In 2014 Open Doors was enabled by the Lord to make a huge impact with persecuted believers living around the world. Below is a summary of just some of the ways Open Doors came along side thousands of Christians in 60 countries worldwide:
· Distribution: In 2014 Open Doors delivered more than 3.1 million pieces of literature to countries around the world. That total is 800,000 more that in 2013. Of the total of 3.1 million, Middle Eastern countries received the most materials with over 1.3 million. The overall distribution total included Bibles, children’s Bibles, study Bibles, New Testaments, religious literature, training materials and miscellaneous resources.
Testimony from the Field: “My heart was beating with joy. God’s grace had once again proven to be limitless. Our brothers and sisters took with them the Christian materials and other goods you (Open Doors) provided through the help and prayers of your supporters.” – North Korean believer
· Training: In 2014 Open Doors trained 308,000 people. The ministry included Bible training for Christian leaders and believers, Sunday School teachers and children. Various seminars were also held in many countries, including Standing Strong through the Storm (SSTS) which helps pastors and leaders learn how to stand strong and cope in the face of persecution.
Testimony from the Field: “I was born to Muslim parents. After my conversion, I went through pressure from my parents and siblings, but I was encouraged in the many seminars and trainings I have attended. SSTS is one of the best seminars I attended. All the topics are very relevant as I live my new life in Christ. I had a wrong understanding about my enemies; I thought they were those who stood against my faith, like parents and siblings. But now, I know that Satan is the real enemy, not the people of other religions. After this seminar, I will go to my nephew who has created lots of problems for me and I will share my learnings with him. From now on, I will not regard any of my relatives as enemies, but I will develop relationships and share the love of Christ with them.” – Sultan, a participant in a SSTS program in a Muslim-dominated country
· Social/Economic Development: Open Doors served over 356,000 people through social/economic projects in 2014. That figure is an increase of almost 100,000 people from 2013. A total of 897 projects included such diverse areas as sponsoring literacy courses, vocational/job training, prison ministry, medical/health care, church restoration, school support, community building aid, safe houses, food supplies, helping widows, emergency assistance and support to persecuted families.
Testimony from the Field: “I have been provided with food, clothing, school fees and most of all prayers. At the time I lost my husband (killed by an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria More), I felt useless and hopeless, but God sent you people (Open Doors) as angels to raise me up and give me hope.” – Nigerian widow Damaris, who was also provided a firewood business to raise funds and later a farm to breed chickens.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.