April 30, 2018 by Open Doors in The Work We Do
Open Doors exists to strengthen the Church to be the Church in the most hostile places.
In over 60 countries, Open Doors supports persecuted Christians with Bibles, emergency aid, discipleship training, vocational skills, trauma counseling, advocacy—and a host of other ways—so that they know they’re not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities. So that they can give life.
At Open Doors, we’re committed to those who suffer for following Jesus, and we believe the persecuted Church is part of the DNA of every Christian.
Our ministry was launched by a courageous Christian man from the Netherlands named Brother Andrew. Many people best know Brother Andrew from his most well-known book, God’s Smuggler, which tells stories of his secret missions to smuggle Bibles into hostile regions.
During his life, Brother Andrew took great risks to bring the gospel into communist countries during the height of the Cold War. Brother Andrew believed no door is closed to us when we pray—and that same passion is embedded in our ministry:
“Our prayers can go where we cannot. … There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” –Brother Andrew
Today, Open Doors works in more than 60 countries—serving persecuted Christians where faith costs the most.
We’re present—on the ground—and understand the full story, not just sound bites or secondhand reports. We pull back the curtain to inspire and invite others to be part of the amazing story God is writing for His Church worldwide.
Because of our frontline access, we are uniquely set up to connect you with your persecuted family.
Persecuted believers—like Rohan in India, Abdu in Iraq and Esther in Nigeria—believe God is in control and He will bring good out of their current situation.
They truly believe as the Apostle Paul testifies, that no amount of persecution will be able to separate them from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38–39).
And we want them to know they’re not alone … that the worldwide Church stands with them.
This is our family. This is our responsibility. This is our mission.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support that enables us to strengthen the Church in the most dangerous places.