The power of encouragement
Early on in his ministry, Open Doors founder—Brother Andrew—gave his first impromptu sermon in a Communist country where the expression of religion was restricted. When he finished speaking, the local pastor approached Andrew and said, “We want to thank you for being here. Even if you had not said a word, just seeing you would have meant so much. We feel at times as if we are all alone in our struggle.”
What Andrew heard that day is feedback we still hear from persecuted Christians today. Persecuted believers—who often live in a region where they are far outnumbered by followers of other religions—routinely tell us that they are isolated, boycotted, ostracized, harassed, unjustly imprisoned and even attacked. As a result, these believers are often deeply touched when they learn that Christians from other parts of the world are praying for them
For this reason, Open Doors offers these opportunities like letter writing campaigns and encouragement walls so that we can let these brothers and sisters in Christ know that they are not alone. We would be so grateful if you would take a minute to write a brief message of encouragement to them.
Stand with Indians like Manoj: A young follower of Jesus
Manoj is a 10-year-old boy from East India who encountered Jesus for the first time through his friends. Now he secretly follows Jesus. Please take a moment and write a letter of encouragement to young and passionate followers of Christ like Manoj. Let them know they are not alone.
Encourage Indians like Reeta: Standing strong for Jesus
Reeta, 23, has endured beatings, coercion and attempted forced marriage from her family all because she chose to follow Jesus in India. Unfortunately, her story is not all that unique for young Christian women who convert from other religions. Take a moment to write a letter of encouragement and let them know they are not forgotten.
Support Indians like Ashok: Brave evangelist in the face of threats
Despite constant threats, Ashok has not stopped sharing the hope of Christ with tribal and Hindu people since he converted to Christianity and followed God’s call to start a church. Please take a moment to write a letter of encouragement to believers like Ashok as they are bravely sharing the hope of Christ with others at great cost to themselves.
Send messages of solidarity to the parents of the Chibok Girls
It has been five years since April 14th, 2014, when the nightmare unfolded for the parents of Nigerian schoolgirls—such as Yana Gana (mother of Rifkatu) and Hannatu Duada (mother of Saratu). Let’s remind Yana, Hannatu and other parents who are still waiting that they are our family, that we have not forgotten them and their daughters.
Send messages of hope to Iraq and Syria
Hope is dawning in the Middle East. Each month, we will focus on a new letter-writing theme as we encourage our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria. We think you’ll enjoy playing a part in what is happening there.
Strengthen imprisoned believers in Iran
Throughout history, God has used persecution as part of His sovereign plan to spread His gospel and strengthen believers. Scripture tells us repeatedly that we will not always understand God’s ways. But we continue to pray even when things don’t make sense in our heads and hearts, trusting God and His wisdom–remembering that He is good.