The Persecuted Church
Here at our local church, we cannot isolate ourselves from the appalling tragedy besetting the church around the world. Many times, in addition to suffering the loss of loved ones, homes and belongings, followers of Jesus are also suffering at the hands of those wishing to do them harm. Christians are under attack for their simple belief that Jesus is the saviour of the world. Simply put, Christians are being put to death, their children taken, women raped and Christians forced to take lowly jobs, and this across huge parts of our world today.
We welcome you to read about and investigate the incredible work of “Open Doors”. www.opendoorsuk.org
Open Doors exists to strengthen the church and to be the church in the most hostile places in the world. In over 50 countries, Open Doors is supplying Bibles, training church leaders, delivering Bible-based literacy programmes and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians. Here is a short list of some of the many works that Open Doors supports:
- WE DISTRIBUTE BIBLES AND CHRISTIAN RESOURCES…SO THAT SECRET BELIEVERS CAN BE NOURISHED WITH GOD’S WORD
- IN 2015, OPEN DOORS DELIVERED OVER 3 MILLION BIBLES, BOOKS AND CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
- WE TRAIN CHRISTIANS AND CHURCH LEADERS…SO THAT THEY CAN STAND STRONG FOR JESUS.
- IN 2015, OPEN DOORS TRAINED OVER 331,000 CHRISTIANS AND CHURCH LEADERS.
- WE SUPPORT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND DISASTER…SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE INDEPENDENT, FULFILLED LIVES.
- IN 2015, OPEN DOORS SERVED 403,007 PEOPLE THROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
- WE SUPPORT THE SECRET CHILDREN… TO GIVE THEM PROTECTION, PROVISION AND A CHRISTIAN EDUCATION. IN 2015, SUPPORTERS IN THE UK AND IRELAND CONTRIBUTED £495,054 TOWARDS SUPPORTING CHILDREN OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
- WE TRY TO MOBILISE THE CHURCH IN THE UK AND IRELAND…SO THAT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED.
- THANKS TO OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS – PRAYING, GIVING AND SPEAKING OUT – THE MESSAGE OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH IS REACHING THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE EACH YEAR
- WE SPEAK OUT IN ADVOCACY…SO THAT THE VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH CAN BE HEARD. SEE HOW THE UK ADVOCACY TEAM HAVE BEEN TAKING EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE – AND ON ALMOST EVERY CONTINENT.
Geoff and Irene Green are Speakers for Open Doors, members of Brighton Vineyard Church, and as such, visit local churches to raise awareness and speak in advocacy of the many difficulties facing Christians around the world. Often taking Services on Sundays, they are equally at home in smaller midweek gatherings. There is a monthly Prayer Meeting at Holland Road Baptist Church on the third Monday of each month (details on request ). If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the church office for their details.