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  • Laos: Young Christians forced to meet in secret

    This is a photo from of a secret church. It’s from northern Laos and shows a group of young people worshipping together in the middle of a forest.

    Two months ago, these believers were threatened – other members of their village said they would kick them out of the community because of their faith. So they can no longer meet to pray inside their village. But instead of giving up, they are finding other ways to meet as secretly as possible.

    One of our local partners, who is in contact with the group, says, “Please pray for them. Although they are safe for now, worshipping outdoors is still risky.”

    Pray now…

    • Thank God for these amazing young believers! Ask that they would be able to continue to meet together and strengthen each other through God’s Word and prayer.
    • Ask that the Lord will continue to protect them and keep them safe.
    • For the people in their village. May the Lord transform their hearts and they too will accept Christ in their lives.

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  • India: ‘You are a Christian. Get out of here…’

    Since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, the generosity of Open Doors supporters has enabled our partners to distribute emergency aid to 163,000 persecuted Christians in more than 10 countries across Asia. That is over 33,000 families.

    In India alone, 14,750 Christians been given vital aid. For one poor and vulnerable Christian and his family that has been absolutely essential.

    In their area, all the shops were closed except for one, where government food had arrived for people without work. This man and his family hadn’t eaten for two days, so he queued to get the government supplied aid.

    Nobody spoke to him – no one ever did – but that was okay because in a few hours he’d have a bagful of supplies. “I couldn’t stop thinking about the smile on the faces of my wife and children,” he says.

    Finally, it was his turn. He took out the ration card and gave it to the shop owner behind the counter.

    “Why are you here?” the owner said, ignoring the card.

    “What do you mean, sir? I’m here to collect food. Look, I have government permission. I qualify.”

    “No, you don’t. You are a Christian. Get out of here.”

    “I am a Christian, but I have a ration card.”

    “Get lost. Or I’ll call the police. Do you want to spend a night in jail, too? Go!”

    The rejected man put the ration card back in his pocket and left the store, ignoring everyone who stared at him. “I didn’t go home, but walked to the river instead,” he explains. “My mind was racing. I prayed. I thought about a thousand ways to get food and about a million ways to tell my family that I wasn’t sure if we’d ever eat again. I wondered if I should jump from the bridge.”

    Your support helps…

    Brother John*, the Open Doors director for Asia explains that “the Covid-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdowns have led to harrowing situations. My teams and our local partners have received an incredible number of text messages and phone calls.”

    And thanks to your generosity and the work of Brother John and Open Doors partners, people like the man in this story have been helped – he came home one evening to find bags filled with rice, cooking oil, vegetables and much more. The smiles on the faces of his wife and children had never been so bright.

    Pray now…

    • Thank God for the huge amount of people helped across Asia
    • For wisdom, protection and strength for Open Doors partners in their role distributing aid to Christians
    • That God will raise up individuals in local governments who will boldly plead the cause of Christians often last in line for aid.

    Give up something you love to help Christians who have nothing…

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  • Nepal: “This was the answer to our unceasing prayers”

    Around the world, Christians are persecuted for lots of reasons, and in different ways. In Nepal, where it’s illegal to tell other people about Jesus and leaving traditional beliefs is seen as a complete betrayal of national identity, persecution can come in a number of ways. For Bhukima, a young mum in her 20s, it means not being able to access the local water pump to get essential water.

    Her story started when she was suffering with an ongoing illness and her Christian sister-in-law started sharing about Jesus and praying with her. Eventually she became a Christian:

    “We also started going to church together and although I did not understand much of it, with my sister-in-law’s encouragement I learnt how to pray. I also became much better in health and haven’t had any health issues ever since.

    Her husband was’t so keen though – he was worried about what people would think if the family became Christians. But, after an accident at work left him injured and in need, he realised Jesus was his saviour.

    Since Deepak was unable to recover and stand up on his feet, things were extremely hard for Bhumika. But Bhumika recalls that God was with them. One day, she had mustered up the courage to go to the shop and ask to buy rice on credit. Without saying a word, the shopkeeper gave her the rice. She says that she was astonished as she did not expect this. She then realized that God was watching over her and her family. Their local church also donated clothes for their family members as they couldn’t afford new ones.


