Category: Fortify

Janelle P - May 18, 2017

Having the faith to stand still

After throwing the fourth knife the man looked at my colleague and said, “It takes a lot of faith to stand absolutely still.” The son knew the father’s skill and trusted him enough to stand absolutely still.

Sydney Bennett - Apr 20, 2017

Ripple Effect

One of things I love about my job as the College & Youth Director is having the chance to see a passion for the persecuted church grow in a student’s heart. This semester I have had Machaela intern for me and as part of her program we went through the Ripple Effect series. While she […]

Sydney Bennett - Mar 16, 2017

Open Our Eyes

“He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold the mountain was full of […]

Sydney Bennett - Feb 16, 2017

Remember Those in Prison

As most of us have not spent time in prison, the author of Hebrews has left us with a difficult challenge when he said, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them,” (Hebrews 13:3). But what if you could step inside a prison cell and pray for persecuted Christians around the […]

Sydney Bennett - Jan 18, 2017

Praying Light into the Darkness

It never fails that when I have the opportunity to share with an individual or a group, the response is, “What can I do?” or “How do I get involved?” And my response is always the same, “Please pray.” However, prayer often doesn’t feel like we are doing enough or we are unable to see […]

Sydney Bennett - Dec 15, 2016

Sunday Morning Prayer

Over the last year I have had the privilege of spending Sunday mornings before church praying with my college students. Every Sunday I am blessed to hear our students share their hearts and cry out to the Lord to move in our college group, our church, their college campuses, our city, and the nation. But what has been an absolute blessing is to see the students hearts grow for our persecuted brothers and sisters

Sydney Bennett - Nov 17, 2016

Susan Needs Our Prayers!

One of the stories I often share when speaking is the story of Susan. When I first heard how she remained in a dark room sitting on the mat for three months simply because she did not want to deny Jesus, I was both humbled and challenged. Recently I received an update on Susan and the progress she has made over the years and while she has come a long way she still needs our prayers.

Sydney Bennett - Oct 21, 2016

The Empty Chair

Last night I spoke to a youth group in Houston, Texas and as I was talking with the youth pastor preparing for the night, I noticed one of the computer screens in their sound booth showing a slide that said “The Empty Chair.” It caught my eye and I had to ask what that was about.

Sydney Bennett - Sep 15, 2016

Students Want to Pray

Meredith was the first student I started working with about three years ago. My vision was to see students represent Open Doors on their campus and she was the first student to step forward. Hear from her how she became the first Campus Connector.

Sydney Bennett - Aug 18, 2016

See You at the Pole

The best part of my job is spreading the message of the persecuted Church every single day, but I’m only one person and cannot be in more than one place at a time. In order for the message of persecuted Christians to go global, I need more people to join me in praying and sharing – I need more people like my friend Drew. Check out his story: