At Open Doors Southern Africa, we are excited to celebrate 50 years of serving our persecuted family in Christ.
Looking back, we are reminded of the verse:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed,”
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
This milestone would not have been possible without God’s grace, guidance and provision, and without our faithful partners, who have stood with our persecuted family in Christ through their prayers and support.
Why are we celebrating?
- To thank God for His faithfulness in allowing us the privilege to serve the persecuted Church for the last 50 years.
- To remember all those persecuted Christians who we’ve had the honour to serve and strengthen to the glory of God.
- To thank all our partners who’ve stood alongside our persecuted family in prayer and support all these years.
Our persecuted family have been hard pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted and struck down because of their faith in Christ. Yet, despite all of this, thanks to God’s grace and our partners’ love for them, they were not crushed, left in despair, abandoned or destroyed.
God’s faithfulness is evident in how He has been with us, through the ups and downs of the ministry, and being present in the lives of our persecuted family when they were most vulnerable and in need. Our partners’ love and support ensured that our family could stand strong for the name of Christ no matter what they face as they serve Him in some of the darkest places on earth to be a Christian.
And isn’t this what the Body of Christ is all about! Every employee, volunteer, partner and every persecuted believer playing their part as a member of the Body – with their own functions and gifts. Those who can pray, pray, those who can give, give, those who lead, serve and do it with love. And through all of this, those living on the frontlines of our faith are strengthened in their fight as they push back the darkness.