    Image: Bhukima’s land and goats (see below)…

    New faith, new pressure…

    But their new faith also led to persecution. There are a few believers in other villages in the area where Bhumika and her family live, but the rest of the people there are mainly Hindus. Most are against Christianity, as they see it as a foreign religion and a betrayal of the traditional beliefs and culture and traditions. Bhumika says, “In my village they do not allow me to fetch water from the village well, and we are not allowed to even touch the handle of the water pump. Often I went secretly at night to fetch water.”

    There were times when people would take the handle of the water pump out and keep it with them so Bhumika couldn’t use it. At those times, she used to cry out to God, “Lord, we don’t have our own hand pump and my neighbors do not allow us to fetch water. But we look to You and hope in You. Please provide for our needs.”

    Whenever there was a prayer or worship gathering at Bhumika’s house, their neighbors would cause disturbances and try to disrupt their meeting. Bhumika also faced persecution from her in-laws. Whenever someone from the family was ill, they blamed Bhumika and Deepak’s faith for it.


    Image: The new water pump provided by Open Doors partners!

    ‘The answer to our unceasing prayers’

    When Open Doors local partners heard about the family, they were able to help through the local church. Your prayers and support provided a water pump, installed outside the family’s house, and a few goats to help the family support themselves until Deepak is able to fully recover and find a better job.

    Bhumika smiles as she says, “This was the answer to our unceasing prayers and of many others who prayed for us. Now, we have a hand pump of our own and that has made our life better. I neither have to fear being caught by my neighbors nor be afraid of depleting the water that has been stored. We no longer have a shortage of water in our house.

    “When my family was despised by our relatives and isolated from our village, my family came together and prayed and as a result, God filled us with his joy and gave us strength to face this kind of persecution. He also provided for our needs whenever we prayed. I always felt God near us in the storms we faced.”

    Amazing – thanks again for your prayers and support!

    Pray now

    • Thank God for Bhukima and her family. Thank God for his provision and their faith.
    • For the local community and that Bhukima would be able to share Jesus’ love with others.
    • Pray this: Father God, please protect Your children in Nepal. We pray that You would provide Nepalese Christians with opportunities for work and community, and stem the tide of attacks by Hindu extremists. Particularly we ask for safety for Christian women and girls, who are often the most vulnerable.

    Give up something you love to help Christians like Bhukima who given up everything for Jesus

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  • Syria: “Jesus wanted me to be in that place”

    Alya and her husband have had a tough few years, living through war and terror in Syria. But thanks to the love of a local church, her life has turned around, and now she’s come to know Jesus too.

    Her story is pretty tough – she’s from a Muslim background and when the war broke out, her, her husband and their five children had to flee home because of the fighting. They ended up in Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the land grabbed and run by the extremist so-called Islamic State. Even though they were Muslims, they weren’t protected.

    In Raqqa

    “We saw a lot of terrible things,” says Alya. The violence and intimidation experienced by those in Raqqa has been all over the news – shocking things happened. Worst of all for her family, one of her sons went missing. They only found out seven months later that he’d died in a bus bombing.

    The tipping point came in 2016 when an IS soldier came to the house to complain that their daughter had been seen at school without being fully covered in the mandatory black robes. “They said that we should bring our daughter to them the next day,” says Alya. “They would have given our daughter to one of their men; she would have become one of their slaves.”


    Image: Waiting for aid and supplies

    Fleeing from IS

    Alya knew they couldn’t stay and they fled to Qamishli. At the airport, their baggage didn’t arrive. A nearby man noticed the family’s panic and offered to help. Alya didn’t know whom to trust, and so declined – but did take his business card.

    Life was hard and after a few weeks things reached a tipping point. Alya decided to phone the man she’d met at the airport.

    “Yes, of course I can help,” was the response she heard. The person she’d called was Pastor George – an Open Doors partner who leads a Centre of Hope church in Qamishli and has stood with his community for many years.

    But Pastor George doesn’t just look out for people in his church’s congregation. Even though Alya and her family were Muslim, and he didn’t know them, Pastor George arranged a house for the family to move into.

