India | Digital Encouragement Campaign
When life is hard, you need encouragement. You need to know that you’re not alone. It’s true for every Christian, but it’s especially true for persecuted Christians. In India, Christians make up less than five percent of the population, and in rural areas they can be particularly isolated. They face beatings, false imprisonment and even death because of their faith.
That’s why Open Doors launched a digital encouragement campaign for persecuted Christians in India so that they can be strengthened in their faith by their Christian family around the world.
HERE’S A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPAIGN:
1. Read the story of Abishek* (Go here) and notice how it makes you feel. What would you say if you were to meet Abishek or one of the Christians he serves? Perhaps you can imagine yourself talking to a mother, a father, a teenager, a child, a pastor, or an Open Doors partner.
*Name changed for security reasons
2. Remember a time when you were sad or worried. What helped you get through it? How did God bring encouragement to you? Maybe there’s a Bible verse or story that’s signiﬁcant for you.
3. Send a short message (in English) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together with your message, you can send a photo (of your handwritten letter/drawing, of you and your family, etc.) or even a short video or voice recording. Feel free to be creative, but please DO NOT mention Open Doors, give your full name and/or address, make offers of help/to send money, or mention anything to do with the news, religion, politics or government of India.
For safety reasons, we have to protect the identity of the Christians who will receive your messages so we can’t give you speciﬁc names. But we will make sure they go to those who are most in need of encouragement.
An example message for inspiration:
My name is Ray and I work in a hospital. When I was 14, I decided to follow Jesus and I’ve never looked back. I just wanted to share this word from Psalm 84:5 – “Blessed are those whose strength is in you”. I pray that the Lord will turn your desert into a place of springs (v. 6). Although I sometimes feel that He has forgotten me, the Bible assures me it’s not true. Jesus is with us. The story of His birth, life, death and resurrection gives us that certain hope.