Nothing stops the church. Not war. Not persecution. Not even Covid-19 pandemic. But none of this is possible without prayer or the support of the worldwide Christian family.
Pastor George has seen it all. The extremist ideology of Islamic State of Syria. The invasion of the Turkish army. Persecution and poverty driving thousands of Christians to leave their country.
The Syrian church has been shrinking in size, yet growing in strength. New believers from a Muslim background have been risking everything to follow Jesus and join the church.
Sadly, the pandemic has left these courageous new believers even more vulnerable. Cut off from their families for choosing a new faith, they no longer have a safety net for support.
That’s why Open Doors is helping churches like George’s become Centres of Hope across the Middle East. The church is a great support network. There in the heart of the local community, supported by a global family.
- Every HK$470 could provide a monthly food relief pack for a persecuted family in Syria.
- Every HK$600 could contribute to medical care for a believer in Syria.
- Every HK$710 could provide a kit of winter clothes and blankets to help a family survive the upcoming winter.
“Everyone who suffers for his faith in Christ has the right to assistance from that part of the body that Christ has blessed with liberty, knowledge and resources.” – Brother Andrew
LAST IN LINEChristians urgently need food and aid during Covid-19
Persecuted believers isolated by COVID-19 lock-down need your help.
Discrimination is widespread in distribution of aid. Countless stories have reached us of Christians being overlooked or left out.
Covid-19 lockdown stopped life as we know it. But it didn’t stop persecution for Christians in Africa.
Rose lost her husband in April when the Fulani attacked her village. She lost her livelihood when the government locked down her region (Read Rose’s story). Rose tells us:
“We were happy when government announced food aid for the poor. But we were left out. We received none of that food.”
Every HK$500 could provide a month’s relief supplies of food and soap for a family in Africa – as well as other emergency needs such as rent or medicine.
Open Doors has identified more than 15,000 Christian families across Sub-Saharan Africa are facing starvation and violent persecution, with no other means of support. Will you stand with them and help them survive?
In many cases we are their only source of help.
Same as Indian Christians, they are often last in line for official coronavirus aid. Huge numbers lost their jobs when the pandemic came, and urgently need food. Will you help?
Every HK$310 could deliver urgent aid to a believer isolated by persecution and Covid-19 in Asia.
“People are so desperate,” says Akash*, an Open Doors partner. “We provide them with food and people have tears in their eyes while receiving it, as if we are giving them a treasure.”
*Name changed for security reasons
*Any excess funds from this appeal will be used to support vital long term work for Christians facing high levels of persecution.
Bring hope and healing to Christians in Nigeria
“I was so traumatised; my husband is gone, and Boko Haram had captured our village. We had nothing except the clothes on our body.”
As a Christian, Rikiya was targeted by extremists.
As a widow, she faced social exclusion.
As a mother, she needed to provide for her children.
Rikiya’s husband fell ill and after two days he died. For Rikiya, the sudden loss of her husband was only the beginning.
Just one month later, she found herself hiding with her children in a primary school as bullets flew over their heads. Islamic extremists Boko Haram were attacking her village, burning her home, and leaving them with nothing.
When Rikiya returned home, traumatized, all she could do was build a small shelter out of burnt metal from the rubble.
As a widow, she faced exclusion from her community. You might expect a bereaved mother to find compassion and help, but in Nigeria, a widow’s social status is very low. And a Christian widow is often vulnerable on two counts – her gender and her faith.
We find Rikiya’s story hard to hear. But with the help of faithful supporter, Open Doors is able to help her. She has received trauma counselling as well as a microloan to buy two goats. The goats give birth to two kids every season, which Rikiya can sell to pay for food, crops or schooling.
Could you give to bring hope and healing back to traumatized women like Rikiya?
Rikiya has begun the long road to recovery – and many like her face this same hard journey. With your support and prayers, they won’t have to make that journey alone, without hope. Rikiya says:
“All of this has made me closer to God than I have ever been… You are the ones who brought hope and healing back to me.”
We believe, with your support today, we can see change. We can help Christians like Rikiya to make peace with their trauma and build a new life for their families, secure in their knowledge of God’s love for them.
Thanks to the support of people like you, Open Doors’ Trauma Centre, opened its doors officially in March 2019. It is specially set up for Christians in Nigeria who have suffered all sorts of trauma and persecution, and provides a temporary respite and place of healing for them. The Centre also trains the Nigerian church to provide trauma care for their people.
Every HK$540 could provide trauma care and long term spiritual healing for a Nigerian woman who has suffered violent persecution.
*Please note that when the project is fully funded, your donation will go to where most needed.