(Contributed by Open Doors)
The idea of persecution is difficult for many believers in Western nations to grasp. There is a gap between the persecuted church and the so-called ‘free’ Western church. This Easter, Open Doors is seeking to bridge that gap through their One With Them campaign.
One With Them is designed to encourage a movement of people to donate one day’s wage to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians all around the world.
Over 245 million Christians worldwide experience a high level of persecution for their faith in Jesus. That translates to 1 in 9 Christians. Open Doors is an organisation that exists to serve the persecuted church, but this doesn’t mean that they seek to end persecution.
“We often forget that every instance of persecution is linked to a public profession or outworking of faith,” said Mike Gore, CEO of Open Doors Australia and New Zealand. “We’re not here to end it. We’re here to give people the strength and courage to stand in the face of it and shine as brightly as they can.”
One With Them is designed to both support persecuted Christians as well as to encourage Christians in Australia and New Zealand to take their faith from their private lives to their public lives. By donating one day’s wage to the survival of the persecuted church, local Christians can stand in solidarity with their persecuted brothers and sisters. They can enable courage in others and find it in themselves too, feeling uni ed as the global body of Christ.
“For me, this is the persecuted church: unified, hope-filled, Jesus-focused, and courageous,” said Gore.
More than 1,100 people chose to stand One With Them in 2018. Open Doors is hoping to have more than 2,000 people join the movement in 2019.
“The persecuted church is one of the most hope-filled things on the planet,” Gore said. “It motivates us, inspires us, humbles us, and challenges us.”
You can join the challenge along with campaign ambassadors JD (Hillsong United), Mark and Darlene Zschech (Hope UC), Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies and Karl & Jane Faase (Olive Tree Media) and stand One With Them by visiting onewiththem.org