The power of encouragement
Early on in his ministry, Open Doors founder—Brother Andrew—gave his first impromptu sermon in a Communist country where the expression of religion was restricted. When he finished speaking, the local pastor approached Andrew and said, “We want to thank you for being here. Even if you had not said a word, just seeing you would have meant so much. We feel at times as if we are all alone in our struggle.”
What Andrew heard that day is feedback we still hear from persecuted Christians today. Persecuted believers—who often live in a region where they are far outnumbered by followers of other religions—routinely tell us that they are isolated, boycotted, ostracized, harassed, unjustly imprisoned and even attacked. As a result, these believers are often deeply touched when they learn that Christians from other parts of the world are praying for them
For this reason, Open Doors offers these opportunities like letter writing campaigns and encouragement walls so that we can let these brothers and sisters in Christ know that they are not alone. We would be so grateful if you would take a minute to write a brief message of encouragement to them.
Send messages of solidarity to the parents of the Chibok Girls
It has been five years since April 14th, 2014, when the nightmare unfolded for the parents of Nigerian schoolgirls—such as Yana Gana (mother of Rifkatu) and Hannatu Duada (mother of Saratu). Let’s remind Yana, Hannatu and other parents who are still waiting that they are our family, that we have not forgotten them and their daughters.
Send encouragement to Esther
While Esther was in Boko Haram captivity (October 2015 – November 2016), she was under constant pressure to denounce her faith. In her heart, she decided: If I perish, I perish. But I will not become a Muslim. Will you join us in coming alongside Esther—a member of our Christian family—by sending her a card of encouragement?
Encourage Aisha—a survivor of sexual violence in Nigeria
Would you take a few minutes and write this brave sister in Christ a letter of encouragement? Let Aisha know that the world is hearing about what she and women in northern Nigeria are going through. That we are listening to their stories. And that they are not alone.
Send messages of hope to Iraq and Syria
Hope is dawning in the Middle East. Each month, we will focus on a new letter-writing theme as we encourage our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria. We think you’ll enjoy playing a part in what is happening there.
Strengthen imprisoned believers in Iran
Throughout history, God has used persecution as part of His sovereign plan to spread His gospel and strengthen believers. Scripture tells us repeatedly that we will not always understand God’s ways. But we continue to pray even when things don’t make sense in our heads and hearts, trusting God and His wisdom–remembering that He is good.
Send encouragement to a believer in North Korea
Right now, in North Korea, many people like you—fathers, mothers, pastors, and church leaders—find themselves in scary situations without much support. You can join us in working to change that. Write a letter to your North Korean brothers and sisters today.