FAQs about Open Doors

What is Open Doors South Africa?

Open Doors is an international non-profit ministry that supports and strengthens persecuted Christians. Our goal at Open Doors South Africa is to connect with and strengthen persecuted believers worldwide, empowering them to reach out in love to their neighbours. By informing, inspiring and involving believers in the South Africa, we hope to build deep and lasting connections within the Body of Christ and meet the ongoing needs of these persecuted Christians.

What is Open Doors South Africa's Mission Statement?

Open Doors aims to strengthen and equip the Body of Christ, in persecuted countries, by:

  • Providing Bibles and literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development and through intercessory prayer;
  • Preparing the Body of Christ living in threatened or unstable areas to face persecution and suffering; and
  • Educating and mobilizing the Body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and to be actively involved in assisting them.

We do so because we believe when one member suffers, all members suffer with that member (1 Corinthians 12:26), all doors are open and God enables His Body to go into the entire world and to preach the Gospel.

What is persecution and how many Christians experience it?

Though it is sometimes difficult to identify the difference between persecution and the everyday inconveniences of living in a world hostile towards Christianity, there are some clear defining factors.

Persecution occurs whenever a believer is denied the protection of religious freedom, prevented from converting to Christianity because of legal or social threats, physically attacked or killed because of their faith, forced to leave their job or home because of the threat of violence, or imprisoned and interrogated for refusing to deny their faith.

Over 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors is at work strengthening these believers in over 45 of the most persecuted countries worldwide.

What about the Open Doors Logo?

The Ichthus Sign was used as a secret form of communication between the persecuted believers of the early church in the Roman Catacombs. Often they would scratch this Ichthus symbol on the ground to identify themselves to fellow believers. Open Doors’ specialized mission is to serve the persecuted Church worldwide. The Ichthus sign immediately makes the connection.

Barbwire represents people in prison or labour camps; people who have lost their freedom. We at Open Doors are called to serve brothers and sisters who are behind barbwire because they follow and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The combination of the barbwire and the fish, twined together, makes this logo very unique. It identifies the people we would like to serve, Christians (fish), it makes their lack of freedom (barbwire) clear.

Persecution has been a constant companion of the Church throughout the ages (Ichthus sign). The Rock is a biblical concept. The word ‘rock’ is often
used figuratively in the Bible to speak of God and Christ. As Rock, God is the Creator, His people’s strength, His people's defense and refuge and His people’s salvation. In the New Testament, Christ is the Rock from whom the Spirit of life flows, the foundation of the Church and its cornerstone.

The Carving in the Rock. To chisel a sign is not easy. This takes time and endurance. It is hard work. It reminds us of running the marathon. Following Christ is an enduring process which calls for perseverance.

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