Here in the United States, Easter Sunday often has the highest church attendance with the various events like sunrise services and Passion plays. But in areas of the world where Christianity is not welcome, the time we celebrate the risen life of our Savior plays out differently. In many countries, believers must celebrate in secret—not unlike those who followed Jesus 2,000 years ago. While we in the free world may think of our celebrations as the traditional way to honor our Savior’s sacrifice, today’s persecuted believers might actually be experiencing something closer to the original Easter.
In many countries, believers must celebrate in secret—not unlike those who followed Jesus 2,000 years ago.
As you prepare to celebrate Easter, we wanted to give you this free resource to help you think about this sacred story in a new light. We’ve designed this devotional to help you reflect on the first Easter and pray with believers today in countries like Egypt, Pakistan, North Korea and many others who will experience a different, yet no less meaningful, Easter Sunday.
Throughout it, you’ll find moving stories and meet believers like Samira Fahi, whose husband was killed in last year’s bombings on Palm Sunday. We also give you insightful questions to help you understand and connect with our brothers and sisters as they face the same fears–and demonstrate the same hope–as these early disciples.
Read their stories and join them in their prayers—because God’s family is truly One Body. And their stories are our stories.
To download this Easter devotional, simply put in your name and email above. We hope you’ll join Open Doors in coming alongside and praying with our persecuted family throughout the world this Easter.