Three Places You Could Smuggle a Bible

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By Emily Watt | 22 February 2021

Through the support of the Australian church, Open Doors has been smuggling Bibles into some of the most dangerous countries around the world for over 65 years.

In some countries, owning a Bible could have you arrested, attacked or even killed. Yet for over six decades, Open Doors has been receiving requests for the Word of God to be delivered to the most dangerous countries on the planet.

These are three places you could help smuggle Bibles in 2021.

Arabian Peninsula

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The Arabian Peninsula is home to some of the most hostile countries on the planet when it comes to Christianity. In places like Yemen, Oman or Saudi Arabia getting a Bible into the hands of a Christian can be difficult. Even illegal.

Smuggling the Word of God is so dangerous, for security reasons we can’t tell you exactly where these Bibles go. We also can’t share the names of our field partners as they continually risk their lives to get the gospel to Christians in the Arabian Peninsula.

Judah* is one of them:

“I said to the pastors: ‘You will feed your people, but why not feed them with the Word of God as well?’

“Many people who couldn’t afford a Bible were given one. Isn’t that the best gift you can think of?

“If it wasn’t for (Open Doors), we couldn’t have distributed these Bibles. You are really standing behind us in supporting the church here.”


In Nigeria, persecuted Christian children are often the most affected by violence, conflict and extremism.

Without a home, family or support, thousands of displaced children in Nigeria are in desperate need of hope. Open Doors is committed to ensuring that the life-changing message of the gospel can reach even the littlest believers.

Ibrahim* received a Children’s Bible while living in a refugee camp.

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“Wow, I am so happy to receive a copy of the Bible today,” he said.

“I had been asking my father to buy one for me when he was alive, but today I got it. I am so happy. I will learn how to trust in God through the Word of God. I am so happy!”

Central Asia

In some parts of Central Asia, owning and sharing a Bible could have you charged with religious extremism and thrown into jail.

But for Christians like Ilmur*, a former addict and criminal, receiving a Bible from Open Doors was worth every risk.

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He said, “God showed us Matthew 6:33, which says, ‘But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ My wife and I read it again and decided to root ourselves in this Word.

“After a while, we started seeing change happen in the lives of our sons. It’s a miracle to us.

“We want to say thank you. We are very grateful for the support you give us. We pray for you and we bless you.”

You Can Smuggle A Bible

From the Arabian Peninsula to Nigeria to Central Asia, the Word of God is changing lives.

Do you want to be a part of our gospel-advancing ministry?

For $20, you can smuggle a Bible to a Christian in need and help ensure that the life-changing Word of God can continue transforming lives, even in the darkest corners of the world.

Will you smuggle a Bible today?

*Name changed for security purposes.

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For $20, you can smuggle a Bible to a persecuted Christian.

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