe, where another Boko Haram attack has left an estimated 100 or more students dead. Sources told Open Doors that as many as 100 students of the Federal Government College in Gujba village (near Damaturu in Yobe State) may have died on Monday night, when suspected Boko Haram members […]

Open Doors - Feb 24, 2014

We Need Your Prayers for Bangladesh

“Prayer is a wartime walkie talkie for spiritual warfare, not a domestic intercom to increase the comforts of the saints” John Piper Why pray? Isn’t God all-knowing? He definitely is. We pray to not increase God’s knowledge (if that were even possible), but we do so to have fellowship with Him and to live the […]

Open Doors - Feb 24, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #7 Maldives

The Maldives boasts of having a 100% Muslim population, and is the only country in the world which requires all citizens to be Muslim. For this reason, there are very few Christians, and it is one of the only countries that is too dangerous to share stories from. Even if elements of a story are […]

Open Doors - Feb 21, 2014

A Heart for Her Own People

As you read statistics and see charts, do you ever wonder where the life is within it all? It is easy to see the ranks on our World Watch List, and not be moved by the numbers alone. This is normal. We were not created to be moved by percentages or graphs, but rather, souls. […]

Open Doors - Feb 18, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #6 Saudi Arabia

The open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden Saudi Arabia, and conversion to another faith is punishable by death. Here are a few examples of persecution in Saudi Arabia: A Saudi court in Al Khobar sentenced a Lebanese man to 6 years in prison and 300 lashes on charges of trying to […]

Open Doors - Feb 14, 2014

“What Do You Want Me To Do For You?-

*Representative photo used to protect identity. Communism, deep spiritual allegiance and persecution are all challenges that Christians in Vietnam face. It is a mainly Buddhist country (52.48%), with a population of over 90 million people. Vietnam is ranked #18 on the Open Doors World Watch List, which is three spots up from its ranking in […]

Open Doors - Feb 13, 2014

Growing Faith: Letter Writing Campaigns

When Daniel, a student from Oregon, heard about our letter writing campaigns, he was instantly hooked. His faith has been strengthened through his experience connecting with the persecuted church through letters. He had a project to do for school, and he found a way to incorporate letter writing into it. Here, Daniel shares his experience […]

Open Doors - Feb 10, 2014

What Would Your Life Be Like In The Top 10 Countries?

Imagine walking to Bible study, constantly looking over your shoulder to ensure you aren’t being followed. Imagine getting ready for church, knowing that nearly 300 churches have been attacked in your country. Imagine knowing that not only you, but your parents, your children and your grandchildren have been sentenced to life in a prison camp […]

Open Doors - Feb 10, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #5 Afghanistan

“When Satan fell to earth, he fell in Kabul.” This saying is sadly heard all too often in Afghanistan. Life in war-torn Afghanistan is hell on earth for many of its citizens. And for Christians, it’s even worse’ All Afghan Christians come from a Muslim background. If it becomes known that someone has converted to […]