This website is not about the pretty things of life. It’s about prisoners, oppression, and deliverance. I don’t know what to do about these things, but I want to do something. The first step is information. I don’t really want to know all the gory details, but I want to find out how I can help. That’s what this is all about–information and action.
Sexual slavery involves millions of people, and is found in 190 countries of the world, including the United States of America! Women and children are tricked or forced into leaving their homes and families. They are put through a period of psychological torture to break down their strength and will, until they reach the point that they become completely compliant. Slaves are commonly procured in South East Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, and sent to North America, Western Europe, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East.
- Two children are sold into slavery every minute.
- There are 1.2 million children sold into slavery each year.
- About half of the world’s slaves are children.
- There are about 27 million slaves in the world–about 200,000 of them live in the United States.
As part of the Nuremberg Principles, crimes against humanity are part of international law. Principle VI of the Nuremberg Principles states that: The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:…
(c)Crimes against humanity: Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime. Source: Wikipedia
Over 75% of the world’s population live in areas with severe religious restrictions, per the Pew Research Center. According to the United States Department of State, people in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their religious beliefs. Source: Open Doors
Religious Persecution is one of the most rampant, growing, and wide-spread forms of oppression in the world today. I am appalled, amazed, and crushed by the stories I hear from Open Doors about brothers and sisters around the world. This website is the outcome of my growing knowledge of life in much of the “real world.” Much of the information you find here will come from Open Doors USA, as well as many of the prayer requests, and actions. You can write directly to those for whom you’re praying. I hope you’ll share this information with all your friends, and together, we can give love, joy, and peace, through Jesus, to those who are in the most hateful, despairing, and terrifying conditions. It may not be that far from us!
Brother Andrew began smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe in 1955, hiding them in his little, blue bug. Open Doors grew out of this ministry, and today continues to deliver Bibles, provide leadership training, and give support to persecuted Christians around the world. They have compiled a list of the 50 worst countries for Christians.
You can write to some of the individuals through Open Doors. Persecuted believers find it very encouraging to hear that their brothers and sisters in freer parts of the world know what they are going through, and are praying for them and standing together with them. I hope you’ll visit Open Doors to learn more.