When Michael was killed for his faith, he left behind his wife, Meskele, and 6 young children. Hear Meskele’s story of faith and hope in the midst of persecution.
“I love God. God also loves me. I know that He feeds my spirit and gives me what I need.” – Miriam, Meskele’s daughter.
You can help Christians like Meskele and Miriam though Walk to Water.
What happened the day that riots overtook Niger and terror devastated a small Christian community?
Early in 2015, a French satirical magazine (Charlie Hebdo) published a controversial cartoon, which triggered an attack on their office in Paris, France, where 11 people were killed. As two million gathered in Paris in a peaceful show of national unity, the event set off a ripple effect across the Muslim world, including in Niger where rioters lashed out at the closest thing they associated with the West – the church. Rioters killed three Christians, burned and looted 76 churches and Christian institutions and 50 Christian homes. Open Doors field workers met with and supported many who were effected.
Here are some of the pastors stories…
The church in Iraq is disappearing, with more than 70% of the Christian population having left the country over the last 15 years. It’s estimated that there are only 250,000 Christians left in Iraq, over half of them are displaced.
This situation will take generations to heal and rebuild. Open Doors were working with the church in Iraq well before the rise of the Islamic State and, God willing, will be there for many years to come.
We want to help strengthen the church in Iraq, so for the month of August we are asking for donations to Iraq. We have a goal of $200,000 and need your help to reach this goal. Click here to donate to the Iraq Appeal.
Your donation to our Iraq Appeal will support Christians with things like:
1. Emergency Relief (Food, Healthcare & Housing)
Food and hygiene packs for Iraqi IDPs.
Through local partners and churches, Open Doors distributes food/hygiene packages to about 15,000 displaced Christian families (about 75,000 people) each month. Providing quality food, clean water, sanitation and healthcare is the first step in ensuring the survival of the church. Continue reading
On 24 June, an engagement ceremony in Iran was raided by security agents. While ten people were initially arrested, all but four were released.
Of the four who were arrested, three had travelled from Azerbaijan to be at the ceremony. Eldar Gubanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov, have since made contact with their families in Azerbaijan. They have said they are being kept in the same prison under solitary confinement. The location of the fourth man is unknown. He has been kept separate to this point and no contact has been possible.
Christian persecution in Africa is on the rise. As part of this global family, we need to ask the question – how can we help? But first, what does persecution look like in Africa?
What’s it like to be a Christian in Ethiopia?
In some regions of Ethiopia, radical Islam is growing and Christians are becoming more and more vulnerable. Some Muslims harass Christians and deny them access to public resources. Some tribes also pose a threat to Christianity, they demand loyalty from members and see faith as a denial of tribal identity.
What’s it like to be a Christian in Nigeria?
The Islamic militant group Boko Haram have destroyed many churches and left Christians traumatised. Thousands have been kidnapped, including the 200 Chibok girls. Christian communities are also often denied basic living needs like clean water, health clinics or new roads.
READ: Mother’s Day for over 200 Mothers of the Kidnapped Chibok Girls Continue reading
Islamic State have claimed their first attack on a church in Europe, killing a French priest. An attack like this on Christians is rare in the West, so how as Christians, can we respond?
A priest has been killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State in France. On Tuesday 26 July, two men armed with knives entered Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, in Normandy, France. During morning mass the pair took the congregation hostage before forcing Father Jacques Hamel to kneel down. Witnesses say the pair then filmed themselves as they executed the priest and made a statement from the pulpit in Arabic. Continue reading
Afghanistan, a Muslim majority nation with a population of 32.5 million, has a Christian population of only a few thousand. Muslims who convert to Christianity face persecution from their society, friends and even their own family.
Years of war and a strong influence from Islamic extremists have devastated this largely tribal nation. The government is occupied fighting the Taliban, Opium production is nearly the only stable source of income and education is almost non-existent.
Find out more about the situation for Christians in Afghanistan here, and check out these 13 photos that show daily life in Afghanistan. Continue reading