Their inspiration has moved the Open Doors team to pray for you. We know that you—our supporters and partners—represent many families, churches and ministries across the United States that will bring hope and peace to your communities during this crisis.
We are also praying this same prayer over persecuted Christians whose situation will likely worsen during this pandemic. While we are still assessing the full impact, which will vary from country to country, we know that supply shortages and economic downturns will undoubtedly complicate life for some believers in the world’s most difficult places.
These believers are already minorities in primarily Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist countries. They already face difficulties and danger from militias, extremists or hostile governments. They are often seen as second-class citizens, traitors or infidels.
For those who ALSO live in countries with significant outbreaks, history tells us they will have less or no rights to advocate for themselves with police or public officials, less access to basic provisions like medical supplies, and that they will experience more discrimination in receiving emergency aid or human services