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Write to Latifa


After befriending a Christian man and his mother, Latifa* from North Africa hoped to convince them to become Muslims.

“I was shocked,” Latifa recalls. “To me there were no Christians in North Africa.” She returned to the Quran to prove them wrong. “I kept meeting them because I wanted them to become Muslims.”

But something was stirring in Latifa, then aged 26. “I used to go home and read my Bible, then call the mother even in the middle of the night and talk about it. I couldn’t stay away from my Bible. It was breathing life into my soul.”

This continued for six months until, at an Easter service, Latifa became a Christian. “Everyone was surprised, including me.”

Sadly, Latifa’s family greeted the decision with hostility. She received death threats and was driven from home.

Amazingly, after getting engaged to the man who first introduced her to Jesus, Latifa’s family accepted the marriage and the broken relationships were restored.

However, when the couple sought to live where Latifa’s mother is from, persecution resumed. The wider family issued death threats and intervened to get the couple twice evicted from their home. They also got the husband fired from his job, made threats about their daughter, and put pressure on Latifa’s mother. “My mother asked me to never visit her again,” says Latifa, now aged 42.

Will you write to Latifa – who has also had to battle cancer – to encourage her in her faith?

*name changed for security reasons


  • This is an online only campaign
  • Latifa speaks Arabic and a little French. Please write short and simple phrases in either English or French (please see here for a selection of messages in French that you might like to use)
  • Be encouraging and include one or two Bible verses. For security reasons, please do not use verses that refer to Israel, armies, or war
  • Show sensitivity. Please do not dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For security

  • Do not mention Open Doors
  • Do not mention other religions
  • Do not refer to Israel, even when using Scripture
  • Do not criticise religions, religious extremists, governments, judicial systems or political leaders
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help
  • You can disclose your name and the country you live in, but do not provide your full name or full address.

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Please note this campaign ends 31 August 2022

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