    “When we were in that house, I was in peace,” Alya says. “I saw the pastor was an honest man, and I wanted to know more about that church. So I went for the first time to a church service. The preacher spoke about forgiveness. It made me cry.” Pastor George was preaching from Matthew 5:39: “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

    Life changing

    Alya was curious. She went to a mid-week Bible study. As Pastor George and his wife explained more about the Bible, they also showed the love of Jesus practically, Alya remembers. “They were helping me, asking me how I was doing, taking care of me. The church felt like one big family.”

    They gave Alya a audio Bible – the more she heard, and the more she tried praying to Jesus, the more she saw God was working in her life. “I just couldn’t pretend that I was a Muslim. I started to talk to Jesus. I started to see that it wasn’t by accident that we came to Qamishli. Jesus wanted me to be in that place.”

    She became a Christian – and her brother cut off financial support in response. But Alya didn’t have to look far for support – her new church family were quick to help. And it’s your gifts and prayers that enable Pastor George’s church to help vulnerable believers like Alya.

    “I said to God: ‘Now you are responsible for me. As your child, I only have you,’” she says. “Jesus Christ is helping us. Without the help of God and of the church, we would have nothing.”


    Image: Life on the streets of Qamishli

    The future

    Currently, Alya’s husband and children remain Muslim and haven’t encountered Jesus. But Alya is patient and she has faith.

    “Jesus is my life now,” she said. “I was blind; now I see. I hope my family will be saved too.”

    “We lost our son,” she said, “but I saw how God gave His only Son for us. I became so rich because I found the real treasure, a treasure I didn’t have before.”

    Pray now…

    That Pastor George and his church will be well equipped to help his community during this crisis
    Praise God that He brought Alya and Pastor George together
    That Alya’s husband and children would discover the truth of the gospel and turn to Jesus.

    Give up something you love to help Christians like Alya who given up everything for Jesus

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  • Syria: ‘They are ready to die for Jesus’

    Pastor George Moushi leads a church in Qamishli, northern Syria. His church responded when the region was invaded by Turkish forces last autumn, providing vital aid for many vulnerable Syrians. Many of you generously gave and faithfully prayed for his community, and your support kept them going as they faced a very visible threat – bombs, soldiers, Islamic extremists.

    In 2012, a year after the war broke out, Pastor George’s church began sending out food packs for those in need. Pastor George explains:

    “Through our relief and support programmes, we tried to build relationships with people, opening doors for them to know Jesus. The best hope we can offer is the hope that Jesus Christ offers.” People are helped without any conditions attached. “But we offer always the message of Jesus too, depending how open the door was. We didn’t only want to fill the stomach of the people.”

    Church growth and growing persecution

    Because of this work, the church began to grow. “A lot of people accepted Christ and were added to the church. Although the war was so awful, God turned ashes into beauty – a lot of people came to Christ.

    “The war made people from a Muslim background question their faith. When the church started visiting them, they began to understand about God’s love. We show them that God is love and that God loves people. Some came to faith and they now come to church.”

    About 30 per cent of Pastor George’s church, now, are Christians who have converted from Islam. They are among the most vulnerable to persecution.

    “When a Muslim becomes a believer, of course they are persecuted,” says Pastor George. “They face persecution from their family, because Islam forbids a Muslim to become a Christian. It even says that a person should be killed.”

    Pastor George has seen astonishing courage from new believers in his church. These Christians from Muslim backgrounds are well aware of the dangers, but still choose Jesus. Pastor George continues: “They are not afraid to be killed. A lot of them openly declared their faith, though they knew they might lose their inheritance, their properties, they might be threatened.”

    And it isn’t just threats. “Some were beaten because of their faith,” says Pastor George. “In one family, the parents threatened to kill the new believer. Because of that, the person had to flee. But they stayed firm in Jesus. Persecution leads to believers who abide more in God. They are ready to die for Jesus.”

    Reaction to the pandemic

    Now they face the invisible threat of a pandemic – and the dangers of starvation, poverty and isolation that come with it.

    “Covid-19 has a big impact on Qamishli; normal life is almost non-existent,” Pastor George explains. “The number of poor people has increased. Especially those people who are daily labourers who, if they don’t have work today, receive no wages. The need to provide for their family members and especially their children is bigger than ever. Due to the restrictions that prevent the virus spreading, the damage is huge for those families who were already needy in Qamishli.”

    “Thank you for your help to make that possible,” says Pastor George to Open Doors supporters. But his message is simple: “Please continue to help us.”

