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A Message From Dr. David Curry- President/CEO of Open Doors USA

August 16, 2013 by Open Doors in

David Curry Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me to my new role here at Open Doors. In many ways, I feel like I’m right at home, even though I just moved my family from Washington State to relocate to the Open Doors office here in California. Despite the many changes, I cannot escape the feeling that I am at home with friends here with the Open Doors family (I’m referring to both the staff and the many supporters who have written or connected with me via social media). We are united by our shared values and concern for those followers of Jesus who are living in the most difficult places in the world to be a believer. It’s my conviction that persecution will become the number one concern for the Christian church worldwide in the next decade due to the political, moral and spiritual landscape in the world today. Fighting back the forces of destruction is a high calling. The ability to assist those precious people around the world, who want nothing more than to serve Jesus without fear of harm, harassment and the looming threat of execution, is an even more potent motivator for me. It is my hope that we, who call ourselves Christians, could share these three values:

  1. Daily concern for those in danger for the sake of Jesus name. We cannot let the constant sensational news cycle distract us from the real, ever-present danger the church is facing in North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria and other countries on the WorldWatchList.
  2. A commitment to prayer. Often it feels like we are unable to affect change in the regimes and political situations that bring horror and persecution to fellow believers. Prayer goes beyond the practical political considerations, and appeals to the spiritual dimension there is always a spiritual solution to our physical problems. We must be people of prayer.
  3. People of action: It’s not enough to just raise awareness; advocacy is an important but ultimately limited force of activism. We must be motivated to DO something to ease the pain, and assist those Christians who are imprisoned, persecuted and in danger wherever they may be.

It’s an exciting honor to help lead and direct this fight, and I thank you all for your words of welcome. I also encourage you to interact and stay in touch. I’m available on social media (follow me on Twitter @DavidgCurry). I try to respond personally to as many tweets as possible. Keep me and my family in your prayers, as I settle into a new environment and get to work. God’s very best for you and your family. Remembering those who suffer for Jesus, David Curry


2 responses to “A Message From Dr. David Curry- President/CEO of Open Doors USA”

  1. God did promise never to forsake, or leave his children alone, may God grant you the strength in these trying times.

  2. Hebrews 12:1-2 – Fix your eyes on Jesus only, He is your tower of strength, He is your Rock & your hiding place. He is your peace, joy and strength. You are surrounded by saints past and present cheerring you up on your journey to heaven so don’t be alarmed, don’t be saddened by your situation, you are in our prayers, you have a big family out here of different races, languages and cultures but we all have one thing in common and thats our love and belief in one true God who is found only in the person of Jesus Christ, the only God who gave us all of Himself including his own life so we may have life eternal. Be bold in your faith knowing full well that you have a reward awaiting your arrival home. You have a God, a Saviour who is always there with you, he said that he will never leave you, nor forsake you, all you have to do, is to call on his name and you will be saved, you will be comforted, you will be strengthened so you can keep on. God chose you to suffer for a reason, because he is going to use mightily to bring more of your own people who are currently treating you unfairly, I believe God will use you to bring this same people to the knowledge of Christ Jesus.
    2 Corinthians 4:16 -18
    …16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
    Hebrew 12:1-2
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    Your are in our prayers.

    Samoan Christian Church Fellowship
    Auckland New Zealand

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