This post was written by Mike Gore, CEO Open Doors Australia.
Every year we publish our Impact Report. This is not just a financial report, but represents real impact on real lives. Behind every number is a story.
I am often humbled by the reality that the stories we tell from the persecuted church aren’t fictional, nor historical… they are current. To know that this type of persecution is happening in this moment in world history so often drives me to hope-filled prayer.
I’ve had many people ask me the following (very good) questions;
• How does Open Doors work in the field?
• How do you get the money to persecuted believers?
Let me take a moment to answer these.
In Australia and New Zealand, we are what’s known as a development base (2 of over 20 worldwide) and our commitment is to raise awareness, prayer and financial support for the persecuted church based off project requests we receive from the field (more than 60 countries worldwide) each year. The finances raised help fund these projects through local churches, partners and believers.
In 2015 we saw not only the need, but also the impact of the ministry grow to a new scale. This has meant the workload has increased for many of our field team members. Field team members are on the ground and personally deliver, disciple and care for the persecuted church with the resources they are empowered with from your generosity.
In 2015, Open Doors helped:
- Deliver over 3 million Bibles and Christian literature.
- Train more than 330,000 people.
- Provide practical support, benefitting over 400,000 people.
Because of this we’ve been able to help:
- 1,545 orphans to be cared for.
- 193,463 people receive emergency relief.
- 1,569 people with shelter through 162 safe house projects.
- 28,134 people complete literacy courses.
- 3,101 people benefit from church restoration projects.
It’s been one of the most humbling experiences meeting these workers in the field and seeing their passion and servant hearts for Jesus. They carry an enormous burden and risk so much to do the work they do.
Thank you for your support in this global ministry. We hope these numbers give you some insight into the powerful impact your support has had in the lives of men, women, children, the poor, marginalised and oppressed around the world.
Find out more about our impact in Frontline Faith – Impact edition.
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