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  • Video: The Top Five

    Being at the top of a list is usually considered a good thing. Whether it’s football leagues or exam result tables, we all want to be near the top. But the World Watch List is a bit different. It ranks the fifty countries where following Jesus costs the most, and there’s little honour in topping it.

    Watch this video to explore the top five countries on the list and find out more about what life is like for Christians in those places…

    Want more info?

    Check out our World Watch Map and order our free World Watch List resources to help you pray and act for change.

  • Impossible to possible

    Just a few weeks ago, around 2,500 people gathered to join us in celebrating 60 years of Open Doors. As part of the day, we were honoured to hear from Rev Farouk Hammo, a church leader from Baghdad, Iraq. You can listen to his talk here to get a bit of his incredible testimony, a short, recent history of Iraq, his amazing attitude towards persecution and his view on the current needs.

    Rev Hammo says “Christianity without pain and hardship is like a soup without salt. Pain opens hearts to hear the word of God…” He knows that persecution brings maturity in faith. He knows that even when facing the impossible, God can find a way. Listen to this challenging, Jesus centred message below…

    Listen now…

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    We had to edit out some of the final details of the story for safety reasons, so it does end slightly abruptly…

    Want more…

    Read more about Rev Hammo in this interview with him here…

    Pray now…

    • For protection and strength for Farouk and other church leaders
    • For continuing provision for the thousands of displaced families in Iraq
    • For a safe and peaceful future for the church in the Middle East
    • Talk to God about your response to the challenges Rev. Hammo poses us in his talk

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    How you can help…

    We’ve put together a bunch of simple things you can do to help speak up and act on behalf of Christian’s in Iraq and Syria.

  • Raise your game…

    Let’s not beat around the bush. Following Jesus is a massive commitment. It’s something we shouldn’t take lightly, but all to often, in the busy-ness of the rest of our lives our faith can get shunted down the pecking order. School, uni, work, mates, money, relationships all demand our attention and working out how to fit Jesus in to the mess and stress of our lives is something many of us struggle with. We know we need to raise our game and commit. We know we need to choose what our heads and hearts will make the most important thing in our lives.

    Have a listen to this little 6 minute clip of a talk given by Eddie Lyle, the president of Open Doors in the UK and Ireland. He tells about the time he visited the Joseph community in Lahore, Pakistan. Not long before his trip, this small, economically poor Christian community had been attacked. Homes and churches had been burnt to the ground. But, despite their poverty and need, before rebuilding their homes, the community rebuilt the church. Their heads and hearts had decided what was most important.

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    In meeting this community of people, Eddie says he needs to raise his game. What’s your response to hearing about them?

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