June 9th, 2011
Troubling news invades our day. Politicians destroy public trust, wars and conflict rage onward, reports of economic and environmental disasters flood the media. It is easy to lose hope. But in the midst of these events God is working. Unseen by the media's eye He is moving in lives, shaping communities and bringing many into His kingdom. This week let us praise His Holy Name in countries like Algeria and Syria and Colombia.,
"We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds." Psalm 75:1
First Open Doors Women's Conference in Syria Makes Impact
"Thank you for putting this conference together. I could see that it is the work of love that lifts up our hearts and encourages us to continue our life; we were so blessed." Syrian Believer
Forgotten New Testament Brings Radical Change in Algeria
Amir was cleaning his friend's apartment when he stumbled across a . Suffering from depression, he began reading Gods Word.
Children Receive School Supplies, Widows Encouraged in Colombia
They were just simple school kits, but for Juan it meant that he could attend class. It was just a ladies seminar, but for Ludis who had traveled over 26 hours to attend, it was life changing after the death of her husband. Through your support, Open Doors helps Colombian persecuted Christians to stand strong and overcome adversities in their lives.
Pray as a Warrior- A Bible Study from North Korea
Inspired by , a North Korean Church leader prepared a encouraging fellow believers to "pray as a warrior." As you read this pastor's God-inspired study, spend a few moments in contemplation on how God is prompting you to pray then join in prayer for our brothers and sisters in North Korea.
We just wanted to write to thank you for your generosity towards your persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ! Thanks to your gifts, Christians who have been displaced from their homes due to recent violence in Nigeria and Ethiopia have been receiving aid to help sustain them during this difficult and uncertain time.
ICC purchased thousands of pounds of rice
to feed 1000 Christians in Nigeria
Nigeria: 200 Displaced Families Fed
In Nigeria, where hundreds of Christians were slaughtered by Muslim mobs reacting to the news of President Goodluck Jonathan's election, close to a thousand families were displaced. Many lost their homes, and hundreds more fled in fear of continued violence.
So far, we have been able to purchase enough rice and vegetable oil to ensure that 1000 of your brothers and sisters no longer have to worry about where their next meal will come from while they struggle to rebuild their lives.
Ethiopia: More than 400 Families Helped
Ethiopia: More than 400 Families HelpedEthiopian Christians thank ICC
for the first batch of aid
In March, Muslim mobs devastated Christian families and churches in Asendabo, Ethiopia. Muslims burned down the homes of 30 Christian leaders, killed one Christian, wounded several others, and torched 69 churches, a Bible school, and a Christian orphanage. The heavy losses and the fear that the assault incited caused more than 10,000 Ethiopian Christians to flee their homes.
Your response and generosity to this urgent need was overwhelming! With our initial batch of aid, we were able to feed 1000 Christians affected by the violence. Two hundred families each received 110 pounds of teff (cereal used as a staple food to make injera/Ethiopian bread).ICC purchased 1200 chickens to help 240 families begin to rebuild
Second Batch of Aid: Rebuilding
Many families have now returned to their homes and face the difficult task of rebuilding their lives. Now that their immediate needs have been met, we are using your gifts to help them begin again. Many of the victims are farmers, and when the Muslims destroyed their homes, they also destroyed their farms and killed any livestock they may have possessed. So far, we have purchased 1,200 chickens to help 240 affected families. With these chickens (roosters and hens), they will be able to start a small chicken farm and sell the eggs they produce as a means of income.
Again - thank you! Your gifts are truly a blessing to your persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ and an expression of your own love for them and for Jesus! These families are only the first of many to be blessed by your gifts as we plan to continue sending aid to meet the needs of those families still suffering in these areas.
A forgottenbrings radical change to two Christians in Algeria
Amir, a young Algerian man, was temporarily staying in an apartment of a friend while recovering from depression. His friend had moved out leaving only a few items behind, but unbeknown to him, he had left behind his most treasured possession,! While Amir was cleaning the apartment, he found the New Testament, and it changed his life.
The Light of Christ Changes a Young Boy's Life
At the early age of 11, Sam was living a pious Muslim life in a small Philippine village. Ninth among 12 siblings, Sam was the only one sent to school. He excelled both in the classroom and sports; was popular and well-loved. But everything changed one afternoon when he picked up a Bible.
Praise - Two Brothers Have Been Released from Saudi Prison
Indian Christians Yohan and Vasantha, imprisoned in a Saudi prison since January 21 of this year, have been released! Suffering from injuries inflicted during torture and horrific living conditions, both men have returned to their homes in .
Famine Relief in War-torn Somalia
Across the news media, images of starvation and desperation in have filled the air waves and pulled at our hearts. An estimated 12 million people, mostly of Somali descent, are in need of emergency food assistance in , and due to the worst drought in decades. The activities of the notorious rebel group, al-Shabaab, in the failed state of Somalia, have compounded the disaster facing the people there.
Give thanks that Jin Tianming, lead pastor at Shouwang Church in and under house arrest following his church's trouble with authorities four months ago, was permitted to return to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral.