By providing year-round support, Frontline Partners help bring critical aid to persecuted Christians as needs arise. The stories below feature some of the ways that Frontline Partners assist believers around the world.
You're helping Syrian Christians stay in their homeland
At the end of 2019, there were about 140 income-generating projects functioning. One of these is the mini market of Mikhael. In 2019, Mikhael, a Christian man, opened his mini market—a small supermarket just 2.5 meters wide and 6 meters long. To spread God’s love, Mikhael serves locals a free cup of coffee as a warm welcome when they enter.
Another Syrian Christian, Khalil, couldn’t bring in enough money to support his wife and four children. Thanks to your support, he bought a car and started working as a taxi driver in Latakia, Syria. This allows their family to stay and live out their faith in Syria.
Khalil shares his gratitude: “From the bottom of my heart: Thank you, God bless you. This is a very big help, you made Christians stay in the country.”
Food and Hygiene Support in the Middle East
Because of the Syrian war, millions of Syrians are in need. Since 2017, through supporters like you, Open Doors provided food parcels and hygiene baskets to about 17,000 families (that’s about 85,000 people each month). On top of that, churches distributed warm clothes fuel blankets and other items for the harsh winter season. winterization items When needed, people received medicine or were supported with urgent medical assistance.
In 2019, we were able to reduce the number of families who receive these packages, and started to invest more in Income Generating Projects.
You provided Bibles in Swahili for those who couldn't afford them
Open Doors also recently heard from a woman who partners with Open Doors in Kenya. After this Bible delivery, she sent us this message, “The Bible distribution went awesome! We were able to get Bibles to all that didn’t have one! Thanks SO MUCH for being a part of that with us and for hooking us up with the Open Doors team to make that happen! Below is a picture of just some of the college kids who got study Bibles. We gave out all the Swahili – English Bibles to the High School students.”
You provided Bibles to a youth camp
Open Doors partners were able to deliver a youth Bible to every student who participates in this Christian camp in Kenya. “Many of these youth can’t afford the books they need, let alone a Bible.” The program director tells us. Because of Open Doors supporters and the work of our partners, these kids now have a Bible to use as they walk through their struggles and to take home to share with their families.
Your monthly gifts help support a Christian widow in Nepal
In Nepal, a Christian mother named Komal recently lost her husband to illness. Because of her lack of access to education and the fact that she’s a Christian, Komal could not provide for her four children in a society that discriminates against those who follow Jesus. Thanks to your support, we helped Komal find work by providing a small shop to support her livelihood. Now, she does not have to beg for food from anyone. “Even though I was despised and distanced by my relatives,” Komal says, “I felt God’s presence in my life. Only because of His strength, I was able to overcome all those difficulties.”
You helped provide training in Pakistan
In Pakistan, millions people are discriminated against, falsely accused, beaten, raped, abused and forced into bonded labor for being born into Christian families. Some do not have access to a church and cannot read, so they know very little about the Scriptures. Through your support, Open Doors has offered vocational and spiritual training to 300 people who have little opportunity to advance in society. One of our partners who helps provide this training says, “We have been threatened and attacked. But we will not give up … we know that brothers and sisters around the world are behind us in prayer.”
Your monthly gift helps Christians in prison in Eritrea
In Eritrea, authorities are targeting house church meetings to arrest Christians. Some are tortured; others are imprisoned. In the last three years, Open Doors knows of at least 27 Christians (12 women, 15 men) who have died in prison, as well as one child who died as a result of a parent’s imprisonment. Through your support, Open Doors partners are able to help care for those in prison who receive insufficient food and medical treatment as they’re pressured to renounce their faith. One ex-prisoner described this support: “They supported us materially in different ways while we were in prison, even though they are not our blood family. Even after my release, they have done a lot for me. They have received me in love. I have seen the hands of the Lord through the brethren from different areas. I must give thanks to God for them.”
You're helping rebuild homes and lives in Iraq!
In Iraq, ISIS drove out Christians from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains. Through our partners, Open Doors has been able to come alongside believers in this crisis. In the initial years of displacement, your support helped provide food and emergency relief, such as blankets and heaters. Now, thanks to your help, three trauma care centers serve these communities while we also help renovate or rebuild houses, churches and schools.
Care packages for Christians in Sri Lanka
You may remember how bombers attacked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing at least 290 people and injuring hundreds more. Thanks to your support, we were able to deliver care packages to families impacted by this tragedy—providing them with food, persecution training materials and other helpful items.
Among these were Pastor Kumaran and his family who lost their 12-year-old son in the attacks. Pastor Kumaran says, “Thank you for the box. I brought it home this morning and my daughter opened it, saying, ‘It’s all mine now!’” Pastor Kumaran shares, “I still tell people about you coming to be with us during that time of grief. I remember you. You came here to just spend time with us. You comforted us. I’m a pastor and I can’t break down, you know? But you let us tell our stories and you comforted us.”