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Send hope: Write a letter

Send hope: Write a letter

We all need encouragement now and then. And followers of Jesus who are suffering for their faith need encouragement more than most. They need our prayers and words of hope to help get them through, and for the past few decades Open Doors has been helping people in the UK send letters, thoughts and prayers to christians who face persecution all round the world.

This might all sound a bit old school. These days we’re surrounded by instant communication. Texts, instant messaging, emails – we’re bombarded with messages we read then delete.

But the point is, a letter is more personal. It’s hand-written. When we write, those who receive our letters aren’t just getting some anonymous text or printed email – they are seeing our handwriting, our drawings and our effort. They know we care. We’re connected. It’s as much about what you write as writing the letter itself.

It’s pretty amazing, and we’d love you to spend a few minutes reading the stories of the people below and writing letters that will bring hope and transformation.

Don’t know where to start? Try these tips…

Getting started

Want to write a letter to a persecuted christian? Brill. Follow these steps and the tips here and you’ll be well away!

Step one

Before you start, please read our simple tips to help you as you write your letters and cards. If you’re not sure what to write, use the sample letter in the tips as a guide for your own letters and cards of encouragement.

Step two

Choose who you would like to write a letter to from the list below. You might not want to choose someone, so just address your cards and letters simply to ‘brother’ or ‘sister in Christ’ and we’ll get them to individuals who need encouragement and don’t receive many cards.

Step three

Please post your cards and letters to:

Open Doors UK & Ireland,
PO Box 6,
OX29 6WG

If you write more than one letter, you do not need to send them in individual envelopes or send stamps. Instead, please put all your letters in one envelope.

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Letter writing tips

Never written to someone who's suffering because of their faith? Try these tips to help your letter bring encouragement and hope!
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Write to Sele this Christmas!

Send a festive message of hope to Sele in Nigeria whose dad was killed in 2011 because of his faith in Jesus.
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Write to: Pastor Salim

Send a letter in the post to Salim, a pastor who is continuing to share about Jesus despite threats and ridicule!
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Send a message of hope to Farah

Write and encourage two sisters in the Middle East who've had to flee their country after facing threats from police...
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Write to: Children in Colombia

Write Children in Colombia targeted by gangs or those opposed to their family's Christian faith...
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Write to: Mary in Iran

Email a simple digital message of hope to activist Mary in Iran who was kicked out of uni and has spent time in prison for speaking up against injustice...
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Write to: Kouroush from Iran

Encourage Kouroush who was arrested and tortured for his faith in Jesus as he seeks to help Iranian refugees in Turkey...
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Write to: Saghar from Iran

Send hope to Saghar who fled Iran after the house church she was leading was raided...

Thank you from Colombia…

“With all respect, I would like to thank you for the gesture of spiritual support and the physical support that you have sent me… ‘The more you know Jesus, the more you love, and the more you love, the more you will want to please him’ (John 17:3).”

Jamie Tonorio, in a Colombian prison. He was charged with attempted murder after defending a woman who was being treated unfairly by the indigenous authorities.

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Write to: Pastor Jeremiah

Write a letter to Pastor Jeremiah in Nigeria who's home was attacked and set fire to by militant Fulani herdsmen...

Send hope: Resources

Use these resources to help you write and send hope to persecuted Christians.

Frames for writing to children
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Downloadable letter writing tips
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News / Thoughts

Thank you from Kenya

See how writing a letter of encouragement helped one church in Kenya...

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