By Emily Watt 21 February 2022

Podcast: The Hidden Persecution Of Christian Women

Open Doors LIVE is a monthly podcast unpacking stories from the persecuted church that will challenge everything you know about faith, Jesus and the Church.

Open Doors LIVE is hosted by Mike Gore, Jocelyn Goto and produced by Beth Westwood.

Open Doors LIVE Podcast – Episode 70: The Hidden Persecution Of Christian Women

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Doors World Watch Research discovered an alarming trend in gender-specific religious persecution – a hidden epidemic of forced marriage and abuse being experienced by Christian women, targeted for both their faith and gender.

In this episode, Jocelyn Goto and producer Beth Westwood share stories from the field of persecuted women who impact their life, their suffering and how we can equip the Church to respond with love and bring restoration.

In this episode:

  • How some women are systematically targetted to persecute and put pressure on the church
  • Hear a harrowing story of a young girl trapped in a false marriage during COVID-19.
  • How God is building His Church through remarkable, resilient women.



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About The Hosts

Mike Gore is the CEO of Open Doors Australia & New Zealand. He’s been with the ministry for almost 10 years and has travelled extensively to meet persecuted Christians in the field. He’s been chased by secret police and smuggled Bibles to Muslim background believers.

Jocelyn Goto is an excellent communicator and shares her journey with the persecuted church with humility and authenticity. Jocelyn has travelled with the ministry and is constantly amazed by the faith of believers in some of the most contested countries on the planet.

Bethany Westwood has been the producer of the Open Doors Live Podcast since 2017, and has travelled to the field to meet with persecuted believers in places like Iraq and Central Asia, to bring back stories that encouraged and challenge our faith.

This podcast is brought to you by Open Doors Australia & New Zealand

Open Doors began in 1955 when Brother Andrew smuggled Bibles to persecuted Christians. We now work in over 70 countries supporting Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. To find out what it’s like to be a Christian in the most dangerous places on the planet, check out our World Watch List.