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.
Comfort Singya in Bangladesh
Singya (19) has been traumatized by the unexpected death of his younger brother, 16-year-old Chongya in Bangladesh. Please take a moment to write him a letter of encouragement to stay strong in his faith.
Sow seeds of hope for Rikiya
Just one month after her husband died, Rikiya had to take her children flee her home when Boko Haram attacked her village. She has now returned home. Please join us in encouraging her as she lives in a new hope.
Encourage widow of slain Rev. Lawan Andimi
On January 2, Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Nigerian pastor, was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants. About three weeks later, he was killed. And now, at the age of 55, his wife Mary Andimi finds herself a widow and the sole provider for her seven school-aged children. Please take a moment to share your heart with her and let her know she is not alone.
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.
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.
Send Encouragement to Esther
While Esther was in Boko Haram captivity (October 2015 – November 2016), she was under constant pressure to denounce her faith. In her heart, she decided: If I perish, I perish. But I will not become a Muslim.
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.