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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.

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A letter-writing guide has been designed to help children send messages of encouragement to children who experience persecution.


Download the guide by clicking below. Pictures can be emailed to: encourage@odcan.org

Deadline December 31, 2019

OPEN DOORS LETTER WRITING

June - December 2019

INDIA

Sisters, Meena* and Sunita* were badly beaten with bamboo sticks by some of their Hindu neighbours who were angry they had decided to follow Jesus. Your support enabled Open Doors' local church partners to provide them with food and medical care immediately after the attack.

Letters of encouragement from their church family around the world have helped strengthen their faith, and they know that they are not alone.

Your letters of encouragement are so valuable. We invite you to send us a card or letter of encouragement to send to a brother or sister in India.

*names changed for security reasons

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 digital message of encouragement to a North Korean Believer

IRAN

An Iranian convert to Christianity serving ten years in prison for “missionary activities”, Nasser, turned 57 recently. He was first arrested in June 2016 alongside three Azerbaijanis, following a raid on a wedding party. The four men were sentenced a year later, but the Azerbaijanis have not been forced to return to Iran to serve their sentences. Nasser lost his appeal against his sentence in Nov. 2017 and was moved to Evin Prison in January.

He recently wrote from prison, “I thank God in perfect joy and peace for considering me worthy to be here because of my faith in and witness to Jesus Christ.”

Our advocacy partners, Article 18 will facilitate delivering the notes of encouragement to Nassar Navard Gol-Tapeh

IRAN

Ebrahim Firouzi (31) was charged with “promoting Christian Zionism” following his arrest in March 2013. He was tried at the Revolutionary Court in his hometown of Robat Karim, just to the south-west of Tehran. He was charged for conducting evangelism activities.

He has been imprisoned since August 2013, and though he was due for release in 2015, he has been kept back under new charges of “acting against national security, gathering and collusion”. He was sentenced to a further five years in jail.

Please send a note of encouragement to Firouzi that he may hold on to Christ through these very difficult days.

Our advocacy partners, Article 18 will facilitate delivering the notes of encouragement to Ebrahim Firouzi

IRAN

Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz was arrested with two members of his church in 2014 as they celebrated Christmas together. The government had already closed the Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church which he led, in 2009. He was found guilty of “conducting evangelism” and “illegal house-church activities”, among other charges, and given a ten-year prison sentence. His first appeal hearing was heard in June this year. but the court’s decision is awaited. He is on bail at the moment, and it is hard to be in a state of uncertainty not knowing if he will be called to serve his prison term.

Our advocacy partners, Article 18 will facilitate delivering the notes of encouragement to Pastor Victor and his wife

IRAN

Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, the wife of Victor Bet-Tamraz, is appealing against a five-year prison sentence for “acting against national security and against the regime by organizing small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies”.

Shamiram is awaiting the results of her appeal, and is out on bail at the moment. Kindly pray that her appeal is heard and she can be set free.
Your encouragement will help her in this time of uncertainty.

Our advocacy partners, Article 18 will facilitate delivering the notes of encouragement to Pastor Victor and his wife

NIGERIA

On February 19, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls from the secondary school in the town of Dapchi, Nigeria. On February 26, the government confirmed that 110 girls remained unaccounted for. Leah Sharibu, daughter of Nathan and Rebecca Sharibu, was the only Christian in the group. On March 21 all the girls, except for Leah, were released through back-channel efforts. Leah’s father told local media he heard that it is because she is a Christian and refused to convert to Islam. Latest reports reveal that extremists have claimed Leah as their slave for life. Please pray for Leah to stand strong at this time, and for her parents to be encouraged.

Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday 2019, the Southeast Asian country of Sri Lanka was rocked by one of the worst attacks on Christians in Asia in recent history. Three of the eight explosions targeted Sri Lankan churches during Easter Sunday worship services—killing nearly 300 people.

We invite you to write a note of encouragement to Sri Lankan Believers. You can send an email to encourage@odcan.org or drop in a prayer at this link.

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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,
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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.