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Send a Love Letter to a Persecuted Christian this Valentines Day

February 2, 2018 by Sarah Cunningham in , ,

The month of January is always exciting because of how God uses the World Watch List to draw attention to the needs of persecuted Christians around the world. But this January, something new happened too.

Author and researcher Ed Stetzer invited Willow Creek Community Church to write encouraging letters to Christians facing persecution in Turkey. The letters offered a heartwarming display of Christian unity as Chicago-area believers let Turkish Christians know “you are not alone.”

As I looked through the letters that arrived at our offices, it struck me how critically important small gestures like these were. These little pieces of paper literally connect American Christians with our persecuted brothers and sisters overseas. And they sometimes arrive just in time to encourage believers who are in the middle of hardship–strengthening them in the same way you might be strengthened if a friend sent a card to you while you were hospitalized or grieving.

I’d love to repeat what happened at Willow thousands of times over. And I thought Valentines Day might be a good place to start.

So today I’d like to invite you to participate in a similar opportunity. Would you pause for just a few minutes to write a brief message of love and encouragement that Open Doors will deliver to persecuted Christians living in other dangerous regions in our world?

You can scroll down to send your letter digitally using the form below OR to find out how to handwrite it to send through the mail.  We also encourage you to invite others to write letters as a part of a small group, Sunday School class or church service. (Learn how Willow Creek made this part of their church service here.)

We appreciate each of you who is willing to take a minute to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and to send a message of God’s love this Valentines Day.

Blessings,

Letter-Writing Guidelines:

1. Please do not mention Open Doors in your letter.
2. Please write clearly using simple English words and feel free to include a Bible verse or two that is meaningful.
3. Feel free to send greeting cards and/or artwork by children as well.
4. For safety reasons, please only provide your first name and the region you live in. Do not include your full name or address.
5. To minimize risks, please do not criticize any governments in your letter.
6. Please do not send money in the letters. If you’d like to support persecuted Christians, we welcome you to explore the “Donate” tab at opendoorsusa.org.

Send a digital letter using the form below or scroll down for instructions on sending a letter through the mail.

Letter Writing - Valentines Day

Your encouraging message will be sent to persecuted believers in regions where support is needed most.
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Print a template for your snail mail letter:

Download a letter-writing template here

Send handwritten letters to:

Communications Department
Open Doors USA
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Are you a group or church?

If you’d like to tell us about your personal or group letter-writing experience, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us a note using the form below.

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One response to “Send a Love Letter to a Persecuted Christian this Valentines Day”

  1. I really appreciate the monthly pamphlets by mail containing real persecution stories that it encourages me in my walk of faith. These people are my heroes and I pray for my spiritual family of persecuted brothers and sisters in the Lord. I even donate what I can. Thanks for the stories. Keep sending them that I may pray for every believer affected by Satan’s opposition.

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