...so that persecuted Christians get the support they need.
2017 was another strong year for partnership with the local church in the UK and Ireland, as Open Doors formed direct partnerships with individual churches as well as denominational and network leaders.
As a fulfilment of our priorities, existing relationships were deepened with networks including the Church of England, Baptist Associations, Presbyterian Church of Ireland, Elim, Vineyard and 24/7. We also developed new relationships with Church Leadership formation colleges, Holy Trinity Brompton network churches, and an ever-increasing range of individual and independent churches across the UK and Ireland.
Our dedicated team continued to invest in relationships with church leaders through one-to-one meetings, leading and speaking into church gatherings, and hosting church leaders on trips to meet persecuted believers and the local church in the field.
All this investment resulted in a growth of our partner church network by another 120 churches over the year. Churches requested a record 6,700 church resource packs, and income from churches was just over £1.2 million. The impact on individuals being inspired to support the persecuted church because of the church services, denominational and network events and festivals we invested in is unquantifiable.
“I was healed from my troubles when I first received the support for my family. But this time the healing was from the inside.” Abebu, An Ethiopian Widow