How Persecuted Christians Changed My Life

January 6, 2015 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

By Dr. Jay Strack President and Founder of Student Leadership University

In a culture where trivialization consumes our time, energy and even our souls, we are all looking for real, tangible ways that we can emulate Jesus. In Matthew 25:35-40 and 42-45, Jesus confronts us with the truth that “What you do for the least of these you do for me.”

At the very beginning of my Jesus journey I was handed a book entitled God Smuggler by Brother Andrew. The Holy Spirit used this to burn in my heart that I had a responsibility to make sure the world had a chance to know God’s Word.

A few months ago, I was privileged to sit with Brother Andrew at an Open Doors function. Once again, he confronted me with the truth that 75% of the world’s population lives in areas of severe religious persecution and restriction, many of which are Christians.

Since that time, I have been wearing the Open Doors bracelet emblazoned with the words “One With Them.”

With every glance, I am prompted to think of and pray for my brothers and sisters in prisons around the world who endure beating and torture for the name of Christ.

Open Doors is a unique ministry. They not only train and equip for the sharing of the gospel, but they serve the persecuted by meeting their greatest needs. And as a result of standing with them, we are able to fulfill Matthew 25. This is why I am so thankful to be part of the work of Open Doors.

Student Leadership University is a faith-based, progressive leadership program for students around the globe. Open Doors is participating in the SLU Lift tour to introduce more student leaders to the stories of the persecuted Church. For more information, go to