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Month: March 2014

Open Doors - Mar 31, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #12 Eritrea

A few months ago, the 25th known Christian prisoner died in Eritrea. Wehazit Berhane Debesai was a Christian woman in her thirties. The exact day of her death is unknown, but it was discovered that she died of pneumonia after facing harsh prison conditions and denial of medical treatment because she refused to renounce her […]

Open Doors - Mar 29, 2014

A Look Inside ODUSA

Have you ever wondered, “Who works at Open Doors?” Oftentimes, our focus is largely upon highlighting our brothers and sisters throughout the world facing daily persecution, and how we can best be praying for them. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of our staff members who had the opportunity to visit with […]

Open Doors - Mar 24, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #11 Sudan

Moses* was born to a successful Muslim businessman in Sudan. As a young man, he helped his father run the business. Sadly, the father died when he was 16 years old. Moses’ mother remarried after a short while, and he was sent to a state-run school for ‘problematic’ young people. Here, Moses faced disciplining and […]

Open Doors - Mar 21, 2014

A Prayer From A North Korean Christian Just Before Going Back To His Country

Often we hear about people attempting to flee North Korea…. and for good reasons. North Korea holds the #1 spot on the World Watch List of the countries where Christians face the most persecution. Life is difficult for all North Koreans, but Christians are especially targeted, as they are seen as a threat to the […]

Open Doors - Mar 19, 2014

Costly Faith

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 Vietnam is a place of challenge, and of hope- ranking #18 on the World Watch List. Drug addiction, AIDS and prostitution are just a few examples of […]

Open Doors - Mar 17, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #10 Yemen

North Yemen and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen united in 1990 to form modern-day Yemen, and the country has had a violent history from day one. In theory, Yemen is a democracy, but in practice, it isn’t. The country has four official churches, three Catholic and one Anglican church for the several hundreds of […]

Open Doors - Mar 14, 2014

The Amazing Impact of One Bible

The year was 1981. A young man in China named Brother Lee had been praying for his own Bible every day for three years. One night, on a secluded beach in southern China, his prayer was answered. That night, Open Doors delivered one million Bibles by sea during a highly covert operation called Project Pearl. […]

Open Doors - Mar 13, 2014

Tanzanian Woman Finds Joy In Witnessing

Eva’s incredible strength and passion for Christ has grown out of her struggle for survival. Rejected by both Muslim parents, she was taken in by a pastor’s wife, and converted to Christianity at age 14. After being forced by a crowd of her Muslim neighbors to urinate on the Quran, she was sentenced to two […]

Open Doors - Mar 12, 2014

A Special Kind of ‘Coffee Shop’

While Islam has much cultural prominence, and terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, seem to be thriving in the Arabian Peninsula, there are countless stories of how receptive Muslims are to the gospel. You can find great examples of this in Which None Can Shut, which highlights remarkable true stories of how God is opening doors […]

Open Doors - Mar 11, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #9 Iran

According to reports obtained by Mohabat News, the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in its ongoing oppressive and intimidating anti-Christian campaign targeting Christian leaders and pastors of Iranian churches, sentenced Rev. Vruir Avanessian, an ordained Iranian minister of Armenian heritage, to 3 ‘ years in prison. Based on official court documents obtained […]