An art show inspired by the persecuted church

Join Open Doors USA's Artist-in-Residence Scott Erickson for Icons of Hope, a year-long art show inspired by the resilience and courage of the persecuted church.

Scott is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, aesthetics, and comedic narrative to create experiences that speak to our deepest stories. Watch for the newest editions of Scott’s Icons of Hope throughout the year — and share them with your personal reflections on social media.

No. 2: Nigeria

Nigeria hosts the most religiously-motivated violence in the world. The result? Publicly claiming faith in Nigeria could get you killed. But the Church in Nigeria isn’t growing silent in response. Hajaratu, a woman who lost everything – including a child – in an attack by religious extremists, responded by singing: “Only words of gratitude, only words of gratitude. All I have to offer you, my God, are words of gratitude.”

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No. 1: North Korea

North Korea is the world’s most dangerous place to be a Christian: Tens of thousands of prisoners are enduring labor camps and imprisonment solely for their faith in Jesus. This artwork depicts the flame of faith that remains burning deep within North Korean prisons.

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