Send a message of hope this Christmas

By Dan Etheridge

“I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people…”
Luke 2:10

Christmas is all about good news – and this year we want you to share good news, that is encouraging words, pictures and stories, with your church family in Iraq and Syria.

Over the past year, our partners in the Middle East have been working on an encouragement app that is being used by Christians across the region. The app gives daily inspiring updates from Christians around the world. One day might feature a Bible verse, another a reflection and another a picture or video message. And we want you to send messages that can be used to encourage Christians across the Middle East this Christmas… Kind of like a brilliant, encouraging digital Christmas card.

What can you send?

You can send a short message, reflection, video or picture using the form opposite. It needs to be something that lets Christians in the Middle East know that we are praying for them and remind them that we’re cheering them on. So, what could you send – a prayer, your favourite passage or even the lyrics from a Christmas carol?

Still stuck – how about one of these?

  • A video of you reading your favourite Bible verse
  • A video of you and your friends singing your fave worship tune or Christmas carol
  • Pictures of a Christmas card you’ve made and written a prayer in
  • A pic of an illustration of your fave Bible verse
  • A pic of a nicely handwritten prayer, or video of you reading the prayer
  • A very short (100 word) reflection on a Bible passage

Send your message using the form on this page…

Tips and advice

Just to make sure your message gets used, please follow these guidelines…

  • You: Start by praying and ask God to help you come up with a message.
  • You: You can mention your name in the message, but don’t give surnames, addresses or any private information as part of the message, picture or video itself.
  • Us: Please don’t mention Open Doors in the message.
  • Them: Please don’t criticise a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders.
  • Them: Be sensitive. Please don’t dwell on the situation of those that might read the message, or share about the blessings of life in the UK.

Thanks for standing with your family in the Middle East. Any questions or problems with the form, email us at youth@opendoorsyouth.org

Small print
All messages we receive will be checked by a member of the Open Doors team before being submitted for use on the app. Not all messages may be used, depending on their content and suitability. Thanks.

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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