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Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims. It’s a period of fasting and praying, reflection, and gathering together as a community.
But for Christians in Muslim countries, Ramadan can be an isolating, even dangerous time. It’s especially hard for secret Christians who come from Muslim backgrounds. They must either hide their faith and pretend to follow Ramadan or reveal their faith and face ostracism, anger and even violence from their families and communities.
With the spread of coronavirus, much of the usual ways of celebrating Ramadan are not possible. But imagine what it is like for a secret Christian, locked in with their family. There really might be no escape.
So please will you pray with and support our persecuted brothers and sisters during this time?
We’re Called Together As One Body
One Egyptian believer said, “As much excitement as the Islamic holy month brings to Muslims, it does carry a great deal of burdens and concerns to the Christian community.
“It is a very long 30 days during which Christians in schools, work or public spaces will receive harsh looks and verbal harassment because of their faith. There have even been some cases where Christians have faced physical violence because they were caught eating their lunch by their fasting Muslim co-workers or neighbours.”
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)
We’re Called To Make Disciples
David* was born in Syria. One day, he met a Christian who encouraged him to read the gospel.
“God started to touch my heart. I was totally surprised,” David said. “This felt like the real God, the God I had been searching for.”
God has the power to transform lives, and He calls us to share the good news of His grace and glory; we are called to make disciples.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
We Come as one to build His kingdom
Ramadan is a time when Open Doors partners work harder than ever to connect with and support secret believers. But because Ramadan is also a time of reflection and prayer, it is also a time when many Muslims find themselves asking questions about Jesus.
So, please pray with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world at this time. Please help Open Doors partners in building the Kingdom through:
- helping believers reach Muslims with the gospel
- equipping Christians to offer proper discipleship to new believers
- offering emotional and practical support as they endure persecution
- supporting underground believer communities and help them find identity in Christ.
Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7–8)
As thousands of Muslims around the world stop to pray and fast and seek God, please pray that they will find Jesus – the real truth that they are seeking.
* Names changed for security purposes