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Persecution Stories


When war came to Aleppo, Pastor Abdalla felt God calling him to stay in Syria. He risked persecution and violence in his courageous response to this calling.

Now that Syrians are returning and rebuilding their lives, businesses and communities, Abdalla's church is a Centre of Hope.

Your help is restoring hope for hundreds of people who had lost everything.



"We still need your help; we need people to stand with us."
- Pastor Abdalla, who runs a Centre of Hope in Syria, funded by Open Doors
  • Tirham courageously offers hope at an Open Doors Nigerian trauma centre

    Tirham counsels men and women who have experienced trauma. Here she shares how she sees God changes lives at an Open Doors trauma centre in Nigeria.

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  • Uncertainty continues as two priests killed in shooting and bombs detonated in Qamishli

    Christians living in Qamishli in northeast Syria continue to face violence and uncertainty. On Monday 11 November, beloved priest Hovsep Petoyan of the Armenian Catholic Church, and his father Abraham Petoyan, who was the former priest of the same church, were shot dead by terrorists. On the same day, three bombs were also detonated in the city.

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  • Thirty years since the Berlin Wall, other post-Communist countries need your prayers

    The Berlin Wall came down after a seven-year prayer campaign. What is life like now for the church that was under Communist rule 30 years on?

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  • Iranian believer to begin two-year exile after five years in prison - please pray

    Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj – where he’d been imprisoned for five years – on 26 October, but will soon begin to serve two years’ internal exile in Sarbaz on the border with Pakistan.

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  • Jina’s husband was kidnapped six years ago. Abdalla’s Centre of Hope has stood by her. Can you?

    Abdalla and his church are standing with Jina and her son Abraham, providing prayer and essential fuel and food. 

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  • Nine Iranian Christians sentenced to five years in prison

    The nine men were convicted of 'acting against national security' and 'promoting Zionism'.

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  • Your support and prayers are helping Christians displaced by fighting in northern Syria

    The recent ceasefire in northern Syria is an answer to prayer, but Christians in the region still need your prayer and support for immediate need and the longer term.

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  • Interview: Pastor George, northern Syria

    Pastor George, who leads a church in Qamishli in northern Syria, talks to us about the Turkish attacks, what his church is doing next and how the international church can pray.

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  • UPDATE: All 17 Christians released after being arrested during peaceful protest

    UPDATE: All 17 Christians have been released after they were arrested during a peaceful sit-in after their church was closed by the local authorities. Please pray for our brothers and sisters during this difficult time.

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  • The latest news from Syria: a round-up

    The latest updates from the emerging crisis in northern Syria, and how you can be praying for your brothers and sisters

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  • Syria emergency appeal

    Christians need your urgent prayer and support as conflict escalates in northern Syria

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  • Urgent prayer needed for Syrian Christians fleeing Turkey attacks

    Christians in north east Syria are preparing to flee their homes as the bombings and attacks by Turkish armed forces escalate. We are asking urgently for prayer, particularly for our brothers and sisters in Qamishli, Kobani, Hassaka and other areas of north east Syria near the Turkish border.

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  • “It felt more like harassment than helping”: Susanna Koh questioned by Malaysian police

    Susanna Koh, wife of the abducted pastor Raymond, was recently questioned by the police after meeting with the taskforce set up to investigate her husband's kidnapping.

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  • See. Change. in Malvern

    Great Malvern Priory have hosted a joint exhibition of the "I See You" handmade petition and the Tears of Gold resource, helping parishioners pray for persecuted Christian women.

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  • “I see you” handmade petition to be exhibited in Chapter House, Westminster Abbey

    The handmade petition, in support of Christian women who are persecuted for both their faith and their gender, will be displayed in Chapter House, Westminster Abbey in November.

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