WRITE TO A
BELIEVER

You can encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ with your words! We invite you to write a physical or digital letter to those that are going through hardships and send it in 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 believer 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.

Amina | Nigeria

Maiduguri, capital of Borno State has always called itself ‘the home of peace’, but since 2009, peace has gone. Now it is mostly fear that roams the streets. It is the birthplace of Boko Haram where boys turn into fighters to wage a brutal war for a caliphate.Amina is one of many who wear the scars of this Islamic insurgency. In 2012 Boko Haram came to her house in the city to kill her husband and sons. Sadly, her husband was murdered during this attack. After Boko Haram left, Amina desperately rushed her sons to the hospital. Her sons barely survived, but they did. In 2017, Amina was kidnapped and held her hostage for five weeks.
Send a letter by December 19, 2021

Brothers Daniel and Manga | Nigeria

Daniel and Manga are Amina’s two eldest sons, that were attacked by Boko Haram but that managed to survive after Amina rushed them to the hospital. They now encourage others through their testimony.Manga says, “At first, we were shy of the scar. You know, it’s something that attract attention. We had to wear clothes that had a larger collar, or we tied a scarf around our neck before we entered the public. But later we came to realize, it is a testimony. It is an evidence of the existence of God.”Daniel also testifies, “This incident has affected my life in so many ways. It has really increased my faith. No matter what the enemy will do against you, if your time has not yet come there is nothing the enemy can do about it.”
Send a letter by December 19, 2021

Children in Colombia

Children in rural areas of Colombia suffer because traditional leaders and illegal armed groups do not accept Christians in Indigenous communities. The families of pastors and leaders are particularly affected. While many children, especially teenagers, are under great stress from the fear of losing family members, the Covid-19 pandemic has made their situation even more difficult.Throughout 2021, there have been demonstrations to protest against the tax reform, unemployment and other crisis produced by the measures taken to control the pandemic. These events have resulted in many massacres, with many getting injured or even killed.Children in rural regions need encouragement in their faith as they are struggling with hope. We think specifically of children in areas like Nariño, Tumaco, Arauca, Chocó, Catatumbo, Buenaventura, Córdoba, Cauca, and other Indigenous areas as well.
Send a letter by December 19, 2021

Pastor Jeremiah | Nigeria

Pastor Jeremiah’s* village in Nigeria’s Middle Belt was attacked in April 2020. This attack is part of a wave of violence against Christians farmers and communities, carried out by militant Fulani herdsmen. Pastor Jeremiah, is one the many Christians in Nigeria that risk their lives every day to live out their faith in Jesus.Through this terrible attack, Pastor Jeremiah is still shepherding his people toward hope by reminding them that they survived by the grace of God and that the Lord still has plans for them to bring glory to His name. “We should give glory to God. He is alive and will help us,” Pastor Jeremiah adds.The fear of more attacks always looms, but Pastor Jeremiah says the Christians here have never fought by carrying guns to kill people. “Even if we die, we are in the hands of God,” he says.Send a letter by December 19, 2021

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.