Write to Persecuted Christians
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
– 1 Corinthians 12:26
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.
Send Messages of Hope to Iraq and Syria
In 2016, Open Doors began the long-term initiative Hope for the Middle East. Our initial goal with it was to meet the needs of communities in exile and threatened churches in places like Iraq and Syria—to help keep the church in the Middle East alive and ensure these faithful believers were not stamped out by war, ISIS and persecution.
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.
Encourage Aisha—A Survivor of Sexual Violence in Nigeria
The new 2019 World Watch List report reveals a dark reality for girls and women who are persecuted for both their gender and their faith.
Write a Letter to Support Eldos and His Sister
We have the opportunity to come along side Eldos Satar Uluu and his sister Aygul* by writing them digital letters of encouragement and support. Eldos is a young Christian Kyrgyz man who was attacked on October 16th by three radical Muslim men who came to his home and beat him while trying to force him to convert back to Islam. He was seriously injured and is still recovering in the hospital from his injuries and multiple surgeries.
Send Encouragement to a Believer in North Korea
Right now, in North Korea, many people like you—fathers, mothers, pastors, and church leaders—find themselves in scary situations without much support. Some have been threatened or attacked, while others have even been sentenced to prison for their work in the underground church. Unfortunately, as a result of having to hide their identities, Christians may feel alone—cut off from or even unaware of supporters around the world.
Write A Letter To Persecuted Believers
Each year, an estimated 215 million Christians suffer from high or extremely high persecution for following Jesus. That’s 1 in 12 Christians worldwide. Due to the frequency of such incidents, Open Doors receives new reports of persecution from bases and partners around the world all year long.