Help families in Syria like Abraham's shine with hope
Your support this Christmas will help provide a brighter future for Abraham and Jina
Christmas is a time to look out for family, and that includes our persecuted family.
Jina lost her husband six years ago when he was kidnapped by Islamic extremists, leaving her to raise their one year old son, Abraham alone. It is heartbreaking to think that Jina and Abraham, among the most vulnerable people left in Syria, have to worry about the basics like where their food is coming from everyday, even at Christmas.
Will you help shine the light of Christ into the darkest places this Christmas?
Your gifts and prayers can bring hope to vulnerable families devastated by persecution.
The recent instability in northern Syria is a reminder of how volatile the region is. The cost of living has increased ten-fold since the war, making life almost impossible for families with young children who’ve lost their breadwinners. It’s thanks to your long-term support and prayers that our local church partners are able to support the most vulnerable – and respond immediately when crises strike.
That’s why Open Doors’ Hope for the Middle East campaign is so vital this Christmas: a seven-year campaign mobilising the church around the world to pray, give and speak out for the survival of the church in the Middle East.
Every HK$350 can provide a supplementary food pack and fuel aid to help a vulnerable Syrian family survive the harsh winter.
Every HK$4400 can help provide training and a loan so that women can open a small business to support their family.
One of the greatest things about Christmas is the promise of Emmanuel: God with us. God’s presence is His promise to us, even in our darkest hours. And that’s what we can be for Christians in the Middle East. Our prayers, our gifts of love from whatever we have, all help Jina and families like hers to know that God is with them.
Isn’t that the best Christmas gift we can give?
*Please note that when the project is fully funded, your donation will go to where most needed.
Send Bibles and food to persecuted Christians
Over our years of ministry, we see a common lack of two necessities for persecuted Christians around the world: food and the Word of God.
The Bible tells us that, “man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
However, there are hundreds of thousands of believers worldwide who do not have enough food (and other basic necessities) or a copy of the Bible, or both.
Just like us, these Christians need to be fed physically and spiritually, so that they can be strong witnesses for Christ in their communities.
John* was one of the first children in Vietnam to receive a children’s Bible that was printed with the support of Open Doors. Now a teenager, he still remembers how he used to read the Bible every morning. “Every morning, I woke up and read the Bible. It gave me a knowledge of the Word. It led me to learn how I can pray, how I can talk to my friends about God.”
Will you provide physical and spiritual sustenance to our persecuted brothers and sisters today?
You will be feeding the bodies and souls of Christians who suffer for their faith in Christ.
In Northern Nigeria, whole villages have been destroyed and adult Christian men killed by Muslim extremists, leaving behind destitute survivors. A Nigerian pastor told us that, “there is a clear need for more widows and youths to get loans… With the micro loans, persecuted believers are able to generate their own income through trade or farm produce.”
Every HK$50 can put a Bible in the hands of a believer.
Every HK$400 can enable a persecuted Christian to earn a living by starting a small business.
*Please also note that when the project is fully funded, your donation will go to where most needed.
Change Their Story
You are probably aware of the persecution against Christians in many parts of the world. But did you know that Christian women are two times more susceptible to persecution because of their gender?
Young Christian girls in rural Egypt are abducted by Muslim extremists, and then forced to convert to Islam and marry much older Muslim men. They may also face sexual harassment from their Muslim employers at work, even rape.
When these events have happened, the girls are too ashamed to seek help from anyone, and many have chosen to die rather than live with the shame.
We want to change these stories of shame and tragedy into stories of strength and victory in Christ.
Will you join us in changing the stories of persecuted Christian women, and give to support them?
Your gift will enable us to hold trauma counselling workshops for those who have experienced violence, provide a safe and encouraging space for women to share and grow together, provide necessities to widows, as well as train them to minister to other women.
Thank you for your support! This project is now fully funded. You can also donate to where most needed or to other projects.
SEND FOOD TO NORTH KOREA
With the release of the 2019 World Watch List, it is clear that persecuted Christians are facing unprecedented pressure for their faith, and the need is greater than ever.
There was a great famine in North Korea in the 1990s. Today, the situation has not changed much. Even though food can be bought on the black market, it is too expensive for normal citizens to afford. There are sthousands of Christians living in North Korea suffering now from both hunger and persecution for their faith.
“Please do not reduce the amount of food you send us,” church leaders tell us. “You don’t know what it is like to go hungry.”