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Month: May 2014

Open Doors - May 29, 2014

A Mother’s Prayer

Alina works as a head teacher in a Central Asian middle school. She became a believer about seven years ago and is the mother of four children, three of them in school. Currently, teachers in their school harass them for their faith by not allowing them to mention that they are Christians and by forcing […]

Open Doors - May 27, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #20 Turkmenistan

A group of about six officials – two of them in police uniforms – raided Begjan Shirmedov’s home in Dashoguz, Turkmenistan. They arrived during a house church meeting, attended by about 15 church members. The officials told them that religious activity without state registration is illegal. The believers replied that they have been attempting to […]

Open Doors - May 27, 2014

Captive In Iran

Is it ever a struggle to remember to pray for God’s persecuted church? Sometimes prayer can seem passive, and we can be tempted to believe that we are not doing much. But prayer can change lives- especially the lives of persecuted Christians… believers like Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. Many Christians around the world joined […]

Open Doors - May 21, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #18 Vietnam

A local believer named Tien and his family were forced to leave their house in south Vietnam in December. The property belonged to the local company that Tien worked for, as the company provided housing benefits to its employees. Prior to December, a district official confronted Tien about the birthday party he organized at his […]

Open Doors - May 21, 2014

When Darkness is Light

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be […]

Open Doors - May 19, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #19 Qatar

The Top Ten Things To Know About Qatar: The largest group of Christians in Qatar are migrant workers from countries like the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Many of them live in labor camps. They work from the early morning to late at night, sometimes seven days a week. After work, they return […]

Open Doors - May 19, 2014

Encountering True Purity

Warning: The following contains some graphic information about the treatment of women in Egypt. In many of the countries on our World Watch List, women are consistently treated as second-class citizens. There are many cultural traditions and practices that keep them in this role. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one such practice. It is common […]

Open Doors - May 15, 2014

Unexpected Grace For Nigerian Widow

Grace is a 26-year-old woman from northern Nigeria. The dark purple dress she wore on the day we met illuminated her sad and piercing brown eyes. She had only been married for a year and a half when she lost her husband in an attack by Boko Haram. Boko Haram is the Islamic extremist group […]

Open Doors - May 08, 2014

Send Prayers and Encouragement To The Families of the Nearly 300 Girls Kidnapped In Nigeria

On Monday April 14th, at around 10pm, suspected members of Boko Haram swooped into Chibok, northern Nigeria, in seven Toyota pick-up trucks. Some of the attackers set government and other buildings ablaze, but others went to the senior secondary school where they overpowered the security guards before herding nearly 300 of the female students – […]

Open Doors - May 08, 2014

Mother’s Day In Nigeria

Your gifts are impacting the lives of mothers facing unspeakable persecution for their faith   As we celebrate Mother’s Day, it is often a time of joy and celebration. But this Mother’s Day as we give thanks for our own mothers there are countless mothers around the world sacrificing everything to follow Christ. Esther from […]