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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.
Walk with the parents of Leah Sharibu
Nathan and Rebecca must have had many sleepless nights thinking about their daughter, wondering if she’ll ever return. Yet trusting God through it all. Over the last two years, Open Doors has walked with them, and now we have the unique opportunity to come alongside this family—our family in Christ—and encourage them through emails or cards and letters of hope.
Send messages of hope to Iraq and Syria
Hope is dawning in the Middle East. Each month, we’re focusing 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 how God is working through His Church to reach believers in the Middle East.
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.
Be a part of Alisa’s healing journey
Like many Christian women in Nigeria, Alisa was the victim of sexual violence at the hands of Fulani militants. Thankfully, like a growing number of women in Nigeria, she received trauma care through Open Doors and is now on a journey toward healing. Today I would like to share Alisa’s story with you in her own words.
Write a Letter to Support Eldos and His Sister
Eldos is a young Christian Kyrgyz man who was attacked by three radical Muslim men who came to his home and beat him while trying to force him to convert back to Islam. Stand with him as he bravely recovers physically and emotionally.