Shanti from India has suffered multiple beatings and rejection since she put her faith in Jesus, but she will not leave Him. Thanks to you, Open Doors partners have been able to support her and her family and sustain them in their walk with God.
The burqas covering women from head to toe are back. The men with rifles slung across their shoulders have become permanent fixtures on the streets. Just two of many indicators of what life will be like in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Saad and Fatimah, two of the few secret believers in the country, have chosen to stay in their homeland. For more than 40 years, their families have practiced their Christian faith in the shadows.
Following the news about Afghanistan makes it easy to feel helpless, especially at the scale of these developments. The barrage of disheartening news can feel overwhelming, but our brothers and sisters in the thick of it all are responding with faith. The one thing they ask the global church right now is to pray for them. Through prayer, we can respond in faith the same way they do.
In India, the 10th most dangerous place to follow Jesus, Christians are putting their lives on the line every day. In the country worst hit by COVID-19, persecution is also higher than ever. But you have made a difference.
Creating Art In Afghanistan – ‘Everything Beautiful Is Considered Infidel; Signs Of Hope Are Removed’
Sharifullah* is a traditional craftsman in Afghanistan. He is also a secret believer, devoting his life to shepherding the people God has entrusted into his care. He and the small group of people he has mentored have spent many years turning sketches and ancient designs into colourful masterpieces, reaching out to their community with the gospel and their craft intertwined.
When the Vietnamese government gave money for vital water tanks, six Christian families in an animist region were denied this crucial help. But Open Doors supporters stepped in and helped-thank you!