    Religious ministers have been exempted from travelling restrictions in Syria throughout the crisis, and so Pastor George is able to distribute aid to vulnerable members of his church – and to people outside it. “When we saw the increased need, we restarted relief distribution,” he says. “We gave people food and washing detergent coupons. Our church saw that now was a time to stand by the people, support them and show Jesus’ love in difficult times.”

    “I wasn’t sure if the church would help me because I’m not Christian,” says May, a young woman displaced from Hama with her husband, toddler and baby. “But I had to ask, because my daughters are getting hungry and we are unable to support them.” The church in Qamishli gave her food and money for nappies – and showed her the love of Jesus in doing so.

    People are hungry

    The widespread need is clear. “People are hungry,” says Pastor George. “Some called me crying because they have no food for their kids and families. Especially displaced families who have no relatives here, so they can’t even ask to borrow money from anyone, just to keep them alive until this crisis ends. I see men, women and children crying of hunger. It’s tragic. We’re in dire need of funds to support a larger number of families.”

    With your support, churches such as Pastor George’s can make hope visible in the Middle East. Relief projects will build resilient families and resilient communities, enabling believers to shine the light of Christ into the region and into the world. Pastor George and other Open Doors partners will still be in Syria long after this crisis is over, responding to the needs they see, welcoming new believers to the church family, and building a strong community of Syrians worshipping God and making Jesus’ love visible to their neighbours.

    Pray now…

    • For God’s provision for Syrian Christians who urgently need food and aid
    • That God would protect believers from a Muslim background facing persecution
    • That Pastor George and his church may be able to bring hope and love to their community

    Act now…

  • August activities: Week four – Speak to your friends and family

    At the start of August we posted out to you a series of postcards with a challenge to do each week during August. We’re now at our final week, and we want you to do something amazing – to choose to lose something you love to stand with those who have lost everything because of their love of Jesus.


    Week four: Speak to your friends and family

    God has given you talents, skills and passions to be used for Him. What do you love? Football, your phone, dancing, X-Box, eating, reading, gaming, cooking, running, YouTube, baking, swimming, skating, music? What is it for you?

    It might seem weird calling these things talents. You might think,  ‘It’s just something I can do, no big deal.’ But to someone else, your passion could be an inspiration. The guy who started Open Doors, Brother Andrew, began smuggling Bibles by recognising a need and doing what he could to meet that need. It’s was just something he did, but he’s changed millions of lives through his actions.

    Could you use your talents and passions to help raise awareness and money for God’s global church? Many people do not know that Christians are persecuted for their faith. You could help others learn. You could help change the lives of our persecuted family.

    Challenge

    Sign-up to Blackout and get sponsored to lose what you love.
    Persecuted Christians often have to give up everything to follow Jesus: their families, homes, jobs, friends, freedoms and, sometimes, even their lives. Could you give up something you love for a weekend and ask people to sponsor you, raising much-needed funds for our persecuted church family? Every year we run Blackout, challenging young people and youth groups to raise money together for persecuted Christians.

    Activity

    • List the things you love and thank God for them now.
    • Then ask God how you can use these things you love to raise awareness and money for the persecuted church.
    • Sign up for Blackout here, and we’ll email you a graphic you can post on social media – tagging three friends  challenging them to get involved in Blackout too.
    • Set yourselves a fundraising target, or compete to see who can raise the most!
  • Central Asia: A glimpse of a secret church

    In Central Asia, government officials suppress all Christian activity, monitoring and arresting anyone showing “suspicious” religious behaviour.

    But hidden away from the watchful eyes of authorities, an illegal church service is taking place. And it is full of children.

    In this country (which cannot be named for security reasons), sharing the gospel with anyone under the age of 16 is illegal.

    The secret church is in a quiet residential area, tucked away inside an old, crumbling building. Church members travel hours to attend, bringing their families to hear about Jesus. Children get the rare opportunity to learn from the Bible and eat food.


    Image: A young girl reading encouragements, in her family’s house church (Central Asia)

    The service begins with worship. Church leader, Kurban*, leads with a booming voice, no fear of who may be listening outside. Someone shares from the Word, followed with an opportunity for the congregation to share openly.

