Your support helped restore Manayesh's dignity

Your support helped restore Manayesh's dignity

Sep 19, 2020

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Persecution continues for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The following are a number of recent requests for…

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Prayer requests for the Middle East

Prayer requests for the Middle East

Sep 17, 2020

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Persecution continues for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The following are a number of recent requests for…

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Indonesian Christians still fighting for religious freedom

Indonesian Christians still fighting for religious freedom

Sep 14, 2020

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“We, the Indonesian people, hereby declare Indonesia's independence,” said Sukarno Hatta, in Jakarta, on 17 August 1945. That long-awaited proclamation…

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Update: COVID-19 in Syria

Update: COVID-19 in Syria

Sep 10, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

The hospitals are full. There are not nearly enough testing locations. Five months after the first case of COVID-19 in…

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How you helped thousands of persecuted Christians

How you helped thousands of persecuted Christians

Sep 8, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

A message from ‘Brother John’, Open Doors director for Asia In the town where I live, all shops were closed…

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Libya:

Libya: "Christians need more protection", report tells Human Rights Committee

Sep 4, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Christians in Libya, a country mired in civil war for 9 years, are under “extreme” pressure. Open Doors has asked the UN…

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Iranian church leaders flee just in time

Iranian church leaders flee just in time

Sep 1, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Praise God! Pastor Victor (65) and his wife Shamiram (64), were able to flee from the country shortly before Shamiram's…

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PRAYER REQUEST: Cult poisons young Christian in the Gulf

PRAYER REQUEST: Cult poisons young Christian in the Gulf

Aug 28, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Friends, our partners in the Gulf region sent us an urgent request for prayer as they work on a case…

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"Time for the Nigerian government to take responsibility for violence"

Aug 28, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Joel Amadi is a Nigerian singer who lost his father on July 24. His father was among 10 people killed in an…

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Hope for the victims of the Islamic State

Hope for the victims of the Islamic State

Aug 28, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Six years after militants calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) attacked Iraq’s Yazidi community and thousands of Christians in the Nineveh Plains, the victims are…

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UN day commemorating victims of religious persecution

UN day commemorating victims of religious persecution

Aug 22, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Aug 22nd is the UN Day commemorating victims of violence based on religion or belief. This year’s International Day for religious freedom,…

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Iran: Pastor Victor and Shamiram’s appeals rejected

Iran: Pastor Victor and Shamiram’s appeals rejected

Aug 17, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Please pray for Pastor Victor (65) and his wife Shamiram (64), a Christian Iranian-Assyrian couple. They have been informed by their lawyer that appeals against…

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Kirti's Story: An Unshakeable Faith

Kirti's Story: An Unshakeable Faith

Aug 7, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

In India, it’s said there are millions of gods; although, no one has an exact count. Worshipers often travel to ancient temples…

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Providing food during a pandemic

Providing food during a pandemic

Aug 6, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Tammar’s goal was to help 100 families.   He knew that was unrealistic. After all, providing food to that many people…

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Christianity in Iraq might disappear

Christianity in Iraq might disappear

Aug 4, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

A new report warns that “without immediate concerted action,” Christianity in Iraq might be close to eradication in four years’…

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The COVID-19

The COVID-19 "infodemic"

Aug 4, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

By now it's a familiar story: oppressive regimes and militant sects are driving a COVID-19 wedge between their societies and religious…

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Syria: Crippled by an economic crisis

Syria: Crippled by an economic crisis

Jul 31, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

The events unfolding in Syria currently are leading to an economic crisis. At least one million Syrians are in immediate…

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The impact of Boko Haram violence on one church

The impact of Boko Haram violence on one church

Jul 28, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Nigeria: How one church lost more than 8,000 members to Boko Haram A church denomination in northeast Nigeria says Boko…

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Celebrating 65 Years of Open Doors!

Celebrating 65 Years of Open Doors!

Jul 15, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

In 1955, Brother Andrew started to encourage the church in Eastern Europe and Russia. At the time, the countries in…

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Will there be a church after COVID-19?

Will there be a church after COVID-19?

