WRITE TO A
PERSECUTED
CHRISTIAN

WRITE TO A
PERSECUTED
CHRISTIAN

You can write a letter to a persecuted Christian to encourage them with your words!  Send a physical or digital letter to those that are going through hardships so that our persecuted family knows that they are loved and cared for by the global church.
Here are some steps for you to get involved:

Step 1: Choose a persecuted Christian to write to

There are different letter writing opportunities available at different times of the year. Below you can find the current opportunities. All letters must be received by the Open Doors Canada office by their noted due date.

The Koh Family | Malaysia

Pastor Raymond Koh (seen in the middle of the pictures) was abducted on 13 February 2017. In April 2019 the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) concluded that Raymond Koh was a victim of enforced disappearance by the State, namely the Special Branch of the Malaysian Police Department. And yet, the family still don't have firm answers about what happened to Raymond or where he is now. They also don’t know why he was taken, although he had been accused of sharing the gospel with Malay Muslims, which is illegal in Malaysia, and this may have been part of the reason for his capture.Raymond’s wife Susanna Koh is filing a lawsuit against the police and Malaysian government over Raymond’s abduction, in her continued search for answers. It has been a long and difficult journey for her, as well as for Raymond and Susanna’s adult children, Elizabeth, Esther and Jonathan.Your support has enabled Open Doors to help the Koh family in their advocacy efforts, calling for truth and justice in this case. Your prayers and letters will help to show the Koh family that they are not forgotten by their brothers and sisters around the world, and neither is Pastor Raymond.
Send a letter to Susanna, Elizabeth, Esther, and Jonathan by February 1, 2022

Pastor Salim & Family | East Africa

Pastor Salim is a believer from a Muslim background. He lives and works in his native area in east Africa and feels called to preach Christ to the community where he originated from. He shares the Gospel to people that experience suffering and encourages secret believers. There is strong opposition to his work as him and his family receive many threats.Pastor Salim is grateful for the support and training that he receives from you through Open Doors. Your prayers and letters will help to encourage Pastor Salim, his wife, and his young family as they courageously share the Gospel in their local context.
Send a letter to Pastor Salim and his family by
March 14, 2022

Roda | Ethiopia

Roda* is from Djibouti, a country where Islam dominates every aspect of life. Growing up Roda only knew Mohammed, and along with her family, they believed that he was the only way. Still, Roda was not so unreachable that Jesus could not find her. When her family eventually found out she converted to Christianity, Roda was despised, blamed, and threathend for bringing them into dishonour. She had to leave her home and is now living in Ethiopia.Through your generous support, Open Doors partners were able to supporte her with social economic development training and micro loans to start small businesses. Today, she runs a popular juice and popsicle stand, and has also started raising chickens for their eggs and meat. In response, Roda lives a life of gratitude towards God for saving and sustaining her, and hopes to share the Gospel with people in her area through her business. Please pray for Roda as she does so, and pray that her family will come to know Christ as well.
Send a letter to Roda by
March 14, 2022

Sele | Nigeria

When Sele was just two years old, his dad was killed because of his Christian faith. He never knew his dad. Sele’s mother Cecelia has managed to carry on running their family farm without her husband, but not without help from Sele and his siblings.For some children, the field surrounding their house is as far as their future will go, simply because there’s no extra money for school. But thanks to your support, Sele can go to a school where he can study and dream of making an impact on people’s lives.In the classroom Sele is studious, focused and participates enthusiastically. “One day, when I grow up, I want to be a doctor... I want to save lives and help people,” he shares. He is a happy child, and it’s thanks to God’s grace by which He provided Sele with a God-fearing mother, loving relatives, great community and brothers and sisters abroad who continue to enable his education. Sele says: “I want to say thank you to the brothers and sisters who are helping me to pay my school fees, may God bless them.”
Send a letter to Sele by
March 30, 2022

Step 2: Review letter writing guidelines

For security reasons, we can only send letters that adhere to the following guidelines:  

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letter.
  • If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write the Open Doors’ address on the postcard.
  • You may provide your name, but no not provide your full address.
  • Do not criticize a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders.
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.
  • Print clearly in English.
  • Be brief and encouraging. Include 1-2 Bible verses.
  • It is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children, and postcards.

Step 3: Write Your Letter

For physical letters:

Mail all letters to Open Doors Canada:

Open Doors Canada
8-19 Brownridge Road
Halton Hills, ON
L7G 0C6

For digital letters:

    By submitting this form you are agreeing to receive communications from Open Doors Canada.

    Step 4: Pray for the persecuted believer you wrote to

    Corinthians 12:26 reminds us of this truth about the body of Christ, that “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”  

    Thank you for taking the time to write and pray for a member of our persecuted family. Your words can help to encourage persecuted believers that they are not alone, but that their global family stands with them.