By Dan Etheridge

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.


  • 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!).
The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.