That’s a great question and we’re glad you asked! Well, technically we asked it for you, but it’s a question that comes up often for non-profits. And it gives us a chance to tell our story—which we’re passionate about.
And, ultimately, we hope it will be your story too.
ON THE FRONTLINES
There are a lot of ministries who work with persecution awareness, but at Open Doors we’re on the frontlines. What does that mean? It means we’re on the ground in over 60 countries working side-by-side with the local church in some of the most hostile regions toward Christianity in the world. When other organizations leave, we stay. This risk-taking mentality is part of our DNA—going back to our founder, Brother Andrew, who smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. And with more than 60 years’ experience, we’re the premier organization to tell the full story and connect you, personally, with the inspiring members of the persecuted church.
When you donate to Open Doors, you can be confident your funds are going to a reputable organization with a powerful and proven track record in financial stewardship. For more on stewardship, check out our Financials and download our Annual Report.
FURTHERING THE KINGDOM
When you give, your funds don’t just go to socioeconomic relief and urgent needs, which are extremely important, but to the strengthening and expansion of the Kingdom through Bible distribution, discipleship, persecution preparedness, training, trauma counseling and much more. This is critical. If you’re like us, you want your money to go beyond “charity” to something greater—the furthering of the gospel.
Our holistic approach meets urgent needs, provides long-term sustainability and, ultimately, focuses on strengthening the church to be a light in some of the most difficult countries in the world today. Countries like North Korea, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and so many others.
UNITY IN CHRIST
Not only that, but when you give to Open Doors, you’re partnering with the Body of Christ and helping create unity by standing with your brothers and sisters who suffer for our faith all over the world—especially in dangerous places where few others dare to go. It’s a work we’re called to do together.
WORLD-CLASS RESOURCES AND INSPIRATION
Open Doors provides multiple touchpoints to stay educated, inspired and connected to the persecuted church. We work hard at this because we believe it matters. Through powerful resources, profiles, feature articles, multimedia and in-depth research, Open Doors keeps you in-the-know every step of the way. Here are just a few of our world-class resources:
- Prayer Force Alert monthly prayer calendar
- Presence magazine
- Frontline Faith monthly newsletter
- The Open Doors weekly enewsletter
- Daily stories, prayer updates, videos and research published on our website
- Letter writing campaigns connecting you to persecuted believers
- Infographics, inspiration, stories and trends—along with weekly live video from our CEO—on our Facebook page
- Petitions on key initiatives for religious freedom and advocacy for persecuted believers
- First-rate teaching resources for individuals and small groups on persecution awareness and the role of the church
Whether you choose to make a donation today or not, we’d love to stay connected with you and give you the opportunity to get to know us more in the future. If you’re on social media, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also go to our website to subscribe to our email newsletter. When you connect, you will learn about many ways you can contribute to our work including writing a letter to persecuted believers in countries that are hostile to the Christian faith. You’ll also hear about opportunities to become a Frontline Partner who makes monthly donations to support the ongoing work of Open Doors.
We hope that helps answers your question, but if you’re still not convinced, take a look at this powerful impact video from Nigeria. We recently delivered famine survival kits to over 9,000 Christian families in desperate need…and this is what they had to say about it.