Send Messages of Hope to Iraq and Syria


In 2016, Open Doors began a long-term initiative called Hope for the Middle East to meet the needs of people who were displaced from their homelands or who were rebuilding their communities after ISIS forced them to flee. We set out to encourage and sustain the church in the Middle East—particularly in Iraq and Syria—to continue serving God while facing war, attacks or persecution.

Open Doors is excited to report we are in the fourth year of this campaign. We’re focusing on restoring hope to Christians as they continue to rebuild their homes and communities so that they can, in turn, carry out Jesus’ Great Commission by living out the gospel in their homelands. We want to see the church in the Middle East rise up again!

The need for hope and encouragement is great. Many of our persecuted brothers and sisters in both Iraq and Syria are struggling to find employment and rebuild their businesses. Others are still displaced due to war and threats of persecution for their faith.

As part of the Open Doors community, we invite you to support our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria by writing letters of hope and encouragement—letting them know that thousands of Christians are lifting them up to Jesus.

Each month, we’ll focus on a new theme as we write letters to our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria. This month’s theme, “messages of hope and love,” is outlined below.  

Send messages of hope and love this Christmas

Christmas is such a special time when we pause to remember that our Savior came to us as an innocent and vulnerable baby. A King worthier than any earthly king humbled Himself to save us from ourselves. This baby is the one who unites us all as a family no matter where we serve Him around the world.

Our family in Iraq and Syria are experiencing many hardships often on a daily basis. In both countries, basic necessities such as uninterrupted electricity, safety and housing can be unstable. Thankfully even in the midst of these challenging circumstances, there is much to be thankful for as we celebrate our hope in Jesus.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

This month, as you write to your brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, please share messages of hope and love with them. 

Hope is dawning in the Middle East. As followers of Jesus, we’ve been called to stand with His Church. We think you’ll enjoy playing a part in what is happening there in the birthplace of our faith. 

One Church. One Family.


*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

This is a digital campaign only. Please do not submit handwritten letters. Instead, we welcome you to use the form on this page to submit your letter. It will then be translated and shared in a closed Facebook group to be read by many of your persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria.

Writing Guidelines:

  • To assist in translation, please write in simple English and please keep your letter brief.
  • Be encouraging and include 1-2 Bible verses.
  • Because believers in the Middle East are facing struggles, you might want to share how you deal with personal (spiritual) struggles. For example, is there a special prayer or verse that helps you?
  • Please show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on their plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For Security:

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters.
  • You may offer your first name, but do not provide your full name or address. Be aware your letter will be posted on a public Facebook page may be shared on social media by believers in the Middle East.
  • Do not criticize a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders.
  • Do not make proposals to help.

If you would like to participate in more opportunities like this, you can regularly write letters to persecuted Christians in many countries by bookmarking and revisiting our website.

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