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November/December 2022

Valentina (15) in Colombia is vulnerable to guerrilla gangs and threats from indigenous groups – because her dad is a church leader. She is one of hundreds of thousands of Christian children around the world who face persecution for their faith. This Christmas, meet Valentina and hear her story – as well as many other children from different countries.

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Previous Issues

A church filled with hope: How Christians in Nigeria are finding joy despite violence

Pastor Edward is an Open Doors partner in Syria – he’s run a Centre of Hope for years, serving and encouraging the local community. Right now, he explains, the economic situation is worse than ever for the persecuted church. “For the first time in our country, the middle class is now close to starvation.” In this magazine, you can read his story – and see how he is making hope last in the Middle East.

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How does the faith of India's Christians remain unshaken?

Mehr* in India was attacked from all sides. Her neighbours assaulted her. Doctors and nurses refused to treat her. All because she chose to follow Jesus. But thanks to your prayers and support, she remains unshaken in her faith. In this edition of the magazine, find out how you can help more Christians in India like Mehr stand firm in the face of increasingly violent persecution.

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Make hope last in the Middle East: Pastor Edward is standing strong in Syria

Pastor Andrew’s community in Nigeria was devastated by Islamic militants – part of an increasing trend of violence in the region. They killed some Christians, destroyed the church and burned down almost all the houses. When Pastor Andrew and his congregation returned, they didn’t despair. They immediately started rebuilding the church. In this edition of the magazine, discover how you can help turn despair into hope in West Africa.

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Invisible: Persecuted women still need to see change

When Sarah (name changed) in North Africa became a Christian, her family threw her out. Later, her husband did the same thing. As a woman, she was particularly vulnerable. Millions of women like Sarah are persecuted for their faith and their gender. In this magazine, you can read how Sarah is seeing change, thanks to the gifts and prayers of Open Doors supporters.

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God is always with me: Persecuted children find hope at Christmas

This Christmas, there are many families around the world who are remembering someone who is missing. For Rafif’s family in Iraq, and Sele’s family in Nigeria, that’s their dads – both of whom were killed because of their Christian faith. In this magazine, you can see how they are continuing to find hope in God’s love, and how you’re helping them know that their worldwide family hasn’t forgotten them.

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Put Hope at the Centre: Supporting Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

In this issue of the magazine, you’ll meet Anwar* - the son of a Muslim leader in Syria. When he became a Christian, his family threw him out – but, thanks to Open Doors supporters, a local Centre of Hope was able to give Anwar somewhere to stay and hope for the future. “If it weren’t for the Centre of Hope, I don’t know what I would have done,” says Anwar. “I would be homeless, hungry and alone.”

*Name changed for security reasons

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Caught between two crises: Indian Christians are facing pandemic and persecution

For Christians in India, Covid-19 is only half the story. As well as being disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic, Indian Christians also face violence and rejection fuelled by Hindu extremist propaganda. Vinita (name changed) was savagely attacked in her home while she was praying with her pastor and his wife. When they got to hospital, they were denied treatment because of this faith. Learn more – and find out how your prayers and support are helping Indian believers.

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What would you do if the secret police demanded names?

Imagine you are under police interrogation and asked to write down the names of Christians you know, otherwise your family could be in danger. This is exactly what Taher* experienced. You can read his extraordinary story in the latest magazine – one that reinforces the acute dangers facing many secret believers from Muslim backgrounds in the Middle East, and why your prayers and support are so precious to them.

*Name changed

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Empowered to empower: See. Change. for persecuted women

Imagine you are persecuted because of your faith – and especially vulnerable because of your gender.

That’s the story of millions of Christian women around the world, and why the See. Change. campaign continues to acknowledge and respond to their stories. In this magazine, you can read about Sozan from Syria and Peninah from Kenya – two very different experiences, but both of which the double vulnerability of Christian women.

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