OPEN DOORS

Open Doors began in 1955 when a young Dutch missionary named Andrew Van Der Bijl (known today as Brother Andrew) went to then-Communist Eastern Europe. He met Christians in desperate need of Bibles, prayer support, and encouragement. There, he had received a calling from the Lord – to strengthen what remained (Revelation 3:2).

Brother Andrew smuggled Bibles and Christian literatures into dangerous places, encouraged persecuted believers, and recruited people to help him. The ministry expanded and became an international organization serving in over 60 countries.

Our Purpose

To strengthen and 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 evangelism 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 mobilizing the Body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and be actively involved in assisting them.

We do so because we believe when one member suffers, all members suffer with it (1 Corinthians 12:26), all doors are open and God enables His Body to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.

Our Core Values

  • We are part of the Body of Christ; a people to people people.
  • We are Persecuted Church driven.
  • We are people of the Bible.
  • We are people of prayer.
  • We live and work by faith.
  • We are devoted to Jesus Christ and His commission.
  • We are motivated solely for the glory of God.

Our Ministry

Bible and Literature Distribution

Many persecuted believers do not have their own Bible and are hungry for God’s Word. Open Doors helps Christians get nourishment from Scripture by writing, translating, printing, and distributing Bibles and literatures.

Community Development

Due to persecution, there are Christians who lose their loved ones or face extreme discrimination. Open Doors gives relief aid, livelihood support, and community development projects to assist them in their daily needs.

Church Mobilization

Because of violence and pressure, some believers feel alone and isolated. Open Doors bridges the gap between the Philippine Church and Persecuted Church through different materials and activities.

Training

In some countries, opportunities to be equipped for ministry are very rare for persecuted Christians. Open Doors offers discipleship and leadership training to help believers to grow firm in their faith.

Advocacy

Persecuted Christians need the help of government leaders and the general public. Open Doors takes every opportunity to tell the story of the Persecuted Church around the world.

God spoke to me… Strengthen what remains which is at the point of death [Revelation 3:2]… That began a totally new life for me. And it was also a seed of a new ministry called now Open Doors.” – Brother Andrew