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A safe haven in the midst of hopelessness: How community centers help Christian Iranian refugees in the region to heal and grow
Each year numerous Iranian Christians flee the oppressive Islamic regime. While they escape fierce persecution and imprisonment, life as a refugee in the region is hard and can seem hopeless. With your support, local churches set up community centers as safe places to heal and grow. Young leader Kouroush, a refugee himself, shares about the community center he built in his city with your support.
A family’s saga to stand strong under persecution in Iran.
What brought Taher to an Iranian prison is a powerful story of both faith and resilience.
Thanks to your prayers and support, Sop was able to join in a house church leaders’ gathering which has now evolved into a group of Christian leaders equipping Lao churches and preparing believers for persecution. Through Open Doors local partners, Sop and Dara were also able to attend literacy teacher training and receive materials for their literacy classes, which have become an opportunity for them to be salt and light in their community.
For most of 2020, it seemed that India had escaped the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A swift lockdown had seemed to stop the worst of the spread, even as it economically devastated many Indians, including many Indian Christians.
A wave of violence against Christians is breaking across Nigeria’s Middle Belt. Your support is helping pastors like Jeremiah* to provide persecuted believers with food, money to rebuild and trauma care.
On Easter Sunday, April 19,2019, Rebekah woke up, excited to go to church and sing the song she had practiced with her sister Verlini—a song, she says, that’s all about Jesus’ suffering and love for us. She was standing in the church bookstore, when a bomber detonated the explosive in his backpack in Zion Church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka—killing 30 people and injuring hundreds of others. That day, in a coordinated operation, Islamic extremists targeted and bombed two other churches and three luxury hotels in the island nation.