    A young girl named Treasure comes to the front. She recites a poem she has memorized about Jesus. At home, Treasure sleeps in a single-room house where her mother earns a living as a sex worker. It’s a dangerous life for a child, but at church, Treasure finds hope and acceptance.


    Image: Treasure enjoying hearing a piano played (Central Asia)

    For local partner, Kurban*, his dream is to transform the church into a Centre of Hope for children, like Treasure, who are all too familiar with the reality of poverty and hunger. Many of them grow up in broken homes, filled with addiction and abuse.

    Kurban’s ultimate hope has been to grow and strengthen the next generation of Christians in Central Asia who will continue sharing the gospel, no matter what the future holds.

    “When the Church stops saving lives, it starts to decay. It begins to fall apart. The only hope the Church has is to save just one more.” – Open Doors’ local partner.

    In the last year, Kurban’s dream has become a reality and the Centre of Hope was built, giving many children a safe place to learn about God and receive life-saving support.


    Image: The next generation of Central Asia believers and leaders

    Experience the secret church

    Organise a Secret Church meeting with our new, free resource and learn more about churches like Kurban’s. Send time seeing how persecuted Christians meet in secret, worship in silence and learn from the Bible when they have no access to Scripture. And, raise money and prayer for change.

    Pray now…

    • For Kurban, the Centre of Hope and the children attending secret services. Ask for safety, protection and for lives to be transformed.
    • For Treasure, and many young people and children like her who live with difficult family settings. Ask for change.
    • For Kurban’s church to continue to grow and shine God’s love to many, many others.

    *Names changed for security purposes.

  • Iran: Fleeing hours before going to prison

    It’s been more than three years since Pastor Victor (65) was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and over two and a half years since Shamiram (64) was given a five-year sentence; they have been out on bail since – appealing the rulings, so hadn’t started their prison terms yet.

    Pastor Victor was arrested with two members of his church in 2014 as they celebrated Christmas together. The government had already closed the Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church, which he led, in 2009. He was found guilty of ‘conducting evangelism’ and ‘illegal house-church activities’, among other charges, and given a 10-year prison sentence.

    Shamiram is appealing against a sentence for acting against national security and against the regime ‘by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies’.

    The couple have faced a long process to even get their appeals heard – they were summoned to numerous appeal hearings, only for them to be cancelled for a variety of reasons including failure to officially summon every defendant, the court being ‘too crowded’, and the assigning of a new judge to the case.

    Their last scheduled appeal hearing (1 June) was cancelled without a reason being given.

    Shamiram was due to begin her prison sentence around the 15th August. But praise God, the couple fled Iran on Saturday, just hours before Shamiram was due to go to prison.

    The couple’s daughter, Dabrina, told Article18 that her parents are ‘safe and well’. The family will continue their fight to get the sentences dropped.

    An ongoing injustice

    The arrest and imprisonment of Christians in Iran – particularly those from a Muslim background – is an ongoing injustice.

    Earlier this month, four believers were given heavy prison sentences for accusations very similar to Pastor Victor and Shamiram’s: ‘acting against national security’, ‘attending home churches’ and ‘spreading Zionist Christianity’. All four were arrested in February for being part of a house church in Rasht.

    Iran is number 9 on the World Watch List. Open Doors supports the church in Iran through partners – as well as trauma training, this is done through distributing Bibles and other Christian literature online, advocacy for those in prison and various forms of training.

    Pray now…

    • For Pastor Victor and Shamiram and their family, that God will strengthen and comfort them
    • That the appeals for Ramin, Moslem, Kathrin and Mehri will be successful
    • That Iranian authorities will uphold the rights of Iranian Christian converts and other religious minorities.

    New, free resource: Secret Church!

    Want to experience just some of what it’s like to be church as a secret community of believers? Get our new version of Secret Church to journey with hidden believers, seeing how they worship, learn from the Bible, pray and be community together. Plus, we’ve created the resource to work over a video chat – so it’s completely lockdown friendly!

    Sources of information in this article: Article18 and Middle East Concern (MEC)

  • August activities: Week three – Speak to your persecuted fam!

    At the start of August we posted out to you a series of postcards with a challenge to do each week during August. We’re now at week three, and we want you to do something incredible – to send a letter to Christian children in India who have been impacted by persecution. Read on to send a message of hope!

