Month: June 2015

Janelle P - Jun 29, 2015

One-Year Anniversary of The Islamic State’s Caliphate

One year ago today, the Islamic State declared itself as a caliphate. This terrorist army is run by an extreme form Islam, and has now taken over significant portions of Syria and Iraq.

Brett Tarbell - Jun 26, 2015

Recent Deadly Boko Haram Attacks

Boko Haram was blamed for two suicide bombings in Chad and a raid in Niger this past week, leaving a total of 72 dead. Here’s a quick rundown of the recent week:

Janelle P - Jun 25, 2015

#TBT: A Mission to Remember

The era of Communism and the Iron Curtain presented many challenges for Open Doors in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The small staff, located mostly in Holland, and a larger pool of volunteers had to work without computers and mobile devices. Meticulous planning preceded every trip.

Sally Rae - Jun 24, 2015

Special Envoy Petition: 10,000 Signatures and Counting

The Special Envoy campaign has had an incredible response from our supporters.

Janelle P - Jun 23, 2015

Urgent Prayers Needed For Sudanese Pastors

Thank you for praying for Pastor Michael Yat and Peter Yen who have been accused of crimes against the state, with two of the crimes carrying the death penalty. We request your help in signing our petition to ask President Obama to appoint an envoy that would monitor religious freedom violations in the region.

Janelle P - Jun 19, 2015

Why You Should Make a 3pm Prayer Everyday

In 1 Corinthians 12:26, Paul reminds us that we are part of the body of Christ, when one member suffers, we all suffer- when one part is lifted up, we all rejoice. As part of the body of Christ, it is vital that we stand united… and the best way to do that is through prayer. And a powerful way to pray is to unite in prayer at the time Jesus died for us at 3pm (known as the hour of mercy) in our local time zones.

Sydney Bennett - Jun 18, 2015

Free Student Curriculum – Lessons From Persecuted Christians

I am excited to announce that Open Doors Fortify has a new curriculum available online for FREE! This study will take you through four life-changing lessons we have learned from our brothers and sisters living in persecution. Each lesson includes Scripture, discussion questions, stories from the persecuted church, prayer points and a video.

Brett Tarbell - Jun 16, 2015

Children in Colombia Learning True Religion

We recently interviewed some Colombia Children’s Center alumni who are excited to tell you about God’s redemptive work in their lives. Their stories are rough, but magnify the sovereignty of Christ beautifully.After hearing from just a few alumni, it is clear that they all – formerly without perspective, traumatized and fearful – have grown into self-confident young adults. They courageously urge others to follow Jesus and pray that the Open Doors Children’s Center will become a training ground for many other Christian children.

Janelle P - Jun 11, 2015

President Buhari of Nigeria Inaugurated—Peace Prevails

Muhammadu Buhari, the first opposition leader to win an election in Nigeria, was sworn in on May 29 as Nigeria’s new President after defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the March election.

Brett Tarbell - Jun 10, 2015

ISIS’ Mosul Takeover: 1 Year Anniversary

One year ago today, persecuted believers made headlines the world over. Reporters told us that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had seized the Iraqi city of Mosul, while footage of black flags flying over government buildings filled our living rooms.