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Open Doors works in over 60 countries, supplying Bibles, training Church Leaders, providing practical support  and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith.  In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.  

The ministry of Open Doors has its origins in one man and one journey.  In 1955, a young Dutchman went to Warsaw and discovered the existence of a persecuted church.  He became known as Brother Andres and from 1955 to 1967 he travelled throughout Eastern Europe, delivering scriptures, encouraging persecuted believers and recruiting others to help him.  The publication of  'God's Smuggler' in 1967 catapulted Andrew to worldwide renown.  An entire generation caught the vision of supporting the persecuted church.  

Open Doors' purpose is to strengthen an equip the body of Christ living under or facing restriction and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage their involvement in world envangelism by:

  • Providing Bibles and literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development and through intercessory prayer; 
  • Preparing the body of Christ living in threatened or unstable areas to face persecution and suffering; and 
  • Educating and mobilising the body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and be actively involved in assisting them.
Open Doors have 7 Core Values;
  • We are:  Part of the Body of Christ; a "People to People" People.
  • 'Persecuted Church' driven.
  • People of the Bible. 
  • People of Prayer.
  • Living and Working by Faith.
  • Devoted to Jesus Christ with his Commission. 
  • Motivated solely for the glory of God. 
1 Corinthians 12:26 says "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;  if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it".  When one member suffers, all member suffer with him, all doors are open and God enables his body to go into all the world and preach the gospel. 

Open Doors have been asking God to give them a vision of how the church in the UK and Ireland can stand shoulder to shoulder with persecuted Christians - churches can help by becoming a partner church. 

 Madeley Baptist Church is a partner Church and as a partner church we are asked to :
  • Hold at least one persecuted church service per year. 
  • Pray regularly as a whole church.
  • Engage with emergency appeals as and when Open Doors launch them.
  • Share petitions that call on our political leaders to support persecuted Christians.  

As a partner church Madeley Baptist Church has an Open Doors representative who would really appreciate it if you remember persecuted Christians in your prayers.  To guide you in this we receive regular emails from Open Doors in order to inform us of the latest news and to guide us in our prayers.  Please see below and press the link to open the articles.  In addition The World Watch List is Open Doors annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.  If you click on the World Watch List link above you can explore the country profiles to find information, stories and prayers for each of the countries on the World Watch List.  

World Watch List - 2020 Trends (In Brief for further information click on the link)
  • North Korea - Since 2002, North Korea (1) has been the most difficult place to follow Jesus.  But terrible though it is,  it's not an outlier.  Afghanistan (2) and Somalia (3) are close behind in the Open Doors analysis of persecution risk. 
  • Sri Lanka (30) - The horrific Easter church attacks, in which more than 250 people were killed, are the main reason that Sri Lanka (30) has jumped 16 places from number 46. 
  • China (23) - In the past two years, China (23) has risen sharply on the World Watch List - from 43 in 2018.  Increasingly, churches are pressured and monitored by the state. 
  • Burkina Faso (28) - Last year, Burkino Faso wasn't even in the top 50.  Now it's the 28th hardest place to follow Christ.  This is largely due to radical Islamic attacks on churches, Christian schools and health centres. 
  • Bangladesh (38) - Bangladesh (38) has risen 10 places this year, and this reflects worsening persecution in all spheres of life, including a sharp increase in violence. 
  • Indonesia (49) - Indonesia (49) has fallen furthest of any country.  This is largely because of its unusually high ranking in 2018, when coordinated attacks on three churches that killed 18 people.

Rachael Mortimer, 09/06/2019