To strengthen and equip the Body of Christ living under or facing restriction and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage their involvement in world evangelism by:
- Providing Bibles and literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development and through intercessory prayer;
- Preparing the Body of Christ living in threatened or unstable areas to face persecution and suffering; and
- Educating and mobilizing the Body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and be actively involved in assisting them.
We do so because we believe when one member suffers, all members suffer with it (1 Corinthians 12:26), all doors are open and God enables His Body to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Open Doors began in 1955 when Brother Andrew, a native of Holland, made his first trip behind the Iron Curtain to take Bibles to persecuted Christians. His ministry is immortalized in the book God’s Smuggler, which helped redefine the boundaries of the modern missionary endeavor and aroused millions to the awareness of the Persecuted Body of Christ in areas of restricted access.
The Open Doors ministry now encompasses countries in the Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central Asia, and the Muslim world. As the spiritual battle intensifies and persecution increases, Open Doors will continue to go where faith costs the most, to equip and encourage Christians who are suffering for their faith worldwide.