Category: Ramadan

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 28- Love

On the second floor of the Abgineh Glass and Ceramics Museum in Tehran Iran, in a small, unremarkable cabinet resides a collection of oddly-shaped bottles labeled only as ‘sprinklers.’ In ancient Middle East, these bottles were known as ‘tear-catchers’; vessels used to capture tears shed by a wife whose husband was at war and, offered […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 29- Joy

Somalia ‘ Nishan, 27, had just graduated from college, and was interning at a hospital when he first heard the gospel message. Three years later, he made known to his family that he had become a follower of Jesus Christ. Furious with his announcement, his family captured him and kept him locked in a dark […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 30- Peace

The tiny ship rocked back and forth, tossed across the white caps like scrap, the sailors sure it would soon be broken into match sticks. One frightened sailor crawled to the opening in the deck to call to the sleeping man below. “Save us! We will all be drowned!” The man awoke, emerging to face […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 24- Goodness

North Sudan – It was late in afternoon, after the day’s work was over, that the Bible training session began. Most students had traveled far to attend. Weary due to the day’s demands, the students were eager to learn because, although they interact daily with their Muslims neighbors, they knew little of the differences between […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 25- Faithfulness

El Gasim rubbed his eyes, and looked again. Was that a cross in his cell? Moving to a new position to pray, he looked back at the place where the cross had appeared. It was still there. Over the next seven days, El Gasim, an African Muslim, prayed the required five times each day, and […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 26- Gentleness

Biblical instruction on resistance is usually understood to mean a Christian should respond passively to threats and violence by turning the other cheek. In the midst of severe Muslim-Christian conflict, a leading church bishop in Nigeria has repeatedly been quoted saying, “We have turned the other cheek so many times, we have no more cheeks […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 19- Love

Iran – When Takoosh married pastor Haik Hovsepian, she was thrilled that she would spend her life in the service of God. She knew it would not be easy in a country where 98% are Muslim, are forbidden to go to church and where evangelism among them is strictly prohibited. Although Takoosh was fearful, Haik […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 20- Joy

Bangladesh ‘ In rural areas, many believers fall prey to injustice and discrimination simply because they cannot read the law, and are unaware of their civil and legal rights when persecuted. Using volunteer church workers and pastors from participating church groups, Open Doors opened literacy classes in 17 districts in 2008, benefiting more than 600 […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 21- Peace

Traveling home from an Open Doors seminar in east Africa, Christian students saw a young Muslim man tie a rope around a tree. They stopped, and asked what he was doing. “I want to kill myself,” he replied. “I say my prayers five times a day, and I read the Quran. I have money, a […]

Open Doors - Jul 10, 2014

Ramadan Day 22- Forbearance

Indonesia – In December 1999, at the Doulos Bible School in Indonesia, a Muslim mob over-ran the school’s compound, killing one student and injuring 44 more, destroying almost eighty percent of the buildings. Domingus, one of the students injured in the violence recalls praying, “Lord, if I die, I know I will go to heaven.” […]