Those of us who have grown up in the Christianised West have little appreciation of what persecution really looks like. We are likely to feel a little uncomfortable when talking about Christianity because we fear that we might be called a “Bible basher”, or maybe our friends won’t really think we’re cool anymore.
On the other side of the coin, there are countries in this world where a profession of Christian faith is tantamount to confessing one’s own death sentence. Being a Christian is punishable, telling others about your faith is even worse, and converting to Christianity from the state-sanctioned religion may be seen a crime worthy of the most heinous revenge killing.
Since 1955 the Open Doors organisation has been committed to the very task of ‘opening doors’ of opportunity for the gospel in some of the most gospel-poor regions of the world.
Earlier this year Open Doors relaunched their website. Their new-look site now has easy access to a range of different resources including their “world watch” interactive map, and details for their guidebook and more.
As we enjoy and often take for granted the many blessings we have here in Australia, it’s worth taking a closer look at Open Doors & appreciating exactly what we’ve been given and how we might be able to empower others who are less fortunate.