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What is Christian persecution?

Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

According to The Pew Research Center, over 75 percent of the world’s population live in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the U.S.  Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.

The mission of the Church

The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.”

As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ—in fact, we believe it’s in the DNA of every believer to care for the suffering Church. Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Where we come in…

Open Doors exists to strengthen the Church to be the Church in the most hostile places. In over 60 countries, Open Doors supports persecuted Christians with Bibles, emergency aid, discipleship training, vocational skills, trauma counseling, advocacy and a host of other ways so that they know they’re not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities. So that they can give life.

At Open Doors, we’re committed to those who suffer for following Jesus.

Our ministry was launched by a courageous Christian man from the Netherlands named Brother Andrew. Many people best know Brother Andrew from his book, God’s Smuggler, which tells stories of his secret missions to smuggle Bibles into hostile regions.

During his life, Brother Andrew took great risks to bring the gospel into communist countries during the height of the Cold War. Brother Andrew believed no door is closed to us when we pray—and that same passion is embedded in our ministry:

“Our prayers can go where we cannot…. There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
Brother Andrew

Today, Open Doors works in more than 60 countries—serving persecuted Christians where faith costs the most.

We’re present—on the ground—and understand the full story, not just sound bites or secondhand reports. We pull back the curtain to inspire and invite others to be part of the amazing story God is writing for His Church worldwide.

Because of our frontline access, we are uniquely set up to connect you with your persecuted family.

Persecuted believers—like Noeh in Iraq, Kusum in India, and Samiha in Egyptbelieve God is in control and He will bring good out of their current situation.

And we want them to know they’re not alone…that the worldwide Church stands with them.

This is our family. This is our responsibility. This is our mission.

We invite you to join us! Take action today