Our 60th anniversary year was a year of remarkable growth. As we shared with supporters the increasing challenges facing Christians around the world, it was a privilege to witness an incredible outpouring of generosity and solidarity towards our persecuted family.
For the second year in a row, record levels of income enabled us to devote nearly £2 million more than in the previous year to supporting the persecuted church. Nearly 30,000 people committed to support the work of Open Doors for the first time.
To each person who prays, gives, volunteers and speaks out for their persecuted family, thank you. Your support truly is changing the world of the persecuted church.
Here is how your support changed the lives of persecuted Christians in 2015
PROVIDING BIBLES AND CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
Open Doors UK and Ireland devoted £889,898 to the provision of Bibles, books and other Christian resources. A large proportion of this went to providing Bibles to Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. Find out more...
TRAINING FOR LEADERSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP
We contributed nearly £2 million towards theological and discipleship training programmes, Sunday school teacher training and trauma counselling. Much of this was used to support Christians in Africa and the Middle East, where extremism is on the rise and persecution is increasing. Find out more...
SUSTAINING LIVES, SUPPORTING LIVELIHOODS
An incredible £3,494,529 was given to community development, livelihood training and relief projects. More than £2 million of this was used to keep hope alive for over 25,000 Christian families forced to flee Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria. Significant support was also given to believers in North Korea, Africa and India. Find out more...
SPEAKING OUT IN ADVOCACY
We gave £415,995 towards legal support and training for persecuted believers. In the UK and Ireland, our advocacy team focused on speaking to people of influence and mobilising public campaigning. Over 32,500 people spoke out on behalf of the persecuted church and 108 MPs attended the parliamentary launch of our 2016 World Watch List. Find out more...
RAISING AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGING PRAYER
Nearly 30,000 people committed to support the work of Open Doors for the first time last year. Almost 26,000 supporters prayed with their persecuted family during Lent using our devotional resource, The Step of Yes, and over 2,300 supporters, old and new, joined us at Birmingham's ICC to celebrate 60 years of God's faithfulness to the persecuted church.
ENGAGING AND MOBILISING THE CHURCH
There was a significant increase in churches engaging with the persecuted church last year. Key Christian festivals such as Spring Harvest and New Wine gave Open Doors space in their programmes. Many events in Scotland and Ireland engaged supporters and churches locally. Find out more
PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPPORTERS
Over 1000 young people at summer festivals said ‘Yes’ to standing alongside persecuted Christians. Loads of youth groups went silent online as part of our 48 hour BLACKOUT weekend. Some prayed, some gave, others busked, shaved their hair or hiked, raising over £60, 000 to support their persecuted family.
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