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During Ramadan last year, Marco and Mina, two boys from Egypt, watched as their father and other faithful believers were killed because of their faith in Jesus.

The boys were caught up in an attack on a bus of pilgrims who were on their way to the monastery of St. Samuel, where their father was a security guard. Deny Jesus or die” was the choice given to each person!

Mina shares, “they forced our father to get out first. The terrorist shouted he had to convert to Islam. But my father said no. Then they shot him.”

Marco's and Mina’s lives were miraculously spared. But that terrifying event from one year ago still plays through their minds on a daily basis.

Marco recalls his last moments with his father, “My father was still breathing. He couldn’t talk anymore, but he wiggled his fingers, signing us to go away. But we didn’t want to leave him there. Then I put my father on my chest. Soon my clothes were soaked with his blood, but I didn’t care.”

"Deny Jesus or die"

For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration.

A $20,000 Challenge Grant opportunity for you

Your support is even more vital right now as we head into the summer months when giving typically declines!

We’ve prayed as a team and set a goal to raise $105,000 by June 14. This will help us meet our summer budget needs and provide persecuted Christians around the world with resources like discipleship training, advocacy and medical care.

And right now, any gift you give will go TWICE as far thanks to a $20,000 Challenge Grant provided by a generous donor.

Believers around the world need your support

Though giving often declines in the summer months, our commitment to the persecuted church does not. Especially during the month of Ramadan, when believers like Marco and Mina are counting on your help. Please stand with persecuted Christians worldwide to give them the strength they need to hold firm to their faith.

Please give today to have your gift doubled, up to $20,000. Thank you for your generosity!


Tensions high between Christians and Muslims during Ramadan

May 15 marks the start of Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month, when Muslims fast and pray for 30 days. During this season, the faith of many Christians is exposed because they don’t participate in fasting or calls to prayer—sometimes making them subject to harassment or discrimination.

And in some twisted versions of Islam followed by extremist radicals, Christians even face the threat of physical violence and death. That’s why it’s so important that we stand together with believers like Marco and Mina to let them know they’re not alone.


During this season, pressure for Christians living in Islamic-dominated societies can be even higher than usual.

Give Now to Support Persecuted Christians


Challenge Grant will double your impact, up to $20,000—to help meet our $105,000 summer goal by June 14