Open Doors - Praying, Resourcing & Serving the Persecuted Church
Do you know much about Open Doors?
"Strengthen what remains and is about to die."
Open Doors have been partnering with Christians to strengthen the persecuted church since 1955. It was founded by Brother Andrew when he began smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe, knowing that they needed the Word of God. His inspiration was Rev 3:2 to “Strengthen what remains and is about to die”. His iconic blue Volkswagen Beetle was the vehicle through which God brought many bibles into the Soviet Union, blinding the eyes of border guards so they would wave him through and not see his cargo. Brother Andrew would pray, “Lord you made blind eyes see. Now I pray, make seeing eyes blind.” Others joined Open Doors and grew the ministry.
A decade later, Brother Andrew’s book, God Smuggler, becomes one of the most widely read Christian books of all time. Since then, Open Doors has expanded to work in over 70 countries, providing discipleship, emergency relief, and community development to Christians in the most dangerous places to follow Jesus.
In 1970, Open Doors begins monitoring persecution around the world, which later became known as the World Watch List. In 1978, Open Doors Australia begins smuggling bibles into China and in 1981, in one night called “Project Pearl”, one million bibles were taken into China. Thousands of waiting believers gather to receive the bibles and TIME Magazine calls it ‘the largest operation of its kind in the history of China’. In 1999, Open Doors brings bibles into North Korea working with underground believers.
Open Doors continues to partner with churches to see support and awareness of the persecuted church grow more than ever before. Together, helping people follow Jesus all over the world, no matter the cost.
(Information taken from Open Doors website— https:// www.opendoors.org.au/who-we-are/history/)