One of the most beautiful aspects of Christianity for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world are the stories from the Bible of those who came before who were persecuted. The Bible is rich with accounts of people who suffered for their faith in different ways
Sometimes a testimony from a brother or sister halfway across the world grabs you by the heart and won’t let go. And you know you can’t do anything right then but drop to your knees and pray. That is the case with Amiel*, a young man in Central Asia.
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.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, emergency relief is on its way to thousands of families in Sub-Saharan Africa.
For persecuted Christians, a third wave of COVID-19 in places like Nigeria, Sudan and Mali has worsened their situation.
But because of supporters like you, local partners can deliver emergency relief like food and clothes to more than 17,000 families.
A church leader is one of the latest victims of growing violence in Nigeria. One day later, extremists attacked a nearby village, killing another 11 people. 10 of the victims were members of Pastor Silas’ church.
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.