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Month: April 2014

Open Doors - Apr 30, 2014

Fishing Of Men With 21st Century ‘Nets’

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Immediately they left their nets and followed him…” Matthew 4: 18-20 […]

Open Doors - Apr 28, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #16 Central African Republic

An Open Doors co-worker shared about a moving experience during a recent trip to CAR: On Sunday, I was invited to preach at the Evangelical Church of the Cooperation in Mbanza-Hoto neighborhood. When we arrived at the church, we were welcomed by the lay-pastor who is also a medical doctor. He treats women who have […]

Open Doors - Apr 21, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #15 Uzbekistan

The authorities in Uzbekistan have tried to intimidate and discourage Christians from meeting together. Christians are fined for holding “illegal” church services. In order to hold a church service, it is necessary to have permission from the government. Many churches have been waiting for years for a permit, but in the last ten years, no […]

Open Doors - Apr 18, 2014

Core Value: Being There

Have you ever wondered why the immeasurable things in life are the very things that mean the most to you? The special moments that fill the years. The friend showing up and listening during the hard times. The love shared between two souls. These are all things that we cannot measure with inches, miles or […]

Open Doors - Apr 16, 2014

What Happened In Egypt After 200 Christian Buildings Were Destroyed…

Last August, many of you partnered with us to support Egyptian Christians who had their homes, churches and other buildings destroyed in a series of anti-Christian attacks. Because of your help, we were able to help many of these Christians rebuild their lives. But there is even more good news! Egyptian Christians are seeing thousands […]

Open Doors - Apr 14, 2014

How Are More Muslims Coming To Christ In Iran?

Iran, which ranks 9th on the Open Doors World Watch List, seems like a place where it is impossible for the gospel to flourish. Since Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s warning in 2010 of the ever-expanding influence and numbers of house churches, the treatment of Christians has rapidly worsened. The regime tries to destroy those who reach […]

Open Doors - Apr 14, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #14 Nigeria

Open Doors researcher, Isaac, shares about an encounter which reminded him of the importance of prayer: I left Jos on a Friday to visit three widows of pastors who had been killed by Boko Haram in Yobe State. One of these women, Pauline Yusuf, had been so severely traumatized by watching the gunmen kill her […]

Open Doors - Apr 07, 2014

A Must Read: The Insanity of Obedience

Last year, the book The Insanity of God debuted and impacted the lives of many readers. Author Nik Ripken reflected on his time in Somalia, and what he had learned. He describes one scene in particular where numerous Somalis were lined up to receive food aid, in a line which seemed to last forever. These […]

Open Doors - Apr 07, 2014

Interview With “Stefan” From The Middle East

In this interview with “Stefan,” the Open Doors Field Director in the Middle East, we hear an insider view of what God is doing in this region. This interview discusses Egypt, Syria, and Iran.

Open Doors - Apr 07, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #13 Libya

This is a story of an amazing encounter from a Libyan Christian: “Good to hear from you. I am still in Libya, and I am doing very well. I am in the desert some hours away from Tripoli, and I think it is very safe here, praise the Lord”, shares John. “This morning I had […]