When Sara in Iraq told her father she’d become a Christian, he put her under house arrest. Then he threatened her with forced marriage. Around the world, millions of Christian women and girls face persecution for their faith and their gender. In the latest magazine, you’ll read Sara’s story among other testimonies, impact stories and prayer requests.
Ji Ho* in North Korea didn’t know why her father’s secret book was so dangerous. When police agents found it, he was dragged away to prison. Only later did she realise it was a Bible – when she heard an underground radio station talking about Jesus. In this magazine, you can read about the dangers of following Jesus in the place where Christians count the highest cost.
*Ji Ho is a pseudonym and her story is based on several true accounts of life in North Korea, to protect any specific person from being identified.
A brighter future? Help persecuted Christian children this Christmas.
Fasil and Ezana (names changed) are seven-year-old twins in Ethiopia whose Christian community faces persecution from local Muslims. Their church was even attacked on Christmas Day. In this magazine, find out how your support can help the community heal through a ‘bridge’ project – a school for children of all faiths. You’ll also find updates on how your gifts and prayers throughout 2023 are changing lives around the world.
Escalating violence in sub-Saharan Africa: Ayuba’s story of grief and forgiveness
Ayuba* in Nigeria was only 20 when his father was killed by Islamic militants. He vowed revenge – but, after receiving trauma care from Open Doors local partners, chose to forgive the man who’d betrayed his father. You can help courageous Christians like Ayuba stand up to violent persecution – found out how in the latest magazine.
Risking everything for North Korean refugees: Read Rebecca’s secret diary
Rebecca (name changed) is an Open Doors underground fieldworker who takes extraordinary risks to support North Korean refugees through networks in China. In the latest magazine, you can read her secret diary – discovering the dangers she faces, and the transformations she sees.
Hope at Christmas: You can show persecuted children that they’re family.
Valentina (15) in Colombia is vulnerable to guerrilla gangs and threats from indigenous groups – because her dad is a church leader. She is one of hundreds of thousands of Christian children around the world who face persecution for their faith. This Christmas, meet Valentina and hear her story – as well as many other children from different countries.
A church filled with hope: How Christians in Nigeria are finding joy despite violence
Pastor Edward is an Open Doors partner in Syria – he’s run a Centre of Hope for years, serving and encouraging the local community. Right now, he explains, the economic situation is worse than ever for the persecuted church. “For the first time in our country, the middle class is now close to starvation.” In this magazine, you can read his story – and see how he is making hope last in the Middle East.