Month: May 2015

Janelle P - May 31, 2015

Lessons of Faith From the Frontlines

These persecuted believers learned true faith in the face of persecution. Their incredible lessons learned were…

Janelle P - May 29, 2015

PETITION: Pastors in Sudan on Trial For Their Lives

Two pastors in Sudan, Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith, are on trial right now. While their lives hang in the balance, there is something you can do to help these believers and stand #OneWithThem- sign this petition:

Janelle P - May 28, 2015

Iraqi Refugee Children Share Their Dreams of Hope

A few Iraqi children, who had to flee their homes in the summer of 2014, are receiving counseling through Open Doors. They were asked to draw their dreams, and a 13-year-old drew this and said, “I dream of becoming an architect and go back to my city and rebuild it.”

Janelle P - May 26, 2015

India: One Year Anniversary of Modi’s Election

One year ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, won control of India’s national government. Anti-Christian harassment, sometimes deadly, continues on a daily basis, and has intensified in ways not always seen in official statistics. A campaign of Ghar Vapsi—the return of Christian converts to Hinduism—has begun, and BJP politicians are promoting the long-shot idea of a national anti-conversion law.

Sydney Bennett - May 22, 2015

The Body of Christ

Working with Open Doors has shown me what the church, the Body and Bride of Christ, really looks like. Since joining the organization, I realized how big the church is; I noticed how connected we are to each other, and these words of Christ began sinking in more than ever: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 ESV)

Janelle P - May 21, 2015

The Rohingya People: Starving Migrants Await their Fate

The Rohingya people of Myanmar are again in the news for unpleasant reasons – a ship full of starving migrants has made its way to Thai shores only to be shunned by the Thai government. The Thai Navy helped fix the ship’s engine, but they still left the people at sea. No country wants the Rohingyas, except maybe the Philippines, whose government declared an openness to receive the 3,000 refugees at sea. These people, however, are stuck in the ocean with no provisions and hardly any strength left.

Janelle P - May 19, 2015

Yemen: Prayer for Restored Peace and Justice After Attack

Out of the 25 million that live in Yemen, only a few thousand profess Jesus. The severe persecution for the Islamic-based culture has left Christians forced to meet in secret or left them in isolation. Church leaders in the Arabian Peninsula have requested prayer for the country of Yemen, including its Christian communities, following the destruction of a church building in Aden amid the current warfare.

Janelle P - May 18, 2015

Another Church Denied Freedom to Worship

Please pray for Azim Janbakiev, pastor of Rakhym Presbyterian Church in Almaty, Kazakhstan. City administration has forbidden the congregation to hold their worship in a building owned by the Rakhym Church, claiming that the building does not have the status of a religious building. Pastor Azim recently shared:

Janelle P - May 12, 2015

Syrian Christians Hold Tight To Eternal Hope

The Syrian city of Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition controlled areas for many years. Recently, the opposition fighters came very close to one of the Christian areas in the city. Many Christians don’t know what to do. The ones with the financial means to flee the city have already left, leaving behind poverty and confusion in the place they once called home.

Janelle P - May 11, 2015

Mexican Christians Return Home After Being Displaced

April 15th was not an ordinary day for a group of displaced Mexican Christians. It was a day of joy, answered prayers and finally going home. Five years ago, their community expelled them for being Christians. Now, this group of 12 families is finally being allowed to return to their homes.