1 Cor 12:26

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Followers of Christ are one body. The Bible teaches that wherever one Christian faces persecution, all believers have the duty to stand up and support their brothers and sisters in Christ. Because they believe the teachings of Jesus, persecuted Christians around the world face risk of imprisonment, loss of home, torture, rape and death.

Yet despite these very real threats, these believers are supported through their faith and the worldwide family of Christians.

Secret Believers
Over 0 million Christians around the world experience high
levels of persecution
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The top 10 countries with the highest level of persecution against Christians

  • 1 North Korea
  • 2 Afghanistan
  • 3 Somalia
  • 4 Libya
  • 5 Pakistan
  • 6 Sudan
  • 7 Eritrea
  • 8 Yemen
  • 9 Iran
  • 10 India
Source: 2019 World Watch List,
reporting period Nov. 1, 2017-Oct. 31, 2018

On Average, Every Month Around the World:


Christians are


Churches or Christian
buildings are attacked


Christians are imprisoned,
sentenced, arrested
detained without trial

Secret Believers

Providing Relief from Persecution

Open Doors is a community of Christians who come together to support persecuted believers in more than 60 countries. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, with more than 60 years of experience and a long track record of financial integrity.


Serving Persecuted Christians for Over 60 years

Brother Andrew
Brother Andrew

With bold beginnings, Brother Andrew—a man from the Netherlands—launched our ministry by smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. As captured in his well-known book, God’s Smuggler, Brother Andrew took great risks to sneak God’s Word into communist countries during this tumultuous time. He did so with a sense of faithful courage, believing that his faith in Jesus was worth every danger he faced.

Though the world has changed, modern Christians around the world are still persecuted. In some countries their faith is punishable by law, forcing these Secret Believers underground to avoid harsh penalties, abuse or even death. Following Brother Andrew’s legacy, Open Doors continues to support these Christians suffering in hostile areas while continually working to fight persecution around the world.

Open Doors Provides

  • Home and Church Rebuilding
  • Church-leader Training
  • Bibles and Christian materials
  • Food relief
  • Safe houses
  • Microloans
  • Spiritual discipleship
  • Christian trauma counseling
  • Legal help

Read true stories of Secret Believers in hostile countries fighting persecution.

can help believers in Jesus Christ withstand persecution

With your support, you can join us in following Brother Andrew’s legacy and bring the Scriptures, food relief, safe houses, legal help and so much more to your persecuted family around the world.


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