What type of organisation is Open Doors?
Open Doors is a Christian ministry, providing Bibles, training, and practical helps to strengthen the persecuted church.
Where does Open Doors get its information from?
Because Open Doors works with indigenous Christians, and as a result of our longstanding underground network, the sources of our information are almost always directly from the field, based on eyewitness accounts from our contacts.
In addition, we refer to news reports published in the countries where the events have taken place, and news services including World Watch Monitor News Service, which reports on Christian persecution exclusively.
What does Open Doors take to the churches you support?
It is our policy that the church determines the need, and together with them, we try to find answers to their needs.
Every country has different needs and every church has its own unique struggles. We are careful not to push our own agenda on the church.
If a pastor needs a pulpit, we help supply that. If they request Bibles, we are quick to provide what we can. We have also helped with economic relief, rebuilding of destroyed churches and whatever else our brothers and sisters have requested.
Which Bibles do you distribute?
Most of the work Open Doors does takes place in non-English speaking countries, so the Bibles we distribute are most often in other languages.
What are your training programmes like?
Our training varies, depending on the country and depending on the need of Christians in that country.
For example, in several countries in Africa, we concentrate on building up church leaders, most of whom have little or no previous pastoral training. The training is done for one week each month, for ten months. The course is completed in three years with the emphasis on faithful men who are able to teach others.
It is unique and valuable because it was developed locally, and students are not taken out of their community during their schooling. They stay in touch with their real world and apply teachings immediately.
Fellowship is possible between pastors and students, and tutors are also local residents who are in touch with the real needs of the students.
In some countries the difficulties are still very great, but the dedication of the students and teachers keeps the programme alive.
In countries where training must be absolutely secret, seminars are arranged for several days, and everyone stays in seclusion for the entire time. Again, these training courses and seminars vary according to the country, but we have taught on topics such as “The Faithful Pastor,” “The Kingdom of God,” “Christian Leadership,” and “Preaching and Teaching.”
One of our most powerful seminars is “Standing Strong Through the Storm”. It seeks to teach Christians living in high-risk areas how to thrive under severe persecution and suffering.
Is Open Doors connected to Brother Andrew?
Yes. Open Doors was set up by Brother Andrew in 1955. That was when he began smuggling Bibles into Eastern European countries that were part of the Communist bloc then.
Has the ministry of Open Doors changed in any way since 1955?
Our ministry started off smuggling Bibles to countries in the Communist bloc. Since then, in response to the varying needs of persecuted Christians all over the world, we have expanded our ministry into three main categories: providing Bibles and Christian resources, training, and practical help.
How does Open Doors work in affected areas?
We work through local partners, churches, and believers to serve the persecuted church in over 60 countries. We build long-term relationships with the locals who advise us on the needs of the believers as they know their own communities the best. We will also assess if the local church needs to be strengthened, and whether or not the gospel is shared.
Which countries are Open Doors active in?
We are actively serving persecuted Christians in over 60 countries. At the same time, we also have offices in more than 20 countries to be a voice for the persecuted church.
Where are Christians most persecuted?
Every year, Open Doors publishes the World Watch List, a ranking of 50 countries where it is the most dangerous to follow Jesus.
Does Open Doors work with other Christian organisations?
We believe that we have a specific role in the kingdom of God, and in order to accomplish our mission, working in cooperation with churches and other Christian organisation is a must.
Does Open Doors belong to a particular denomination?
No. We are a para-church organisation. We define Christians as anyone who professes the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Where does Open Doors get its funding?
Almost all of our funds are received from the donation of churches and individuals. God uses His people to support His people.
Are donations given to Open Doors tax deductible?
Open Doors Hong Kong Limited is a tax-exempt charity (under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance). Accumulated donations of HK$100 and above are tax deductible with a receipt in Hong Kong.
How are you held accountable financially?
Open Doors Hong Kong Limited is a charitable institutions, which are exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (IR File No. 91/15048).
We produce an annual budget which is approved by Open Doors International, and we report our progress monthly.
Our accounts are audited annually by an independent firm of auditors.
Our Annual Review is available on our website and full audited accounts are available on request.