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Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places.

For almost 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution, and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these places. When Christians are strengthened in the Lord, they begin to demonstrate God’s forgiveness, and reach out in love, even to their oppressors.

One of the greatest challenges to Christians living under oppression is isolation – from God’s Word and from the Body of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 12:26, it says, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for Christians, who are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries.

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A recently a video emerged from Boko Haram showing the kidnaped Nigerian girls dressed in burqas while being held captive. The girls have been held hostage for a month now, and each passing day brings more fear and uncertainty.

Open Doors is on the ground in Nigeria, and other countries, supporting women and children like these who have had their lives turned upside down by the horrific acts of extremists.

Through programs like trauma counseling, training to stand strong in the face of persecution and even rebuilding homes and churches destroyed by extremist groups, we are able to stand with these dear sisters.

In a communication, Open Doors said, “to keep these vital programs going, we need your help! As the attacks in Nigeria and other countries continue to increase, your support is desperately needed… In 2013, more than 700 Christian girls were kidnaped in Pakistan and hundreds were kidnaped in Egypt as well. Christian women and children have been increasingly targeted by extremist groups and deeply depend on your prayers and support. Thank you for standing not only with the Christian girls who have been abducted, but with the countless others being persecuted for their faith!”

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The first Crusade of 2014 by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is scheduled to take place in Asia, as Will Graham travels to Sri Lanka on February 7-9, 2014.

The first known Buddhist writings were composed in Sri Lanka. Though Buddhism remains its dominant religion, the island nation has even more Muslims and Hindus than professing Christians, which represent only 6 percent of population. This February 7th–9th, 2014, Will Graham will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Moratuwa, a suburb of the largest city in this spiritually hungry region.

This is an area of the world that is in great spiritual need for the Gospel, and they are requesting your prays as they embark on this important mission:.

Pray that God would:

  • Open hearts across this metro area with a population of over 750,000.
  • Encourage and strengthen the small yet faithful body of believers there.
  • Draw many Sri Lankan people to Himself during the events.

Because we feel that this is an important event to both strengthen and encourage the believers in Sri Lanka, as well as, to extend the Gospel to a people in need, we have posted this request on both of our blog sites.

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Jesus WellsGospel for Asia reminds us of the serious need in many parts of the world for clean, “pure water.” GFA reports: Imagine drinking a large glass of ice water on a 95-degree-day. In first-world countries, it’s easy to satisfy your thirst with a cool beverage. But worldwide, 1 in 9 people don’t have access to clean water. Full Story

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The Christian TV ministry Sat-7, operating in the heart of the Middle East is urgently beseech your prayers, in light of the events following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. SAT-7 ARABIC was forced to cancel this morning’s live broadcast at Kasr El Dobarah Church, and the church had to close its doors due to the violence in the street.

Dr. Terence Ascott, SAT-7 CEO and Founder, has commented on the events of the past several days and the effects they have had on Christians: “There have been specific threats against, for example, Egyptian Christians in Yemen and churches and Christians, in general…anyone who is a ‘cross worshipper,’ as they say in the street…It’s not the people that are making the movies or the cartoons in the Western world that pay the price for their enjoyment of free speech. It is the Christians in the Middle East that bear the brunt of the reaction that inevitably comes.”

Please pray that God’s Spirit will change the hearts of those seeking revenge, that Christians in the Middle East and North Africa will not be a target of anger and violence, and that the love of Christ would overcome the hatred dividing the region. We pray also for the staff keeping SAT-7 studios running, that God’s protection would surround them and enable them to be a light and a comfort to viewers.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44 & 45

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Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices with the death of Charles W. “Chuck” Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage. Colson was 80.

A Watergate figure who emerged from the country’s worst political scandal, a vocal Christian leader and a champion for prison ministry, Colson spent the last years of his life in the dual role of leading Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, and the Colson Center, a teaching and training center focused on Christian worldview thought and application.

Revered by his friends and supporters, Colson won the respect of those who disagreed with his religious and political views thanks to his tireless work on behalf of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. Colson maintained that the greatest joy in life for him was to see those “living monuments” to God’s grace: Prisoners transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. And thanks to the work of Colson and Prison Fellowship volunteers across the country, there are thousands of those living monuments among us today.

Colson was speaking at a Colson Center conference when he was overcome by dizziness. Quickly surrounded by friends and staff, Colson was sent to the Fairfax Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. On March 31, he underwent two hours of surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. At times, Chuck showed encouraging indicators of a possible recovery, but his health took a decided turn, and he went to be with the Lord. His wife, Patty, and the family were with him in the last moments before he entered eternity.

Chuck’s life is a testimony to God’s power to forgive, redeem, and transform. Well done!

Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. Matthew 25:23

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International Justice Mission (IJM) will be holding its 12th annual Global Prayer Gathering (GPG), in the Washington, D.C. area. The GPG brings together friends and IJM staff members from all over the world for prayer.

Through various reports, including firsthand accounts from their international staff, and testimonials, the gathering will address the worldwide needs of the ministry, asking God for safety and protection for IJM’s staff on the frontlines; as well as our Lord’s continued intervention to bring rescue and restoration to those who are still being oppressed. The gathering will also be a time of praise and worship, thanking God for His faithfulness throughout the past 15 years that IJM has been serving Him.

You may participate in this year’s Global Prayer Gathering online “live,” as they broadcast the plenary sessions April 13 – 15, by logging on to their Web site at ijm.org/gpg.

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