A few years ago, Priya lost her husband. Her in-laws blamed her "toxic faith" for the death of their son. Then her 5-year-old son died two years later. Her faith in Jesus was again blamed.
As her father-in-law waited for Priya to come out, all she could do was stay within the shelter of her home and pray.
Then Priya's 5-year-old son became ill and died. Her Christian faith was again blamed for her son's death. This time, her community denied her access to the cemetery to bury her son with dignity, tearing from her the ability to properly mourn and honor his young life.
Since these tragic events, Priya has faced more hardship.
Because of ongoing persecution, she has had to send her older son away to live and study in another village. She has also had trouble keeping a job because of her faith.
You've read their stories. You've listened to their words. You may have suffered and grieved and wept with many of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
Today, I hope you'll step out further for the sake of persecuted Christians, like Priya, by joining our Frontline Partner family.
Persecution is intensifying in so many parts of the world. And requests for aid from our partners on the ground have never been greater.
That's why we've set a goal to increase our Frontline Partners by 408 by March 6. Will you take a moment to sign up now and be one of our 408 new Frontline Partners?
As a Frontline Partner, you'll join a special group of our most dedicated supporters who help Open Doors respond to emergencies and provide support for ongoing work-on-the-ground through their regular monthly giving.
When Open Doors first met Priya, she had just lost her son and couldn't make sense of anything that had happened. It's two years later, and tears still form in her eyes ...
"These are not of sadness," she says. "They are tears of joy. Because we meet again, and because Jesus has taken care of me since these tragedies happened."
If not for the support she received from Open Doors, Priya might not have weathered the last few years with the same strength and determination to follow Jesus.
Today, Priya's eyes sparkle with joy. Everything about her is just ... radiant. She shares:
"I'm strong in Christ. Why? Because God provided in prayer all my small needs. I know if I go through any more difficult situations, He is there for me. He sent an Open Doors partner who came with groceries when I had nothing to eat. I'm so thankful to all of you. You were there when I was in need. I am so thankful."
Your monthly support will help sustain the work of Open Doors to provide help and encouragement to persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries around the world, through:
Advancing the gospel
“I thank the people who pray for us, I thank them very much. I thank everyone in the world, every country in the world that prayed for us and gave us the support to have our houses fixed again. I do thank you very much indeed that you helped us.”
— Noeh, who recently moved back into his rebuilt home after ISIS set fire to many homes in his hometown of Karamles, Iraq
“When they threw us out of the village, they threatened to rape or kill me if I returned. The situation in the village still hasn’t been resolved. [The support I received through local church partners of Open Doors] was so meaningful. I had no money and no clothes.”
— Bahia,* a young believer in India who was persecuted for leaving Hinduism and forced to leave her village
“We thank God for using Open Doors to bring help to us. In just an interval of a day, you responded to our cry. Even the government has not done what you did for us. You have brought food items and toiletries for us. We are indeed grateful.”
— Mary,* a Nigerian Christian who received critical relief after militant Fulani herdsmen attacked and destroyed her village