Month: June 2014

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

World Watch List Challenge – #25 Colombia

“When I was preparing my sermon for our service, the guerrillas came into the church and started to yell at me,” said Pastor Roberto. “One of them told me that I must leave the region, or I would be killed. I knelt and took my Bible in my arms, and I started to pray while […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 1- Love

Nigeria – The ugly scenes replayed in her mind. Smoke from burning cars and buildings filled her mouth and stung her eyes. Agnes could still see and hear the gunfire and the deadly mob that had rioted, murdering so many, killing her husband. She felt so alone. Having been shunned for becoming Christians, Agnes and […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 2- Joy

Eritrea ‘ The stifling heat, biting lice and fleas were sheer torture for the women packed in the shipping container that was their prison cell. The gospel singer Helen Berhane spent almost three years in a shipping container. In her own words, she tells of the moment she knew the true meaning of joy: “Everyone […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 4- Forbearance

Eritrea – A pastor imprisoned for his faith recently wrote to his wife: “God, by His holy will, has prolonged my prison sentence to five years and four months. I very much long for the day that I will be reunited with you my dear wife, our children and God’s people in the church. “My […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 5- Kindness

Azerbaijan – His family was yelling at him, threatening him. “Your family or Jesus,” they shouted. Shirin had accepted Christ, but now his family was demanding that he make a choice. Was this the way it was supposed to be? In spite of the threats, Shirin chose Jesus, but now, only 15 and all alone […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 12- Peace

Egypt – God establishes peace between His complete holiness and sinful man in a variety of ways. Throughout the Muslim world, Jesus (“the man in white”) has often appeared to seekers in dreams and visions. In Standing Strong Through the Storm, Paul Estabrooks tells us about Achmed, who is married and has four daughters. Coming […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 13- Forbearance

Indonesia – An Open Doors colleague spoke at a Standing Strong Through the Storm seminar. Most of the 800 pastors attending were victims of attacks by Muslims on the island of Ambon. They had lost homes, churches and even family members during these attacks. They were hurt, devastated and needed answers to the challenges they […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 10- Love

Indonesia – The mortar rounds landed in an orphanage run by missionaries. The missionaries and one or two children were killed outright, and several more children were wounded, including an eight year old girl. The medical staff who arrived to help realized that the young girl was the most critically injured. Without quick action, she […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 11- Joy

Ethiopia – The doctor felt helpless with the tiny premature baby whose mother had died in childbirth. There were minimal resources, not even a hot water bottle, to keep the baby warm, and without which the baby would die. They made do for the night, but the next day during prayer at the orphanage, ten […]

Open Doors - Jun 30, 2014

Ramadan Day 6- Goodness

Central Asia ‘ Dr. Paul Negrut, a pastor, was visiting his old friend Trian Dors in his humble home. As Paul entered, he realized that Trian was bleeding from open wounds. He asked, “What happened?” Trian replied, “The secret police just left my home. They confiscated my manuscripts; then they beat me.” Paul says, “I […]