Jul 7, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Will there be a church after COVID-19? This was a tough question facing the Open Doors director for Asia teams.…

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The Bible: A gift of eternal hope

The Bible: A gift of eternal hope

Jul 3, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Oliver* is one of our partners on the ground in the Arabian Peninsula who knows the risk of sharing the…

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Bangladesh: Christian mother and daughter killed

Bangladesh: Christian mother and daughter killed

Jul 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

In a deeply distressing incident, a young mother and daughter were targeted by a bomb attack in the middle of…

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Egypt: Kidnapping of Christian girls continues unabated

Egypt: Kidnapping of Christian girls continues unabated

Jul 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

At least four young Coptic Christian girls and one married woman have disappeared from their homes since mid-May 2020. A US-based advocacy organization - Coptic Solidarity is…

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Iraq: Mosul's streets still unsafe

Iraq: Mosul's streets still unsafe

Jul 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

It’s been six years since the self-proclaimed Islamic State invaded the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The shelled-out homes and the…

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India: Another state to adopt the anti-conversion law

India: Another state to adopt the anti-conversion law

Jul 1, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

The north Indian state of Haryana might become the ninth state to adopt legislation which criminalizes forced conversion, the so called ‘anti-conversion law’.  The state’s…

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Aisha receives help and comfort from you

Aisha receives help and comfort from you

Jun 30, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

The comfort and help Aisha received from you is extending to her family and community.   Two years ago, Aisha’s…

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Myanmar: Young Christians give up jobs to help fight COVID-19

Myanmar: Young Christians give up jobs to help fight COVID-19

Jun 30, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Young volunteers in Myanmar have responded to an appeal by the National Youth Commission, inviting them to become part of…

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The Church in North Korea can't be Stopped

The Church in North Korea can't be Stopped

Jun 24, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Today, June 25, marks 70 years since the start of the Korean War. During this time, the church in North…

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A Single Father's Joy

A Single Father's Joy

Jun 21, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Magid walks towards us with a big smile when we meet him near his house. “Follow me,” he says, gesturing…

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India's Christians ignored

India's Christians ignored

Jun 12, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Problems for people in India are piling up: While still battling the COVID-19 virus, the country’s east has been hit…

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Algeria in the spotlight

Algeria in the spotlight

Jun 11, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Algeria is now on the US government's persecution radar  When the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 2020 annual…

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Persecution Rising in West Africa

Persecution Rising in West Africa

Jun 9, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

A string of violent incidents in the western African Sahel in recent weeks has provided the kind of evidence that has pushed countries…

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Beginning a Prison Sentence

Beginning a Prison Sentence

Jun 8, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Iranian authorities summoned four Christians on May 28th to begin serving their five-year sentence.   Hossein Kadivar, Khalil Dehghanpour, Kamal Naamanian and Mohammed Vafadar obeyed the summons and are…

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Unshaken.

Unshaken.

Jun 3, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Aman* came to know Jesus when he was 23. It was at the time of turmoil in his home region. The government…

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Iran: Appeal hearing cancelled again

Iran: Appeal hearing cancelled again

Jun 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

An appeal hearing to review the cases of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three other…

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A Call for Help

A Call for Help

May 29, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

There are phone calls you will never forget.    Our partners in India shared with us this cry of help…

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Bangladesh and India Hit by Cyclone Amphan

Bangladesh and India Hit by Cyclone Amphan

May 22, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Bangladesh and India Hit by Amphan  What could be worse than COVID-19? A super cyclone during COVID-19. The Super Cyclone ‘Amphan’, which some are calling…

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Brother Andrew's 92nd Birthday!

Brother Andrew's 92nd Birthday!

May 11, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Not your ordinary hero Open Doors began its journey of serving the persecuted church close to 65 years ago when a…

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Blessings in the midst of disaster

Blessings in the midst of disaster

May 8, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Naomi* makes masks for her community Naomi* is a Christian from a Muslim background in Indonesia, where converting from Islam…

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India and Covid 19

India and Covid 19

May 5, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Christian families in India receive food aid while attacks continue With the most populous democracy in the world under coronavirus…

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Prayer for Iraq

Prayer for Iraq

May 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

An ISIS Resurgence on the move Pray for Christians in Iraq    The government of Iraq is dealing with a…

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A Prayer for a Dictator

A Prayer for a Dictator

Apr 29, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is reported to be in grave danger due to underlying health conditions. Media speculation based on…

