Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide - EAST AFRICA: PASTOR SALIM - Open Doors UK & Ireland

Write a letter to encourage Pastor Salim

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He once had questions. Now he’s the one answering them.

When a mission team visited his school, Salim had many questions. He lives in East Africa and grew up a Muslim. “But what came vividly to my understanding is that Jesus is a loving God who came to save the lost,” he says.

He became a Christian and his life was transformed. Today, he is a pastor reaching out to people in the Muslim-majority community where he lives. His church also disciples new believers – a huge part of which involves answering the kind of questions Pastor Salim initially had, which in turn equips these believers to answer others.

Unsurprisingly, the work is not without its dangers. Meetings must be held discreetly, and because of the opposition new believers can encounter, Pastor Salim’s church looks after several secret believers. 

Pastor Salim himself is exposed to ridicule, mocking and even threats. “It troubles my wife,” he shares. “She is more traumatised than me, because of the messages, threats, calling us names, and people throwing stones at our home. That affects me negatively.”

Whilst he refuses to give up, Pastor Salim admits it’s a battle to fight loneliness and discouragement. Will you write to Pastor Salim, to encourage him in his faith and calling?


  • We advise using greeting cards, artwork by children and postcards. If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write Open Doors’ address on the postcard
  • Be encouraging and include one or two Bible verses. For security reasons, please do not use verses that refer to Israel, armies or war
  • Write in simple English. Keep your message brief and print clearly
  • Show sensitivity. Please do not dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For security

  • Do not mention Open Doors
  • Do not mention Islam
  • Do not criticise the region’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help
  • You can disclose your name and country, but do not provide your full address.

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Please note this campaign ends 15 March 2022

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