A timeline of Open Doors history

 

1955: BOLD BEGINNINGS

Brother Andrew smuggles Bibles into Eastern Europe for the first time.

1955: BOLD BEGINNINGS
 

1957: BEETLE DRIVE

Brother Andrew makes the first of many trips to the Soviet Union in his blue Volkswagen Beetle, which was to travel over 200,000 miles.

1956: BEETLE DRIVE
 

1958: BRINGING THE BIBLE

Printing presses begin to print Bibles for distribution to persecuted Christians.

 

1966: CHINESE PERSECUTION

Chairman Mao begins the Cultural Revolution, attempting to wipe out all religion.

 

1967: GOD'S SMUGGLER PUBLISHED

Brother Andrew's biography, God's Smuggler, becomes one of the best-selling Christian books of all time.

1967: GOD'S SMUGGLER PUBLISHED
 

1975: LOVE CHINA

Open Doors sponsors the 'Love China' conference in south east Asia, to encourage ministry to China.

1975: LOVE CHINA
 

1976: RADIO WAVES

The first Open Doors radio transmission is broadcast to encourage persecuted Christians.

 

1977: ROMANIAN BIBLES

1,000 Bibles are delivered in Open Doors' first truck delivery to Romania.

 

1978: MIDDLE EAST MINISTRY

Contact with churches in the Middle East begins. Open Doors sponsors 'Love Africa'.

1978: MIDDLE EAST MINISTRY
 

1979: CHINESE SCRIPTURES

30,000 New Testaments are delivered to Chinese Christians.

 

1981: PROJECT PEARL

'Project Pearl' sees one million Bibles delivered to a beach in China in just one night. Thousands of waiting believers gather to receive them.

1981: PROJECT PEARL
 

1982: SEVEN-YEAR PRAYER CAMPAIGN

Open Doors launches a seven-year campaign of prayer for the Communist Bloc. Seven years later, in 1989, the Berlin Wall falls. The Soviet Union is opened to the gospel and Christian prisoners are released.

 

1985: PROJECT CROSSFIRE

'Project Crossfire' distributes five million pieces of Christian literature in Latin America. Thousands of young people are helped to share their faith in Christ.

 

1989: TARGET ONE MILLION

Open Doors delivers one million New Testaments to Russia.

1989: TARGET ONE MILLION
 

1991: TEN YEARS FOR THE 10-40

A ten year prayer campaign begins for the 10-40 window – the area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia which includes the majority of the world's Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

 

1992: PROJECT SAMUEL

One million children in the former Soviet Union get their very first Bibles, many in remote areas.

 

1993: ALBANIAN BIBLE

Brother Andrew presents the first copy of the full Bible in Albanian to the President of Albania – a country which had once declared itself the world's first atheist state.

 

1996: AGAPE STUDY BIBLE

Study Bibles in Latin American Spanish are printed and delivered.

 

1997: STANDING STRONG

Open Doors launches Standing Strong Through The Storm – a training programme for Christians facing persecution. In its updated version it is still in use today.

 

1998: OPERATION DAILY BREAD

Open Doors launches its first relief project. 'Operation Daily Bread' flies in food and supplies to remote areas of war-torn southern Sudan.

 

1999: INTO NORTH KOREA

Open Doors work in North Korea begins with the delivery of 10,000 Korean Bibles

 

2000: PROJECT BAMBOO

One million Bibles and one million pieces of Christian literature are delivered to China, the largest annual delivery since 'Project Pearl'.

1991: PROJECT BAMBOO
 

2001: OPEN DOORS YOUTH

The first Open Doors Youth forum gathers to identify how to reach the next generation with the message of the persecuted church.

 

2003: HEART FOR IRAQ

Open Doors launches 'Heart for Iraq' delivering materials and bringing encouragement to the church in Iraq.

 

2005: 50TH ANNIVERSARY

As Open Doors celebrates its 50th anniversary, a three-year prayer chain for North Korea is launched.

 

2010: RIGHT TO BELIEVE CAMPAIGN

The 'Right to Believe' campaign sees over 428,000 Christians around the world sign a petition showing their support for persecuted Christians.

 

2013: SAVE SYRIA

In response to the civil war in Syria, Open Doors launches its largest relief programme ever, helping Christians in the country to stay and shine.

1991: SAVE SYRIA
 

2014: IRAQ APPEAL

Open Doors supports thousands of displaced families in Iraq, who have been forced to flee by Islamic militants, including the so-called Islamic State.

2014: IRAQ APPEAL
 

2015: SIXTY YEARS ON

Open Doors 60th anniversary. God's Smuggler is republished for a new audience and a new era.