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Remembering Easter Sunday church bombings from last year

Remembering Easter Sunday church bombings from last year

Apr 9, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

Every Easter, Christians around the world face increased persecution. Last year a series of devastating suicide bomb attacks in Sri…

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Eun Hye’s encouraging story of God’s faithfulness

Eun Hye’s encouraging story of God’s faithfulness

Mar 27, 2020

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16-year-old Eun Hye closed the toilet door behind her. She was now in the safest and the dirtiest place in the kotjebi camp – a…

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COVID-19 and the Persecuted Church

COVID-19 and the Persecuted Church

Mar 20, 2020

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COVID-19 AND THE PERSECUTED CHURCH Life in Canada and around the world has changed rapidly with the outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve had…

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A special meeting with Asia Bibi

A special meeting with Asia Bibi

Mar 2, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

 ‘God is with you in the exact way He is with me.’  In June 2010, Asia Bibi was convicted of…

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Bangladesh: Teenage boy commits suicide because of persecution

Bangladesh: Teenage boy commits suicide because of persecution

Feb 27, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

**Trigger warning: Suicide Chongya, a 16-yr old believer in Bangladesh took his own life this week because of persecution.  …

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Pray for Sub-Saharan Africa

Pray for Sub-Saharan Africa

Jan 31, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

A three-day call of prayer for Nigeria and an update about an upsurge of violence against Christians in Burkina Faso…

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Persecuted Rohingya believers attacked

Persecuted Rohingya believers attacked

Jan 30, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

We have an urgent prayer request. Our partners in Bangladesh are asking for prayer following an attack on a group…

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India Celebrates its 70th Republic Day

India Celebrates its 70th Republic Day

Jan 26, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

India celebrates its 70th Republic day today. Much pomp and display are put into the celebrations which are telecast nationwide. …

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China—A Time of Great Uncertainty

China—A Time of Great Uncertainty

Jan 24, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

January 25th is Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Rat, the first in the 12-year…

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Laos: Church threatened while the nation celebrates

Laos: Church threatened while the nation celebrates

Jan 23, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

January is a month of celebration in Laos. An annual Buddhist festival known as Boun Pha Vet is celebrated all throughout…

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Update: Rev Lawan Andimi Executed by Boko Haram

Update: Rev Lawan Andimi Executed by Boko Haram

Jan 22, 2020

Author Open Doors Canada

It is with great sadness that we report that Reverend Lawan Andimi, the Adamawa state chairman of the Christian Association…

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George Gives Thanks for the Year Gone By

George Gives Thanks for the Year Gone By

Dec 24, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

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Urgent Prayer Needed for Burkina Faso

Urgent Prayer Needed for Burkina Faso

Dec 4, 2019

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In a recent attack on a church in Burkina Faso, armed men stormed a church in the town of Hantoukoura,…

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Crushed but not Defeated

Crushed but not Defeated

Dec 3, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Reverend Marcus Abana is a pastor in a city in Adamawa State of northern Nigeria. His community suffered devastating attacks…

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An Update on Ebrahim Firouzi

An Update on Ebrahim Firouzi

Nov 13, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Please pray for our dear brother Ebrahim Firouzi in Iran, who is about to begin two years in exile. Ebrahim…

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How the fall of the Berlin Wall changed everything

How the fall of the Berlin Wall changed everything

Nov 9, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

On 9 November 1989, the world changed. The Berlin Wall, the most visible symbol of the division between East and…

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Algeria church closures rise in an alarming rate

Algeria church closures rise in an alarming rate

Oct 29, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

On October 16, police in Algeria closed one of the country’s largest Protestant churches (about 700 members). The next day,…

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Syria Update: Christians in Qamishli Caught in the Middle

Syria Update: Christians in Qamishli Caught in the Middle

Oct 16, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Open Doors partners are on the ground in Northern Syria at this time. They are reaching out with help to…

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Urgent prayers for Syria

Urgent prayers for Syria

Oct 14, 2019

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Christians need your urgent prayer and support as conflict escalates in northern Syria 40,000 to 50,000 Christians are caught up…

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Grateful in Sri Lanka

Grateful in Sri Lanka

Oct 1, 2019

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This is Vijitha, a 28-year-old mother from Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. On April 21, 2019, the day of the Easter Attack,…

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The Story of a Hidden Christian

The Story of a Hidden Christian

Sep 24, 2019

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Hee Jin, now 31, grew up in a stalinistic society were Christians are still enemies of the state. Her grandmother…

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Five Things About North Korea

Five Things About North Korea

Sep 20, 2019

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Christianity is forbidden in North Korea. Here are five things the North Korean government would not want you to know…

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Leah is Alive!

