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We invite you to share an uplifting word with those that are going through hardship. Join us as we encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ through letters.

OPEN DOORS LETTER WRITING

July - November 2018

Send a message of encouragement to a North Korean Believer

Ongoing

NORTH KOREA

There is a rare opportunity for you to connect with North Korean Christians by taking a few minutes out of your day to write them a letter.

Open Doors is currently organizing a letter campaign to make sure these believers know how much we care about them and pray for them.

Our partners in the field let us know that the rising international tension with North Korea is making it even more difficult for believers in the country. Right now, in North Korea, many people like you—fathers, mothers, pastors, and church leaders—find themselves in scary situations without much support. Some have been threatened or attacked, while others have even been sentenced to prison for their work in the underground church. Unfortunately, as a result of having to hide their identities, Christians may feel alone—cut off from or even unaware of supporters around the world.

We will deliver message of encouragement that Open Doors will deliver through underground channels, you can provide a cherished reminder that people these Christians have never met are praying for them.

Send a message of encouragement to a North Korean Believer

Colombian Pastors

DUE: NOVEMBER 30, 2018

COLOMBIA

Persecution against Christians in Colombia, at number 49 on the Open Doors World Watch List, is on the rise. Unknown groups are attacking pastors and church leaders with impunity, defended and supported by the government.

The peace agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Government will complete two years this November. However, though the armed conflict has officially ended, certain regions have seen an increase in violent attacks, as FARC is not the only source of violence and crime in the country.

We encourage you to write to pastors and church leaders in Colombia to encourage them to stand strong in their faith. This campaign is for pastors and their congregations in the regions of Guaviare, Tibu, El Tarra, Tumaco and Arauca. Please stand in the gap with Pastors in this region as they are subjected to increased violent attacks.

Christians in the Middle East

DUE: NOVEMBER 30, 2018

MIDDLE EAST

You can now send encouragement to Christians in the Middle East.

One believer said, “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for these encouraging verses, we thank you for your prayers and encouragement….”

Please send:

  • A tweet-like encouragement message (500 characters max);
  • An original picture with a Bible verse or personal encouragement, or your prayer written out (100 characters max, for text imposed over pictures; 500 characters max, for text accompanied by a picture. Images: 1080 pixels x 1080 pixels);
  • A short video, no longer than 15 seconds, with messages of encouragement or prayer; to encourage@odcan.org

Esther of Nigeria

DUE: NOVEMBER 30, 2018

NIGERIA

While Esther* was in Boko Haram captivity (October 2015 – November 2016), she was under constant pressure to denounce her faith. She was just 17 when she was abducted by the militants.

Esther’s captors found her very beautiful and many of them wanted to have her as a wife. The pressure was severe. But Esther was determined not to give in. “If I perish, I perish, but I will not become a Muslim,” she decided in her heart.

It was a brave decision, but it had dire consequences. She tried to hide her tears as she told an Open Doors worker that she was continually raped. Esther eventually became pregnant, and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Rebecca.

The military rescued Esther and the others around November 2016. But the joy of her freedom was soon overshadowed by sadness. People were not so eager to welcome back the ‘Boko Haram women’, far less their children.

Esther received help from Open Doors with trauma counselling and food aid. She said, “I have no family other than Open Doors. After hearing my story, you did not despise me but encouraged me and showed me love. Thank you so much!” We encourage you to write a note of encouragement to Esther at this time.

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Please mail all letters by their due date to Open Doors Canada

OPEN DOORS CANADA - 8-19 BROWNRIDGE RD. HALTON HILLS,
ON L7G 0C6 | (905) 636-0944

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LETTER WRITING GUIDELINES

For Security Reasons

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters.
  • If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write the Open Doors' address on the postcard.
  • You may provide your name, but do not provide your full address.
  • Do not criticize a country's religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders.
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.
  • Print clearly in English.
  • Be brief and encouraging —Include 1-2 Bible verses it is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children and postcards.