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OPEN DOORS 

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 - 2021 Trends (In Brief for further information click on the link)
  • 2021 marks the twentieth year that North Korea has been at the top of the Open Doors World Watch List.  While Christians face the most extreme persecution there, Afghanistan (2) and Somalia (3) are not far behind.  
  • Nigeria rises three places: more Christians are killed for their faith in Nigeria than the rest of the world combines.  Violence in sub-Saharan Africa is also why DRC (40) and Mozambique (45) are in the top 50 this year, up from 57 and 66 respectively.  
  • Praise God, Sudan has fallen six places on the World Watch List - since former president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted, Islamic law has been removed and religious freedom is progressing.  
  • Despite being a Christian country, increasing violence from cartels sees Colombia rise 11 places.  It's a similar story for Mexico, up from number 52 last year. 
  • China was at number 43 in 2018, and continues a dramatic rise up the World Watch List - believers are intensely monitored by the state, using sophisticated and oppressive technology. 
  • Violence against Christians in Iraq has increased sharply in the past year, which is why the country is four places higher than on the World Watch List 2020.
 


 
Rachael Mortimer, 09/06/2019