Leah is Alive!

Sep 6, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

The Nigerian presidential team confirmed that Leah is alive. Many of you have been faithfully praying for Leah Sharibu since she…

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Pray for the appeal hearing for six believers in Iran

Pray for the appeal hearing for six believers in Iran

Aug 27, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Iranian Christians request prayer for an upcoming appeal hearing, scheduled for September 3rd, at which the sentences given to six…

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Iranian Christian arrested for reporting an attack

Iranian Christian arrested for reporting an attack

Aug 16, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

If you go to the police to report a crime, you hope to be taken seriously. You don’t expect to…

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India: Religious minorities face more difficulties

India: Religious minorities face more difficulties

Aug 15, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day today. The worrying question in the minds of many in India today is if…

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Kyrgyzstan accelerates church registration, but religious oppression continues

Kyrgyzstan accelerates church registration, but religious oppression continues

Jul 18, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

We have some good news: Since December, Kyrgyzstan’s government has approved the registration of more than 60 religious communities, most…

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Sri Lanka two months after the Easter bombings

Sri Lanka two months after the Easter bombings

Jun 25, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

“We were only stewards of Peter” Two months ago, on Easter Sunday three bombs exploded in three churches in three…

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More Christians killed in an attack in Burkina Faso

More Christians killed in an attack in Burkina Faso

Jun 13, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

The grip of Islamic militants on northern and eastern parts of Burkina Faso is growing. Over 200 churches have been…

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Believers from a Muslim background threatened in southern Philippines

Believers from a Muslim background threatened in southern Philippines

Jun 5, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Muslims in the Philippines, especially in the southern part where the majority of the Philippines’ Muslims live, are celebrating Eid’l…

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UN: New International Day for victims of religious persecution

UN: New International Day for victims of religious persecution

May 31, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Good News! The United Nations has declared August 22 as the International Day [for] Commemorating the Victims of Acts of…

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Iranian church closed down, cross torn down

Iranian church closed down, cross torn down

May 30, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Please pray! The church in Iran continues to suffer. Advocacy organization, Article 18 recently reported that an Assyrian church in…

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Christians in India seek prayer for their nation

Christians in India seek prayer for their nation

May 23, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

India’s general election results announced today declare a landslide victory for the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) led National Democratic Alliance.…

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Christians in northern Burkina Faso in fear after two more attacks

Christians in northern Burkina Faso in fear after two more attacks

May 16, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Two attacks on Christians in northern Burkina Faso in the last few days, in which 10 people were killed, has…

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Brunei’s strict Sharia laws bring bad news for Christians, says OD expert

Brunei’s strict Sharia laws bring bad news for Christians, says OD expert

Apr 5, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

The next set of Sharia laws which came into effect in Brunei on 3rd April, can spell bad news for…

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Christians in North Korea continue to suffer

Christians in North Korea continue to suffer

Feb 27, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

North Korea remains the toughest country in the world for Christians. There are approximately 300,000 Christians in the country, with…

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Christians in Nigeria pray for their Presidential Elections

Christians in Nigeria pray for their Presidential Elections

Feb 15, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Nigeria’s presidential elections take place tomorrow, and Nigerian Christians are praying that their new leader will keep them safe from…

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Prayers for Christians in China at the start of the Chinese New Year

Prayers for Christians in China at the start of the Chinese New Year

Feb 6, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

The year 2018 saw an unprecedented increase of religious persecution in China. The huge numbers of churches raided, pastors arrested…

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2019 World Watch List reveals a distinct increase in persecution

2019 World Watch List reveals a distinct increase in persecution

Jan 16, 2019

Author Open Doors Canada

Five years ago, only North Korea was in the ‘extreme’ category for its level of persecution of Christians. In the…

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EGYPT WILL CELEBRATE WITH A HEAVY HEART

