These all can cause a community’s important landmarks and buildings to be destroyed. For most of our communities, insurance covers the damages, and soon there is a newer, shinier building in its place.The cycle repeats. Although the community is sad about its loss, it knows the building will be back.
However, for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, this is a continual nightmare. Christian believers are sought out and targeted for their faith. In Nigeria, five churches are destroyed weekly. Believers already have limited space to worship safely, so the loss of these sacred buildings are detrimental to communities. In these buildings, relationships develop and Christian beliefs are deepened. These are the places believers do life. A couple from Uygher had this to say,
“During church, we invite people to fellowship. This is how we grow our relationships. We have meals together, listen to each other’s problems, and share the Word of God.”
You may be thinking, “Why should I get involved?” Although this level of persecution is not something we as Americans face, we can still help our persecuted brothers and sisters who endure it on a regular basis.
One way Open Doors serves the persecuted church is through Christian Community Restoration, which includes rebuilding churches and homes, socioeconomic assistance and refugee support for persecuted Christians. To find out how you can contribute to these vital programs and more, click below: