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Open Doors magazine

January/February 2022

Bae (name changed) has been exiled to a remote village in North Korea. She faces a lifetime of back-breaking labour and near-starvation. All because the authorities found a Bible in her home. Bae managed to escape once – to a safe house in China, run by Open Doors partners. There, she found vital shelter, aid and community. Amazingly, she chose to return home – to continue serving her underground church. You can read more about her story in the January 2022 magazine.

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Previous Issues

God is always with me: Persecuted children find hope at Christmas

This Christmas, there are many families around the world who are remembering someone who is missing. For Rafif’s family in Iraq, and Sele’s family in Nigeria, that’s their dads – both of whom were killed because of their Christian faith. In this magazine, you can see how they are continuing to find hope in God’s love, and how you’re helping them know that their worldwide family hasn’t forgotten them.

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Put Hope at the Centre: Supporting Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

In this issue of the magazine, you’ll meet Anwar* - the son of a Muslim leader in Syria. When he became a Christian, his family threw him out – but, thanks to Open Doors supporters, a local Centre of Hope was able to give Anwar somewhere to stay and hope for the future. “If it weren’t for the Centre of Hope, I don’t know what I would have done,” says Anwar. “I would be homeless, hungry and alone.”

*Name changed for security reasons

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Caught between two crises: Indian Christians are facing pandemic and persecution

For Christians in India, Covid-19 is only half the story. As well as being disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic, Indian Christians also face violence and rejection fuelled by Hindu extremist propaganda. Vinita (name changed) was savagely attacked in her home while she was praying with her pastor and his wife. When they got to hospital, they were denied treatment because of this faith. Learn more – and find out how your prayers and support are helping Indian believers.

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What would you do if the secret police demanded names?

Imagine you are under police interrogation and asked to write down the names of Christians you know, otherwise your family could be in danger. This is exactly what Taher* experienced. You can read his extraordinary story in the latest magazine – one that reinforces the acute dangers facing many secret believers from Muslim backgrounds in the Middle East, and why your prayers and support are so precious to them.

*Name changed

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Empowered to empower: See. Change. for persecuted women

Imagine you are persecuted because of your faith – and especially vulnerable because of your gender.

That’s the story of millions of Christian women around the world, and why the See. Change. campaign continues to acknowledge and respond to their stories. In this magazine, you can read about Sozan from Syria and Peninah from Kenya – two very different experiences, but both of which the double vulnerability of Christian women.

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Would you survive in North Korea?

North Korea has been the place where Christians face the most extreme persecution since 2002. In this magazine, you’ll find interviews with courageous Open Doors secret workers who support North Korean believers who have managed to flee the country. They explain the danger that their work puts them in – and how God sustains them throughout, and their vision for the future of North Korea.

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Comfort and joy: Be family to persecuted children this Christmas

Twelve-year-old Daniela in Colombia, and 10-year-old Bijli in Bangladesh, know what it's like to be persecuted for following Jesus. Daniela's father, Pastor Plinio, was murdered for his faith. Bijli's family are ostracised by their Muslim-majority village. But your gifts and prayers mean they can find comfort and joy with a loving Christian community. You can be family to extraordinarily courageous children like them around the world.

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Making hope visible: Standing with our persecuted family in Syria

Pastor George has stood with his congregation in Qamishli, Syria, through years of war, bombing and persecution. Coronavirus is a new, invisible threat meaning many are jobless, hungry and desperate. In this magazine, discover how Open Doors partners like Pastor George are keeping hope alive in their communities, thanks to your gifts and prayers.


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“When I was hungry…: Feeding Indian Christians”

Christians in India are often last in line for essential Covid-19 food and aid because of their faith - and this is on top of the persecution they already face for following Jesus. Akash*, an Open Doors partner in India, explains how his team are helping those in crisis. Read Akash's story and much more in Open Doors' July/August 2020 magazine. *Name changed for security reasons

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