EGYPT WILL CELEBRATE WITH A HEAVY HEART

Dec 19, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

For Christians in Egypt, celebrating a public Christian holiday like Christmas carries risk and baggage. Just last year, 11 people…

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Christmas in Bangladesh

Christmas in Bangladesh

Dec 18, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

A family celebrates Christmas for the first time in Bangladesh While most Christians in Bangladesh can celebrate Christmas with some…

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CHRISTMAS IN NORTH KOREA

CHRISTMAS IN NORTH KOREA

Dec 17, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada, with excerpts by John Choi,* North Korean escapee

With excerpts by John Choi,* North Korean escapee “Christmas? What is that?” That’s what the average North Korean would say…

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GOOD TIDINGS FROM SAUDI ARABIA

GOOD TIDINGS FROM SAUDI ARABIA

Dec 14, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

It’s nighttime in one of Saudi Arabia’s cities. The streets are empty. Two Indian men can be seen walking on…

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CHRISTMAS IN IRAQ

CHRISTMAS IN IRAQ

Dec 14, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

“We waited for three years,” says Merna, a young Christian woman in the Christmas season of 2017. “This year Christmas…

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A SECRET HOUSE CHURCH CHRISTMAS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

A SECRET HOUSE CHURCH CHRISTMAS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Dec 14, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

For most Christians in the West, the leadup to Christmas is often an occasion marked by some of our most…

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International Day of Religious Freedom

International Day of Religious Freedom

Oct 26, 2018

Author Gary Stagg

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. Sadly, this fundamental freedom is increasingly deteriorating with Christianity being the most…

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There are two Colombias

There are two Colombias

Sep 20, 2018

Author Andrew Croft

I remember sitting at the dinner table at the Children’s home in Colombia as our interpreter declared, “There are two…

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Schools in Nigeria bring hope

Schools in Nigeria bring hope

Sep 4, 2018

Author Monica Ratra

What is common with five of the Sharia states in northern Nigeria? Apart from severe hostility to Christians living there,…

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Pakistan’s elections – 5 things you must know

Pakistan’s elections – 5 things you must know

Jul 24, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

The country of Pakistan prepares for national and provincial elections on July 25. We request prayer for Pakistani Christians at…

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Vital Help to Displaced Christians in Jos Fulani attacks

Vital Help to Displaced Christians in Jos Fulani attacks

Jul 3, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

Over the weekend of June 23 and 24, suspected Fulani herders went on a killing spree in villages around Jos,…

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Hope To Live Again

Hope To Live Again

Jun 22, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

Wasihun’s family, living in a remote part of Ethiopia, used to be the only Christian family in their entire village.…

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Drops of Hope

Drops of Hope

Jun 22, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

Pakistan is always high on Open Doors’ annual World Watch List. There’s a lot of violence, but what’s affecting the…

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Enabling victims of sexual violence in conflict to stay ‘part of us’

Enabling victims of sexual violence in conflict to stay ‘part of us’

Jun 22, 2018

Author Elizabeth Lane Miller

Adrienne* survived a brutal sexual attack during a conflict with ex-Seleka militants in Central African Republic (CAR), only to be…

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Brother Andrew reminds believers in Pakistan: ‘We are here for the Book’

Brother Andrew reminds believers in Pakistan: ‘We are here for the Book’

Jun 14, 2018

Author Monica Ratra

The Dutchman who became known as ‘God’s Smuggler’ celebrated his 90th birthday just days after a rare trip to his beloved…

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Celebrating Easter Across the Globe

Celebrating Easter Across the Globe

Apr 1, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

In Canada, we have a variety of Easter traditions. Many of us will attend church services with special music, drama…

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Ten ways to pray with the persecuted church at Easter

Ten ways to pray with the persecuted church at Easter

Mar 31, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

During the Easter season, many followers of Jesus face increased persecution because enemies of the gospel seek to disrupt the…

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Easter

Palm Sunday celebrated by thousands of Iraqi Christians in Qaraqosh

Palm Sunday celebrated by thousands of Iraqi Christians in Qaraqosh

Mar 25, 2018

Author Open Doors Canada

For the first time since ISIS drove all the Christians from Iraq’s Nineveh Plain in 2014, the Christian town of…

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