Annual Review

Even as persecution continues to grow and intensify around the world, the church is growing too – and your ongoing prayers and support are a huge encouragement. Thank you for all the ways in which you are standing alongside and lifting up our persecuted church family. See below for more details, stories and films!

 

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A letter from Henrietta

“When we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NLT)

Every year, I am so encouraged and grateful to see the generosity of Open Doors supporters in the UK and Ireland. As I was reading about the extraordinary impact your gifts and prayers had in 2023, I was reminded of the words of 2 Corinthians 9.  

In verse 11, Paul writes, “When we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” We often talk about the inspiring witness of our persecuted brothers and sisters, following Jesus no matter the cost – but Paul’s words remind me that your support for the persecuted church is also a witness. Your faithful gifts and prayers glorify God and testify to His goodness – and our global church family thanks both you and Him. In times of economic difficulty and vulnerability, you have continued to stand alongside the persecuted church – thank you so much. 

This generosity was particularly evident after the devastation of the Syria/Turkey earthquake. Thousands of you gave and prayed for our affected church family. Thanks to Open Doors partners’ longstanding presence in the country, Centres of Hope were ideally positioned to use your donations to support both Christians and others in the community. You helped them spread the hope of Christ during a dark time. 

As you read this annual review, please know that each of your gifts, prayers and actions is encouraging and equipping the persecuted church. 2 Corinthians 9:14 describes recipients of generosity like this: “They will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.” I know that this is still true today. 

At Open Doors, we join in thanking God for you and pray that, in the words of verse 8, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 

Thank you so much and God bless you, 

Henrietta Blyth
CEO, Open Doors UK&I

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