The Open Doors Podcast is a monthly podcast dedicated to bringing the people and stories of the persecuted church to listeners in the United States. Featuring expert insight, interviews with persecuted Christians, prayer requests and opportunities to stand in solidarity with God’s people, the Open Doors Podcast is dedicated to helping every Christian realize they are members of one Church and one Family.
Episode 9: An impossible choice in Iran: Jesus ... or freedom?
In this episode, we hear from Taher and Donya (and their kids), Iranian believers who were forced to make an incredibly hard decision. Listen to them tell the story of the moment that changed everything. You’ll also hear updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly how it’s affecting Christians in India.
Episode 8: A hard story from Nigeria—and why God is still faithful
In this episode, we hear from Hajaratu, a Christian whose village was attacked by Fulani militants. She’s just one of thousands of Nigerian Christians who have been the victims of violence in the last year—and it got even worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. She tells her heartbreaking story, and tells us why she still believes.
Episode 7: New research, and a conversation with Propaganda and Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty
In this episode, Julia and Christopher go through some new information from Open Doors research, including the 2021 World Watch List, which you can find by clicking here.
We also speak with Propaganda and Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, who work together at the intersections of Christian faith, culture and justice.
Episode 6: Drug gangs and faith in Colombia
Daniela’s life changed the day her father was taken from her and her family. Daniela lives in Colombia, where pastors are sometimes targeted by local drug gangs who don’t want Christians to share the gospel. Daniela, along with her mother, Alba, and her brother, Sebastian, lost her dad to gang violence. But that’s not the end of the story. Here from the family as they rebuild from their trauma.
Episode 5: Nigeria's violent COVID-19 persecution
The Open Doors team recently spoke with two widows in Nigeria about their experience with violence in the Middle Belt of the country. Their story is tragic—and shows how much Christians are suffering in the midst of both persecution and the COVID-19 crisis. Hear them tell of tragedy and God’s faithfulness, in their own words.
Episode 4: What is God doing in Syria? Find out.
In this episode, we speak with Pastor George, a Christian leader in northern Syria who has led his church through ISIS, attacks from Turkey, COVID-19 and more. You’ll also hear how you can get involved with Syrian believers, how you can pray and what new needs we’ve heard from persecuted Christians around the world.
Episode 3: What's happening to Christians in India should shock us
India is No. 10 on the 2020 World Watch List. We hear from Heena (a pseudonym), an Open Doors partner in India, about the situation for Christians there—and why COVID-19 has made it even worse. You’ll also learn how you can partner and pray with God’s persecuted family in India and all over the world.
Episode 2: Christian persecution: Worse with COVID-19?
In this month’s episode, we hear from Christians from South and Southeast Asia, who describe what persecuted Christians are going through in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They told us distressing stories of Christians being denied government aid—just because they follow Jesus.
Episode 1: Christian persecution in the heart of the coronavirus outbreak
David Curry interviews Pastor Wang from Wuhan, China about what it was like for Christians in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, we discuss the situation faced by secret Christians in Iran, the latest news of what’s happening to persecuted believers around the world and tell you how you can pray with your brothers and sisters!