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Open Doors works in over 60 countries, supplying Bibles, training Church Leaders, providing practical support  and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith.  In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.  

The ministry of Open Doors has its origins in one man and one journey.  In 1955, a young Dutchman went to Warsaw and discovered the existence of a persecuted church.  He became known as Brother Andres and from 1955 to 1967 he travelled throughout Eastern Europe, delivering scriptures, encouraging persecuted believers and recruiting others to help him.  The publication of  'God's Smuggler' in 1967 catapulted Andrew to worldwide renown.  An entire generation caught the vision of supporting the persecuted church.  

Open Doors' purpose is to strengthen an equip the body of Christ living under or facing restriction and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage their involvement in world envangelism by:

  • Providing Bibles and literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development and through intercessory prayer; 
  • Preparing the body of Christ living in threatened or unstable areas to face persecution and suffering; and 
  • Educating and mobilising the body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and be actively involved in assisting them.

Open Doors have 7 Core Values;
  • We are:  Part of the Body of Christ; a "People to People" People.
  • 'Persecuted Church' driven.
  • People of the Bible. 
  • People of Prayer.
  • Living and Working by Faith.
  • Devoted to Jesus Christ with his Commission. 
  • Motivated solely for the glory of God. 
1 Corinthians 12:26 says "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;  if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it".  When one member suffers, all member suffer with him, all doors are open and God enables his body to go into all the world and preach the gospel. 

Open Doors have been asking God to give them a vision of how the church in the UK and Ireland can stand shoulder to shoulder with persecuted Christians - churches can help by becoming a partner church. 

 Madeley Baptist Church is a partner Church and as a partner church we are asked to :
  • Hold at least one persecuted church service per year. 
  • Pray regularly as a whole church.
  • Engage with emergency appeals as and when Open Doors launch them.
  • Share petitions that call on our political leaders to support persecuted Christians.  

As a partner church Madeley Baptist Church has an Open Doors representative who would really appreciate it if you remember persecuted Christians in your prayers.  To guide you in this we receive regular emails from Open Doors in order to inform us of the latest news and to guide us in our prayers.  Please see below and press the link to open the articles.  In addition The World Watch List is Open Doors annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.  If you click on the World Watch List link above you can explore the country profiles to find information, stories and prayers for each of the countries on the World Watch List.  

World Watch List - Global Trends in 2019 (In Brief for further information click on the link)
  • North Korea (1) tops the World Watch List for the 18th year in a row.  Despite its ranking in the top slot it did free three Korean-American Christians from a North Korean prison.
  • Persecution of Christians is getting worse.  Five years ago only one country - North Korea - was ranked in the 'extreme' category for its level of persecution of Christians.  This year, 11 countries score enough to fit that category. 
  • China (27) has risen 16 places in the list after new Regulations for Religious Affairs came into force in February 2018. 
  • In Myanmar (18) tens of thousands of members of the Karen tribe - a majority-Christian ethnic tribe - have been killed and at least 120,000 displaced. 
  • India (10) has entered the top ten for the first time.  The BJP-led government continues to promote an extremist militant Hindu agenda.  
  • In Turkey (26) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stirring up ultra-nationalistic sentiment for some time and this has caused added difficulties for Christians in Turkey, especially Evangelicals. 
  • As radical Islam has been forced out of the Middle East, it has spread into sub-Saharan Africa.  Almost 30 violent Islamic extremist groups are known to be active in the region. 
  • Islamic militants have also gained strength in failed states like Somalia (3), Libya (4) and Yemen (8), where they continue to recruit, and capture pockets of territory.
  • The two places where Christians suffer the most violence are Nigeria (12) and Pakistan (5).
28.11.2019 - People were surprised when they saw my wife walking - George, Aleppo (18.7KB)
21.11.2019 - Rojina, Bangladesh, now my dream is to live out a life of Christlikeness (20.2KB)
14.11.2019 - Tirham, Nigeria. There's no one that has come here and left the same (20.7KB)
07.11.2019 - The Berlin Wall 30 years on. The power of prayer in healing the divide (19.7KB)
31.10.2019 - Jina, Syria, Oh Lord, I just ask you to return my husband safe and sound (19.5KB)
24.10.2019 - Your Prayers and Gifts are Changing Lives in Northern Syria (19.6KB)
17.10.2019 - Pastor Salah, Algeria, Pray that the Lord will be with us (19.6KB)
10.10.2019 - Bashar, Iraq, Remaining faithful to God as a refugee (19.6KB)
03.10.2019 - Come and see the handmade petition at Westminster Abbey in November (19.6KB)
26.09.2019 - Vartouhi, Syria; I start my day with pray in my house (20.3KB)
20.09.2019 - New report reveals that Nigeria has highest number of missing people (19.7KB)
12.09.2019 - My dream is that we have peace; Children in Iraq have hope again (19.6KB)
05.09.2019 - We want to invest in the children. Back to school in Syria (19.9KB)
29.08.2019 - George from Syria - I thank God for this project - it is perfect for me (19.3KB)
22.08.2019 - A Day to Remember - UN Commemorates Victims of Faith-Based Violence (19.2KB)
15.08.2019 - Believers in hiding in Bangladesh find support through Open Doors (21.8KB)
08.08.2019 - Rohan Forgave His Persecutors (19.9KB)
01.08.2019 - Healed Attacked Healed Again - This is Kuldeep's Story (19.3KB)
25.07.2019 - Please pray for Mahrokh and Fatemeh as they face Court in Iran (19.5KB)
18.07.2019 - Maruc - He will give us strength to go through what we need to go through (19.9KB)

Rachael Mortimer, 09/06/2019