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  • When Farah’s* dad was arrested he was asked to provide names of other Christians. The police told him that Farah could be put in prison if he didn’t do what they asked. But with remarkable bravery, he refused. Amazingly he was later released without charge, as long as he didn’t resume any evangelistic activities – otherwise his sentence would be death.

    But Farah’s dad couldn’t stop telling others about Jesus. Farah and her family continued to be watched, and so they made the difficult decision to flee the country. It was too dangerous to stay.

    Life in their new home is really hard. There’s a new language to learn, school and work are different, and Farah misses her friends. But despite all of this, the family know that sticking with Jesus was their only option.

    Whilst in prison, Farah’s dad wrote small messages on his cell wall, to encourage other Christian prisoners. Will you do the same for Farah and her family? Could you write Farah a message to encourage her after her whole world has been torn apart? Use the form on this page to send a message and we’ll make sure it gets through to Farah.

    Guidelines

    • Write in simple English and keep it relatively short
    • Be encouraging and include one or two Bible verses (for security reasons, please do not use verses that refer to Israel, armies or war)
    • Show sensitivity – do not dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country.
    • *Please note, for security reasons, we’ve changed Farah’s name for this writing campaign – you might want to avoid using this pseudonym in your message.

    For security

    • Do not mention Open Doors
    • Do not mention Islam
    • Do not refer to Israel, even when using Scripture. Also, do not use images, flags or maps of Israel, or Hebrew signs
    • Do not criticise the region’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders
    • Do not send money or make proposals to help
    • Do not add your address or any personal details bar name, age and where you are from in the message itself (it’s fine to include those in the later bits of the form if you want to get emails or postal mailings from us!).
  • Farah Intro

    When the authorities discovered that Farah’s* dad was a Christian he was taken away by the secret police. Farah, along with her mum and sister, were left to clear up their flat, not knowing if her dad would ever come home. Whilst her dad was eventually bailed and released, the family’s faith in Jesus meant the police were always watching. For their safety, Farah and her family have had to flee the home and country they love.


    No believer should face persecution alone. Could you write to Farah and send her some words of hope and encouragement. Could you let her know that they are not alone and that you’re praying for her?

  • GCSE Schools Lessons

    Not strictly a youth leader resource, but these two lesson plans come with PowerPoint presentations and videos to introduce a GCSE class to issues around religious freedom and persecution – both part of the current UK GCSE syllabus…

  • NANO: Simple, themed youth session material

    NANO is a new series of themed youth session material you can use and adapt for your youth and small groups. Every few months we’ll release a new session on a specific theme, exploring the issue through the lens of the persecuted church. First up, we’re launching with a short series on how to pray, including videos from Pete Greig.

  • Free themed session outlines

    We’ve created NANO as way to show that the real stories from persecuted Christians can inspire all kinds of areas of our faith as we grow as Christians. We shouldn’t just hear from our global church family one Sunday a year or when the theme of persecution arises in the news. Persecuted Christians have so much to teach us about prayer, forgiveness, passion, worship, giving, distraction, hope, perseverance, God’s plan for us and much, much more. And the lessons they can bring to us just seem all the more authentic and valuable because of the context of threat, violence and intimidation that they live with.

    Just sign up to check out the sessions and see for yourself. We’re releasing sessions regularly (every 2-3 months). Most will have videos, all will have interactive activities, Bible material and prayer times, plus all have been written to work both online or in person (depending on lockdown restrictions). The outlines aren’t exhaustive – they can be used as a script for a session or you can take the elements you think that will work for you and adapt the rest.. you’ll know what will work best in your group.

    The current sessions

    Prayer series – featuring Pete Grieg video explainers
    To launch Nano we’ve created a series on prayer. These four short sessions look at what prayer is (and how to do it authentically), answered prayer, unanswered prayer and how to persevere in prayer.

    Forgiveness session
    A simple session featuring an incredible video story from teenager Jeovani whose life was radically changed after an attack on his church several years ago. Includes game ideas, Bible reflection and questions along with suggested prayer points too.

    Get some or all of the sessions using the form below – all are simple downloads, so you’ll get them immediately. Woo.

  • Open Doors Youth NANO are a series of themed simple session outlines that focus on incredible stories from persecuted Christians. Whilst the sessions all highlight the context of persecution, you can use the material to work through key discipleship themes.

    We passionately believe the persecuted church has much to teach us about what being a Christian looks like – our persecuted family aren’t just victims, but courageous and passionate followers of Jesus who can inspire and challenge us to a braver faith. And that’s why we’ve put these ideas together.

  • Malaysia: Baptisms despite severe flooding

    Like most countries Malaysia has been struggling with a severe outbreak of Covid-19, but earlier this month flooding killed several people and displaced around 50,000 others. But, in the midst of the floods and a global pandemic, five believers still chose to get baptised.


    Image: The baptisms took place in a river

    “Amid this natural disaster, there is space for praise,” shares Mikal (not her real name), a local OD partner. “Five new believers were added to a church… To hear from three pastors that a lot of them are beginning to grow so much in their faith and have shared the faith with their neighbours too (is fantastic).”

    Heavy monsoon rains have led to intense flooding and a landslide in the past two weeks: “In some states, flood waters have gotten so high, you can only see the roof of homes and buildings,” Mikal said.

    This disaster, coupled with an intensified Covid lockdown, hit believers hard.

    “Some of the believers who work in fields to grow crops had a major loss during the first Covid lockdown, when they were unable to harvest any of their crops as policemen were nearby making sure that everyone stayed inside,” shares Mikal. “They didn’t lose hope and began to replant, but just as it was time to harvest their crops again, the floods destroyed their crops.”

    “It’s been very difficult. I know that these men – these farmers – are full of faith, but this has really challenged them,” Mikal continues.

    About Malaysia

    Malaysia in number 46 on the 2021 World Watch List, a ranking of countries where Christians face the worst persecution. In Malaysia, the government and other religious groups monitor churches. It is illegal to share the gospel with Malay Muslims. Converts from Islam to Christianity experience the most persecution, as every ethnic Malay is expected to be Muslim. These believers are often forced to hide their faith and meet in secret. If discovered, they could face divorce from their spouse, rejection from their family – or even risk being sent to a re-education camp.

    Pray now…

    Please pray for our friends, our partners, the believers we serve, and everyone else affected by the floods. Pray for the waters to subside soon and people to be able to rebuild their lives. Pray too for an improvement in the Covid situation in the country.

  • Finding Family: Christmas resources!

    Many Christians can’t openly celebrate Christmas, like us due to Covid-19, they face restrictions and limitations. This year, why not share Christmas with some young persecuted Christians? Learn their stories in our youth sessions and videos, write a Christmas card or message to encourage them and even send a gift.

  • Finding Family Landing Intro

    Share this Christmas with your persecuted family

    Christmas is going to be a bit different this year. Because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we’re facing limitations on gatherings, festive services and parties. Sadly, we might not be able to get together with the usual groups of friends and family. So, maybe this year, we’re able to identify just a little bit more with those Christians around the world who can’t openly celebrate Christmas. Christians who know the cost of following Jesus, but still choose Him.

    Here you’ll find three ways you can share this Christmas with your persecuted family.

    Below you can download two free youth/small group session outlines, use our star template to send a Christmas message of hope to young people in Colombia and also make a donation that you can give to a friend or loved one as a Christmas pressie (and print off a certificate for them)! Before you get started, check out Bijli and Daniela’s stories in the videos below!

  • Order your Christmas youth session outline…

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