Open Doors brings practical support to widows, to orphans, to those displaced by violence or natural disaster. Worldwide, last year Open Doors served 879,000 people, with relief aid, livelihood support and community development projects.
"GOD HAS CHANGED MY STORY," SAYS ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIAN BELEN.
When Belen's husband rejected her because of her faith, she was able to open a coffee shop to support her family, thanks to the prayers and gifts of Open Doors supporters.
Belen became a Christian through the witness of a friend.
"My life was in ruins," she says. "I struggled with bad dreams and many other things tormented me."
A Christian friend heard about Belen's struggles, and prayed with her. "That night I slept for the first time in seven months. Who would believe that a ten minute prayer would break my heavy yoke?"
Belen decided to follow Jesus . "My lifestyle changed completely," she says. But her new faith came at a great price. Her husband rejected her and their children Dawit (8), Solomon (6), and Ataklti (4). Her brother even took her to court.
Open Doors partners helped her with legal costs and also supported her in starting a coffee shop. It means that the family have an income, and the children are not forced to beg on the streets. Dawit, her eldest son, says: "I am excited that I can learn and I thank God that He is keeping my mother and all of us safe."
"Thank you so much for helping me by providing a temporary safe place to live. It is so wonderful to realise that children of God, my Christian family, are ready to come up and help in the midst of terrible circumstances. Thank you so much for praying for me. I know many people have prayed around the world."
- Batima, persecuted believer in Central Asia
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