Christmas looks different this year. We can identify, as never before, with persecuted Christians. Here are five Bible verses that explore the Christmas story. A story not so different from the experience of the persecuted church today. There is a family – a mother, a father, a newborn child – visited by shepherds, discovered by wise men, and hunted by the authorities.
This Christmas, there will be an empty chair at the table for Sele’s family in Nigeria. His father was killed for his faith – Sele has never known his dad. But you can spark hope for him, and thousands of other persecuted Christian children.
Matti* from Iraq was born into a Christian family and loves Jesus – but his ID card says he is a Muslim. This has stopped Matti from living the life he wants to live, including having a family of his own. And he is not the only Christian affected by this law. But thanks to you, lawyers like Mr Youhanna are fighting to restore their true identity.
In the face of a severe food crisis, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has ordered its people to eat less food. According to the UN, at least 10 million people, or 40% of the population, are now in need of urgent food aid.
Increasing violence in Myanmar has displaced thousands of local Christians over the last few weeks. But your support and prayers are making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.
Anwar* in Syria was thrown out when he became a Christian – he didn’t have a home or family, but he had the incredible hope of life lived with Jesus. Thanks to Open Doors supporters, a Centre of Hope was able to give him somewhere to live, and the chance to teach the next generation of believers.