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God’s Word is filled with an abundance of gracious words. Words that can heal wounded spirits and broken hearts, ease worried minds, and instil hope in trying times.

When we encourage persecuted Christians we give them hope, help nurture patience, and make it easier for them to love as Jesus loves. You can write gracious words to our persecuted brothers and sisters, and strengthen them in the faith as they advance God’s Kingdom where faith costs the most.


Please post all letters to:

Letter Writing: Believer’s Name
c/o Open Doors SA
PO Box 1771
Cresta 2118

Once you’ve posted your letter, remember to pray for the person you’ve written to. Your prayers really make a difference!

Pray That:

  • Your letter will arrive safely at its destination.
  • The recipient will be blessed by what you’ve written and comforted by the knowledge that you are praying for them (Romans 15:30).
  • God will give the recipient strength to persevere, and that they will know His compassion and mercy (James 5:11).


Pray before you start

Ask God to give you the right words to write. Include one or two Bible verses. For Bible verses in other languages, visit

Show sensitivity

Please do not dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country.

Keep it short and simple

Assist us in translation, please write in simple English and please keep your letter brief. Please write your letter on an A5 or A4 piece of paper.


Please DO NOT MENTION OPEN DOORS in your letters, criticise a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders. It is fine to include your name and country, but NOT your full address.

Cards and postcards

Colourful cards can say so much more than a long letter on plain paper. If you are writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope rather than writing Open Doors’ address on the card. If you are sending more than one letter or card, please put all your letters in one envelope, addressed to: c/o Open Doors.

Handmade cards and artwork

Making cards is a great way of helping younger people to connect with persecuted Christians.


Please DO NOT include money in your letter or card as Open Doors will not be able to forward your gift. It is unsafe to do so and can cause difficulties for the recipient.

North Korea

We regret we are unable to forward letters to believers in North Korea.


When writing to those in Muslim countries, please do not say anything negative about Islam or refer to Israel (even when using Scripture).

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