God Is Radically Transforming People & Villages Across India

Like in the Book of Acts, the gospel is being preached, people are being healed, families are turning to Jesus -and persecution is intensifying in India.

This article was featured in Frontline Faith Magazine – The Book Of Acts Edition.

Rajesh and his wife.

Rajesh and his wife.

This Is Rajesh’s Story
Rajesh* and his wife were Hindus from a village in rural India. When Rajesh became ill with a crippling stomach condition, he did what he would normally do. He prayed to many Hindu gods to try and receive healing. But healing didn’t come.

Encountering A God Of Love Through Healing
Rajesh became curious when he heard that his friend’s mother was healed at a local church. Desperate for healing, Rajesh thought maybe this ‘god’ could heal his stomach. He asked what he needed to do that this ‘god’ might heal him. To Rajesh’s surprise his friend answered, “You don’t have to do anything. Simply believe in Jesus.”   Continue reading

Aleppo – Pastor Alim* On The Frontline

Aleppo was Syria’s largest city before the civil war. Today East Aleppo is bombed almost daily by Syrian and Russian air forces; its west is frequently shelled by the rebels from the east. Only a small number of the more than 200,000 ‘pre-war’ Christians remain in the city: some church leaders say it’s only 20,000 to 40,000.  

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Pastor Alim (*name changed for security reasons) works in Aleppo. His congregation is helping up to 2,000 needy families each month – Muslims and Christians – through a team of motivated people.

“The situation in Aleppo has been unstable for a long time now. Ceasefires only last for a short time. As soon as the people catch breath, the fighting starts again.”

His city is divided; he is in the part controlled by the government. “People get really depressed; they feel there is no hope”

“Many women and children from the other part have come to our area. Our church is able to help a total of 2,000 families; I think half of them are Muslims.” Continue reading

5 Of The Biggest Moments From The Persecuted Church in 2016

This article was written by Mike Gore, CEO Open Doors Australia & New Zealand.

2016 was a massive year!

Each year I try to pause and reflect on the biggest events from the last 12 months. I want to remember the moments that shook my world, and the moments when I saw God at work the most. Here are five of the biggest stand out events from 2016.

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1. Christian Towns Liberated From Islamic State

I remember sitting with a pastor in Northern Iraq in May as bombs exploded in the distance. The battle to regain ground from Islamic State (IS) raged in the distance. I heard story after story of people who had lost everything and lived with the daily stress of “ISIS coming”. To see a pastor in October return to his church, now liberated from IS and passionately ring the church bells for the first time in 2 years was incredible. It was such a powerful picture of hope, courage, and resolve that rang out over the city. Please keep praying as we continue long-term restoration plans for the local church.

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Sharing Hope With The ‘War Kids’ Of Syria At Christmas

Meet Rafael*, a 21-year-old doing everything he can to share hope with the ‘war kids’ of Syria.

Rafael*, 21-year-old Christian from Syria.

Rafael*, 21-year-old Christian from Syria.

“Children should play, they should have fun, and they should participate in celebrating Christmas and Easter.” This conviction is what motivates Rafael* to remain in his country.

Last year Christmas was anything but peaceful in Rafael’s village. “On the day of Christmas 2015, rockets were fired at our village. This happened while the children were already waiting to enter the place of our Christmas celebration. What should we do as youth responsible for the event? We didn’t really have time to talk about this. We decided to open the doors and to celebrate Christmas, despite the rockets that fell on the village. Continue reading

3 Things About Egypt Church Attack & How The Church Responded

On the morning of Sunday 11 December, a bomb exploded in a church in Cairo. At least 25 were killed and 49 wounded. Here’s what we know so far:

Image: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Image: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

1. It happened near the biggest Coptic church in Cairo.

The bomb exploded in St Peter’s church, a chapel adjoining St Mark’s Cathedral, the largest and main Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.

“The explosion shook the place … the dust covered the hall and I was looking for the door, although I couldn’t see anything … I managed to leave in the middle of screams and there were a lot of people thrown on the ground.” Emad Shoukry told Reuters.

Egyptian security officials reportedly said that an explosive device with around 11 kilograms of explosives was placed in the chapel, exploding around 10am during Sunday Mass. Continue reading

Why I Do ‘Blackout’

This blog was written by Angelica, an Open Doors Australia worker.

Blackout is a fundraiser for the persecuted church. Could you stay silent for 48hrs to raise awareness and funds for those who suffer persecution for simply following Jesus? Scroll down for the video!

I’m tired of a mediocre faith. I’m tired of being silent about my faith and my hope in Jesus. I’m tired of making excuses to not give to God’s cause. I’m tired… of being absorbed by feeds, statuses, pics, memes and vines… of neglecting the word of God… of a weak prayer life…

I’m tired of living for the world instead of seeking first the Kingdom of God. Continue reading

Thousands Gather To Protest Against Christian Governor Of Jakarta

On Friday 4 November, thousands of people gathered to protest against the governor of Indonesia’s capital. 

Protesters burn rubbish. Photo: (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Protesters burn rubbish.
Photo: (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

The governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – known as Ahok, is a Christian man.

Hard-line Muslim protesters have demanded his arrest. It is alleged that he made blasphemous comments about the Quran.

These allegations came after Ahok said his opponents (in the upcoming February elections) had deceived voters by attacking him using a verse from the Quran. The verse implies Muslims should not have a non-Muslim as a leaders.

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