Podcast: Crochet & Running: An Interview with Justine Shapiro - Episode 11

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Image: Justine (right) running in Jordan.
By Beth Ross | 28 May 2018

Open Doors LIVE is a monthly podcast from Open Doors Australia, hosted by Mike Gore and James Kozina. 

This podcast brings the persecuted church to life, with each episode containing life changing stories, accurate updates on events and trends in persecution, and biblically based discussion.



Episode 11 Overview

Content warning: this piece discusses mental health and eating disorders.

Justine journeyed from a severe eating disorder and drugs to a life of passion and purpose. She’s twenty-eight, loves crocheting and ran a marathon in the Middle East to raise funds for the persecuted church.

In this in-betweener-sode:

  • Find out what happens when Jesus becomes real.
  • What it’s like to visit a refugee camp on the Syrian border. 
  • How crochet and running have anything to do with the above.



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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.

James Kozina oversees Church Engagement across Australia & New Zealand. He regularly speaks in churches, has met with persecuted believers in the field, and is passionate about seeing the survival of the gospel in both the persecuted church and the free church. 

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.