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Lessons from the persecuted church part three: Making Jesus your all

Cris Rogers, Rector of All Hallows Bow in London, recently travelled to Lebanon to meet Open Doors’ local church partners who are serving Syrian refugees. In his final reflection, Cris shares what he has learned from our persecuted church family about encountering Jesus and making Him our all.


Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “… Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…”

Is there one thing you can change in your daily routine that will help you to fix your eyes on Jesus?


Praise God for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have made Jesus their all, even in the midst of persecution, displacement and war. Ask God to strengthen them, provide for all their needs, and continue to draw them closer to Himself.

Stand with your church family in the Middle East

Open Doors works through local partners in Lebanon to provide food packages and other vital aid for Syrian refugees, as well as spiritual support, Christian literature, and projects such as a school for Syrian refugee children.

You can help the church in Lebanon to continue to show radical love to the Syrian refugees they are serving. Give a gift to support the work of Open Doors local partners in Lebanon and the Middle East.

In Syria itself, Open Doors local church partners are keeping 12,000 families alive with vital aid such as food and medicines, alongside long-term projects. Every £10 could provide a week’s emergency food supplies for a displaced family in Syria who have no other means of support. This could include food, clothing, medicines, shelter, and heating during the freezing winter.

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.