"Don’t Be Afraid When Persecution Comes"
The persecuted church remains one of the most hope-filled stories on the planet.
Bahia*, a 22-year-old from India told us, “Don’t be afraid when persecution comes to you. It’s part of Christian life. It’s a privilege to be persecuted. Don’t become sad or discouraged.”
As a ministry, we’re not here to end persecution. We say that this is one of the most hope-filled stories because persecution is a sign of successful Christianity.
Because of your support, Open Doors is on the ground strengthening the church in the face of persecution. You're helping believers shine brightly for Jesus and strengthening them through access to God’s Word, basic needs like food and water, and skills to work.
This Christmas will you help us continue this gospel-advancing work by giving to the persecuted church?
Every Christmas, we ask for your support of the persecuted church. It’s one of the most dangerous times of the year for believers. We would like to ask you to pray and give.
Persecution often increases around Christian holidays, like Christmas. Please pray for believers who will face persecution this Christmas.
A pastor in Egypt asked us to pray with them:
"We ask that we will be bold and clear in sharing our faith," he said, "that we will be faithful in that persecution even if it costs us our lives. Will you tell your friends to pray these prayers with us?"
Country Focus: Iraq
In Iraq, this is how your help is making a difference this year:
“Only the Word of God can rebuild a human... My dream is to reach all people in Iraq with the Holy Bible.” – Bible Distribution Partner
We believe the Word of God has the power to change people.
“My hope for the future of the church in Iraq is a church that can thrive, not just survive.” – Training Partner
Training programs strengthen believers in their faith for when persecution comes.
“We have many relatives asking us to come join them [overseas]. But we want to stay here.” – Small Business Loan Recipient
Right now, practical support looks like creating jobs and helping families start again.