We dream of a world in which every Christian who is persecuted is remembered and supported by other Christians.
Open Doors supports persecuted Christians with Bibles, Christian materials, training, livelihood skills, advocacy – and in a whole host of other ways – so that they know they are not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities. So that they can give life. Open Doors seeks to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland not only to serve Christians living under religious persecution but also to learn from them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
In 2014, Open Doors delivered over 3.1 million Bibles, books and Christian resources in countries where such things are prohibited or difficult to obtain. In Central Asia, 302,500 Bibles and Christian books in 2014 were distributed. In Indonesia, Open Doors distributed over 21,000 Bibles and Christian books, including special Bibles to help Muslim-background believers in their transition to Christianity. In North Korea, as well as distributing over 28,000 pieces of literature, we increased the number of radio programmes for secret believers, reaching thousands more Christians with the Word of God. In Syria almost 125,000 Christian books were distributed, including more than 30,000 Bibles and over 25,000 children’s Bibles.
During 2014, Open Doors trained over 308,000 Christians facing persecution or discrimination. Courses included theological training, dealing with persecution and trauma counselling. In Pakistan, Open Doors and ALIVE trained 30,000 Christians in 2014. Over 8,000 people received literacy training and 1,200 women received vocational training. In Egypt, nearly 80,000 people attended training programmes supported by Open Doors, including 140 new Bible study groups for 2,100 women in remote areas without churches.
Open Doors brings practical support to widows, to orphans, to those displaced by violence or natural disaster. Worldwide, Open Doors served more than 356,000 people through 897 different community development projects. In Iraq, Open Doors supported thousands of refugees following the invasion of Mosul by Islamic State (IS) militants in June, 2014. Within 12 hours of the invasion, Open Doors was working through local churches and partners to provide relief. Over £1.5 million was donated to the Iraq emergency appeal by supporters from the UK and Ireland. This incredible response enabled us to help 80,000 refugees with water, food, medicine, hygiene kits and mattresses. In India, Christians in Odisha were evicted from their villages. Open Doors helped them build homes, and provided education and vocational training. Over 180 children attended the schools and 139 adults attended literacy classes.