You Can Make A Difference For Pastor Koh & Others Missing In Malaysia
This is your opportunity to stand alongside Pastor Raymond Koh, who was kidnapped over a year ago, and three others who were also abducted.
A police whistle-blower came forward indicating that Pastor Koh and one of the others were taken by the Special Branch of the Malaysian police. Would you ask the new Malaysian government to investigate the disappearance of Pastor Koh, and the three other abducted Christians?
We’re Asking You To:
- Download and print this letter.
- Write your name and country (don’t write your address, don’t mention Open Doors).
- Send your signed letter to us at: 11/10 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154 or email a scanned copy to email@example.com
Please pray for Pastor Koh, the other abducted Christians and their families. You can sign up to stay updated with this campaign.
Image above: Susanna Koh talking with supporters during a candlelight vigil for her husband.
We’ll send you any updates on this advocacy campaign.
Encourage Esther From Nigeria
Esther* a 17-year-old girl from Gwoza, Nigeria was kidnapped by Boko Haram in October 2015.
Along with another group of girls, Esther was taken to a hideout in the forest. When the girls refused to become Muslims, they were beaten and assaulted. Esther soon became pregnant.
“I felt that God had forsaken me. There were times when I was so angry with God... But still, I could not get myself to renounce Him. I found myself remembering His promise to never leave me or forsake me.”
A year later Esther was rescued and able to return home. Her community rejected her.
“They mocked me because I was pregnant,” she said. “Even my grandparents despised me and called me names. I cried many tears. I felt so lonely. What broke my heart even more was that they refused to call my daughter Rebecca. They referred to her as ‘Boko’.”
Since Esther’s return she has received trauma counselling from Open Doors. Your support has helped her to work through anger, pain and shame. She said she now feels she can forgive her captors.
We would like to invite supporters to write a letter of encouragement to Esther.
Please send cards and letters by 30 September to Open Doors Australia, 11/10 Gladstone Rd, Castle Hill, 2154
*Name changed for security purposes
- Print clearly in English
- Be brief and encouraging
- Provide your name and country (not your full address)
- It is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children and postcards (send postcards in an envelope, do not write Open Doors' address on the postcard)
- Please don't mention Open Doors
- Don't send money
- Please don't criticise a country or make proposals to help
Hope For The Middle East
Open Doors created an app for Christians in the Middle East, to connect you with the persecuted church.
Write a message of hope, and we'll share it in the app!
Pastor Dayaratne and Mala
In 2001, Pastor Dayaratne and his wife Mala opened the Agape Children’s Village in Sri Lanka, caring for abandoned, orphaned and abused children. Due to government pressure and a media smear campaign, Agape Children’s Village was forced to close in April 2013. As they wait to appeal their case, they continue their work through Agape Without Walls, educating children in rural villages and visiting the children who used to stay with them, now on the streets. Currently at Agape one of the buildings is being renovated, jointly supported by Open Doors contributions and the pastor’s own finances.
At the beginning of 2016 Open Doors Australia ran a writing campaign to encourage Pastor Dayaratne and Mala. In July these letters, together with cards from supporters all around the world, were delivered to the family. They were received with great joy.
“The main weapon we have as Christians to face persecution is prayer. We are here because our Christian brothers and sisters prayed for us.” - Pastor Dayaratne
We asked Christians in Australia to write letters of encouragement to Sharifa from Cameroon. Sharifa’s husband was killed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, leaving her alone to care for her three children. Open Doors has been supporting her financially and recently visited Sharifa’s family to deliver the letters of encouragement.
“When I see the letters, I realise that brothers and sisters are thinking about me in my suffering, in my difficulty,” Sharifa said. “The kids have been doing well in school, but Perside and Charite have often had malaria which keeps them out of school. I have also been struggling with malaria. Thank you so much for bringing the cards. Please thank all who have been writing. As they are praying for me, so am I for them. May God bless them all!”
Open Doors will continue to minister to the family. Sharifa asked us to please continue praying for their health, that the Lord will cause an awakening amongst the church members and that they will persevere in the faith.
Earlier this year, Open Doors launched a letter-writing campaign for Mercy James in Nigeria - a victim of Boko Haram, who was abducted and held in captivity. When Open Doors met Mercy last year, she had been left to live in an internally displaced people's (IDP) camp. Open Doors sought to help her with counselling, medical expenses, income generation and encouragement through your letters.
Now 23, Mercy forms a much more hopeful picture. "The transformation has been so radical, that was hard to recognise her," wrote an Open Doors worker. Today, Mercy lives with a foster family, and with the support of Open Doors, has started a tailoring business.
Open Doors, together with international visitors, went to see Mercy in order to pray with her, encourage her, and deliver the all-important letters. When she saw the letters, Mercy burst into joyful laughter. "I am so happy because I know that I am not alone and that other believers out there are praying for me. I am overwhelmed and my heart is filled with joy seeing Open Doors here again. Words cannot express the joy and peace I have."
Jeovani, Steven and Dieu
In 2015 we ran a writing campaign for Jeovani, and were overwhelmed by your response. We're excited to bring you an update on this brave boy and his friends.
Life for Jeovani, Steven and Dieu changed dramatically on April 14, 2013, when Séléka forces fired three RPG missiles into their Sunday church meeting in Bangui. Seven people died and 33 were seriously injured. Since 2013, CAR’s capital city, Bangui, has been rocked by sectarian violence between the Islamic extremist Séléka rebels and forces of the Christian majority. Sitting on a bench in Sunday school when two of the missiles exploded through the roof, Jeovani’s legs were so badly damaged, they both needed to be amputated. Both Steven and Dieu also lost a leg.
Open Doors has been a constant presence in the lives of these three boys over the last two years, and have recently had them fitted with new prosthetic legs. Still struggling to walk, Jeovani has had extra surgery to help ease his movement and Dieu recently lost his mother to a protracted illness. As all three families are suffering financially, Open Doors has been paying for the boy’s school fees.