“I write to you the day following the horrific attacks in Lahore. I am still reeling. My friends and family are reeling. My pastor friends came home exhausted and worn from funerals they had taken all day, families they had prayed with, people they had comforted. All of my day was spent hugging those who were aching from the loss of someone precious to them. My country is aching. Your country is probably aching. We can identify with pain and we have just come out of Holy Week and are reminded that He identifies with our pain.” – An Open Doors partner in Pakistan.
Open Doors, working through local partners in Pakistan, is responding to the explosion on Easter Sunday. We spoke to a partner in Lahore, “Since last night, we have been putting together teams of people to go to hospitals and visit with the victims of the attacks.” Continue reading
Believers in Jerusalem share their Easter experience in the Holy Land.
Thomas Dressler, an American student at College des Freres in Jerusalem. Continue reading
In less than twelve months, 20,000 New Testaments were handed out to Palestinian believers. For many families, this Bible is the first one they have personally owned. A key church leader commented, “We should have done this 2,000 years ago.” Continue reading
1. It’s a tourist hotspot and the 13th worst place to be a Christian.
Maldives is a beautiful island, rich in coral reefs and marine life. It’s pristine sandy beaches and clear water beckon visitors from around the world. But Maldives is also on the Open Doors World Watch List of countries where Christians are most persecuted. In fact, it has been a regular among the top 15 countries on the list for many years.
In the Horn of Africa, the number of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) has increased radically despite the high cost conversion. Recently Open Doors workers met with several MBBs, including 20 year old Hawa.
Hawa* from the Horn of Africa.
Women’s training event in Laos.
What if we said that women’s ministry is not just for women? It’s also for men.
Though this blog is about women, and highlighting women’s ministry, it still concerns men – especially men that have any women in their life, whether that be a mother, sister, wife, daughter, aunt or friend.
Women’s ministry is not about excluding men, but making sure we are including women.
As we mark International Women’s Day, 8 March 2016, we want to highlight some of the issues Christian women are facing around the world because of their faith in Jesus. Continue reading
Will the church be destroyed by extremists?
‘Islamic extremism’ was the main source of persecution in 70% of the countries on the World Watch List 2016 (WWL). We take a closer look at these countries and how local Christians are responding. Continue reading