    Week three: Speak to your persecuted family

    Have you ever felt forgotten? Felt like no one cares about you? For many Christians, the decision to follow Jesus means they can face threats and exclusion by their communities. It means no one wants anything to do with them. Harsh, right?

    This is especially true in India, where there is a strong feeling that everyone should be Hindu. Christian homes have been attacked, and believers have been thrown out of their villages. Last week we learnt that some are refused vital aid; others can be denied education and even water.

    Children and teenagers from Hindu backgrounds who choose to follow Jesus can face even harsher treatment. “Christianity is considered a detestable religion in our village,” one young boy said. He started to attend church secretly, but when his mother found out he was told off and beaten many times.

    This isn’t fair, It’s not right, And we know that our church family in India need encouragement So let’s send them some.

    Challenge

    Encourage your persecuted family: Everyone loves getting messages, and if you were having a rough time, imagine getting a load of messages from people on the other side of the world! It’d help you realise that you’re not forgotten. So write, draw or film a message that we can pass on to encourage vulnerable Christian children and teenagers in India

    Grab some pens, pencils, paints and some paper and get creating. Then, take a pic of your message and email it to us at youth@opendoorsuk.org. If you want to send a video, just email it to us at the same address!

    Here’s some tips…

    • Keep your drawings and messages ‘light’ (e.g. no pictures of things associated with war etc)
    • Do not mention Open Doors
    • Keep it simple and make it encouraging

    If you’re stuck why not…

    • Write a prayer
    • Write out a Bible verse
    • Write the lyrics of your fave worship song
    • Draw a picture of a global church community

    Pray this

    Lord Jesus, thank You for touching the lives of children in India. Be with them now, help them to know we, their church family, are praying. Help them to know that ‘the joy of the Lord is their strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10). Amen

  • August activities: Week two – Speak to your MP!

    Earlier this month, we posted out a little series of postcards setting you a challenge each week throughout August to make a stand and do something simple to help your persecuted church family. This week, we want you to speak to your MP. Sounds scary, boring or hard work? Don’t get put off – we’ve made it simple. And it’s really important – your MP represents you in our government, part of their job is to hear your views, so tell them you’re worried about persecution and the rights of Christians around the world! Read on…

    Week two: Speak to your MP!

    Ever had someone push in front of you in a queue? It’s pretty annoying, and just not fair, isn’t it?

    Well, did you know that Christians around the world are forced to be the last in the line when it comes to getting help from their governments and communities?

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, already vulnerable Christians are being ignored and left to fend for themselves. In northern Vietnam (a communist country, where the government sees Christianity as a bad western influence), 107 people from 18 families, who couldn’t work and earn money because of the Covid-19 lockdown, were refused aid by the local authorities. They were told: “You are Christians and your God will take care of your family! The government is not responsible for your families!”

    This is shocking. It shouldn’t be happening. And did you know, you have power to do something about it?

    Challenge

    Send your MP a message: Your voice is powerful. You can influence those in power to change the systems and regimes that mean Christians are ignored in the first place. Writing to your MP means they will know about this issue and can then act; they also HAVE to respond to you, it’s an important part of their job.

    1. Go to opendoorsyouth.org/last and fill out the simple form to send an email to your MP, asking them to urgently write to the Department for International Development about how Christians are being treated. It will take one minute, you don’t have to write anything and when you put in your postcode, it’ll automatically find your MP for you!

    2. Now, take a pic of yourself with a cross and an empty bowl (like the example pic here).

    3
    . Share the pic on Instagram, tagging your MP (whose name you’ll know from step one) and also @opendoorsyouthuk and #thelastinline

    Cook

    Your words have power. After writing to your MP, why not share what’s going on with a friend or your family over a meal? Offer to cook, and over the meal share what you’ve done, why and challenge those present to do it too. We’ve shared a situation from Vietnam above, so you might want to cook a simple noodle dish. You can find more stories about Christians who are #thelastinline here…

    Pray

    Father God, we thank You for those following You even if that means they are last in the line. We pray for provision of food and for protection and wisdom for Open Doors partners as they serve those in need. Help Christians use the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to show and share God’s love with their neighbours. And help me use my freedom to boldy follow You and speak against injustice. Amen.

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