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Letter-writing Guidelines

To get started

STEP 1.
Before you start, please read our simple guidelines to help you as you write your letters and cards. If you're not sure what to write, use our sample letter below as a guide for your own letters and cards of encouragement

STEP 2.
Choose who you would like to write a letter to. You may prefer to address your cards and letters simply to 'brother' or 'sister in Christ' and we will forward them to individuals who need encouragement and don't receive many cards.

STEP 3.
Please post cards and letters to:

Open Doors UK & Ireland,
PO Box 6,
Witney,
OX29 6WG
.

If you write more than one letter, you do not need to send them in individual envelopes or send stamps. Instead, please put all your letters in one envelope.

Simple guidelines

  • Pray before you start
    Ask God to give you the right words to say

  • Share God's Word
    Include one or two Bible verses. For other languages, visit www.biblegateway.com

  • Show sensitivity
    Please don't dwell on the recipient's plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country

  • Translation
    Write in simple English, or if you are able, in the recipient's language

  • Keep it short and simple
    Short letters cost less for us to post on and are easier to translate for those recipients who do not speak English.

  • Feel free to include your details
    It's fine to include your name and country but NOT your full address

  • Security
    Please do not mention Open Doors in your letters, criticise a country's religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders.

  • Postcards
    If you are writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope rather than writing Open Doors' address on the card.

  • Handmade cards
    Making cards is a great way of helping younger people to connect with persecuted Christians. There are a number of children mentioned in this guide who would love to receive a colourful card. Please note that any cards or pictures sent must be small, light and not too fragile for posting

  • Gifts
    Please DO NOT include money in your letter or card as Open Doors will not be able to forward your gift on. It is unsafe and can cause difficulties for the recipient
  • North Korea
    We regret we are unable to forward letters to believers in North Korea.

Please do keep a prayerful attitude as you write your letter or card. Once you've sent your letter, remember to pray for the person you've written to.

Sample Letter

Use this template letter as a starting point for your own letters and cards of encouragement.

Dear [recipient's name],

I heard about your situation and wanted to write to you and let you know that you are in my prayers. Although we have never met, we are united as brothers and sisters in Christ.

I cannot imagine what it must be like to have to endure your sufferings. But I know that the Lord is with you - even in the hardest times. I pray that you will know His presence and His peace everyday. Keep looking to Him and trusting in Him, because He is a faithful God.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

With love in Christ

[Your name]

[Your country - optional]