Global charity Open Doors has disputed the way in which statistics on Christian “martyrs” are collected, arguing that an annual figure of 90,000, recently reported widely, is significantly higher than the accurately verifiable number.
Source: ‘90,000 Christian martyrs annually’ claim disputed
Open Dooes is calling us all to decency and respect for Truth, even, oe especially on such painful subjects andd Christian martyrdom..
In urma cu citiva ani, pe cind seful meu in World Vision era un olandez, Rienk van Velzen, in timpul unei vizite in Olanda, am avut cinstea de a vizita sediul organizatiei Open Doors, din Harderwijk, infiintata de cunoscutul Brother Andrew, pe care l-am si cunoscut personal acum citiva ani inBetleem, Palestina. A fost emotionant pentru mine sa vad acolo si sa expolorez in interior microbuzele folosite de organizatie in perioada comunista pentru colportajul de Biblii in Europa de Est, cu ingenioasele lor sisteme de securitate si de camuflare a transporturilor clandestine.
Unul dintre unchii mei, Costel Georgescu, a fost unul dintre liderii retelei secrete de colportaj de Biblii. De fapt, a si platit pentru asta cu un an de inchisoare. Dat fiind ca si eu si tatal meu am fost implicati putin in aceste activitati clandestine, prin intermediul unchiului Costel i-am cunoscut si eu pe citiva dintre colportorii de la Open Doors. Unul dintre acestia, prieten apropiat cu unchiul meu, era ‘fratele Dick’ (nimeni nu folosea nume de familie in asemenea activitati, pentru a proteja conspirativitatea; si de fapt, nu stiam daca acesta era cu adevarat numele lui – unura dintre cei cu colaborat pe atunci nu le stiu nici acum numele real). Continue reading “Olandezul zburator – Povestea unui contrabandist de Biblii”
Coperta uneia dintre primele brosuri de colportaj
(o colectie de versete pentru hrana spirituala zilnica)
Aceia dintre evanghelicii romani care s-au nascut inainte de 1960, cunosc, din experienta, penuria de Biblii si de literatura religioasa din acele decenii ale perioadei comuniste. Lucrurile aveau insa a se schimba radical, in contextul unor inundatii catastrofale care au avut loc in Romania in 1970. Continue reading “Literatura religioasa de colportaj in perioada comunista”
Saudi Arabia ranks as the second most difficult place to be a Christian on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List. Due to the oppressive government, and persecution that is evident through society, the country ranks second only to the totalitarian regime of North Korea. Christ died for all, but many Saudi people do not know Christ – yet!
Today, in Mecca, the holiest Islamic city, the crowds are massive. The faithful have arrived to participate in a Hajj. For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. The Hajj, or pilgrimage, is part of the Five Pillars of Islam. All Muslims, if able, must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. Those, who have and then return back to their homeland, are highly revered in their local communities. Many Muslims see the Hajj as the highlight of their life and believe that it will wash all their sins away. But, there are testimonies from Muslims, who have gone on pilgrimage, with an upright desire to obey God… instead God gave them a vision, telling them that they need Jesus. Continue reading “Open Doors – In The Name of Jesus – The Alpha and Omega”
NOTE: Tomorrow, 11 May, is a special day of prayer for Syria.
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As the civil war intensifies in Syria, Christians are increasingly more vulnerable to the violence. While all Syrians are suffering, Christians in particular are targeted. In the fight for Islam, Jihadi’s from abroad have come to Syria to ‘fight for Islam.’ In some areas of Homs and Aleppo, neighborhoods have been taken over by extremists and are now ruled by Islamic Sharia law.
Contacts in Syria have seen people walking around without hands, presumably punished for stealing. Christians are considered infidels in the eyes of these extremists. Christian refugees told us that they often hear statements that they are not welcome in Syria any longer. A pastor from Tartus shares, “We are second class citizens or we have to convert to Islam.” Continue reading “Open Doors: Strengthen What Remains – Pray for Christians in Syria – Part 1”
(Source of picture, HERE)
No jobs, no school, and everything is expensive
Lisa Pearce is deputy CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland, which works with partners worldwide to support Christians who are under pressure for their faith. She traveled to Lebanon in April to meet with Syrian Christians who have fled the violence in their homeland. Here are some of her observations:
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About 30 kilometres outside Syria’s western border, the Lebanon town of Zahle is full of refugees: Many make it across the Syria-Lebanon border and not much farther. With new refugees arriving every day, it seems that every spare building, shed and patch of ground is being rented by families or groups of families, at crippling prices. Even those leaving Syria with money can afford almost nothing in Lebanon. Before the uprising, Lebanese prices were several times higher than those in Syria. A colleague in Beirut, 90 minutes from the border, used to travel to Syria to shop for clothes because it was so much cheaper. Now, with more people competing for the same land, rooms or bunch of bananas, prices in the border town have rocketed, putting many essentials out of reach of desperate refugees.
On arriving at a church to meet our host for the few days, I was struck by how tiny it was: All we saw was a network of small rooms. And with only 50 members, it was greatly outnumbered by the refugees flooding into the town. Even so, they started going out to sit with a few families and understand their needs. They gathered what food, blankets and mattresses they could, and gave them to the families. They arranged for a doctor to come and visit the sick; They prayed with those who wanted prayer. And they visited more families, found more clothes, more mattresses. Two weeks before our visit, a large crowd of desperate, newly arrived refugees gathered outside the church and demanded food, mattresses and cooking materials. The church team were ‘five minutes from calling the police’. It is not easy. That little congregation now has been given funds from a partner organisation (which my organisation is working with inside Syria), and are helping many hundreds of families. Continue reading “Lisa Pearce – Zahle dispatch: Life among Syria’s Christian refugees”