Listen: Open Doors Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Gore on Christians in some of the darkest corners of the world inspiring others to be bold with their beliefs
Around the word there are hundreds of thousands of Christians experiencing persecution for their faith. It can be dangerous to share their views, and even if the persecution is passive, it can mean loss of income, reduced access to social services and a general disconnection from community.
Each year, Easter celebrations pose a risk for churchgoers in areas of increased persecution – as we’ve seen this Palm Sunday, a Catholic Church attack in Indonesia wounded 14 worshippers and killed the two bombers.
Despite the risks, Christians continue to follow Christ and inadvertently inspire others to be bold with their beliefs.
Mike Gore is the CEO of aid organisation Open Doors Australia and New Zealand. Having worked closely with the persecuted church for many years, he shares in this interview how their suffering fits into the gospel narrative, and how Jesus’ own example offers us insights into our own hardships.
Featured image: Open Doors Australia Facebook / “In the darkest places on the planet, Christians are suffering for the sake of Christ. In North Korea, there are 50-70,000 believers imprisoned for their faith at this very moment.”