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OUR TIMELINE

1955

1957

1958

Bold Beginnings

Brother Andrew goes to Poland. This marks the beginning of Open Doors ministry.

Beetle Drive

Brother Andrew makes the first of many trips to the Soviet Union in his blue Volkswagen Beetle, which was to travel over 200,000 miles.

Bringing the Bible

Printing presses begin to print Bibles for distribution to persecuted Christians.

1966

Chinese Persecution

Chairman Mao begins the Cultural Revolution, attempting to wipe out all religion.

1967

God's Smuggler Published

Brother Andrew's biography, God's Smuggler, becomes one of the best-selling Christian books of all time.

1975

Love China

Open Doors sponsors the 'Love China' conference in Southeast Asia to encourage ministry to China.

1976

Radio Waves

The first Open Doors radio transmission is broadcast to encourage persecuted Christians.

1977

Radio Waves

The first Open Doors radio transmission is broadcast to encourage persecuted Christians.

1978

Radio Waves

The first Open Doors radio transmission is broadcast to encourage persecuted Christians.

1979

Radio Waves

The first Open Doors radio transmission is broadcast to encourage persecuted Christians.

1981

Project Pearl

'Project Pearl' sees one million Bibles delivered to a beach in China in just one night. Thousands of waiting believers gather to receive them.

1982

Seven Year Prayer Campaign

Open Doors launches a seven-year campaign of prayer for the Communist Bloc. Seven years later, in 1989, the Berlin Wall falls. The Soviet Union is opened to the Gospel and Christian prisoners are released.

1985

Project Crossfire

'Project Crossfire' distributes five million pieces of Christian literature in Latin America. Thousands of young people are helped to share their faith in Christ.

1989

Target One Million

Open Doors delivers one million New Testaments to Russia.

1991

Ten Years for the 10-40

A ten-year prayer campaign begins for the 10-40 window – the area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia which includes the majority of the world's Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

1992

Project Samuel

One million children in the former Soviet Union get their very first Bibles in remote areas.

1993

Albanian Bible

Brother Andrew presents the first copy of the full Bible in Albanian to the President of Albania – a country which had once declared itself the world's first atheist state.

1996

Agape Study Bible

Study Bibles in Latin American Spanish are printed and delivered.

1997

Standing Strong

Open Doors launches Standing Strong Through the Storm – a training program for Christians facing persecution. It is still in use today.

1998

Operation Daily Bread

Open Doors launches its first relief project. 'Operation Daily Bread' flies in food and supplies to remote areas of war-torn southern Sudan.

1999

Into North Korea

Open Doors work in North Korea begins with the delivery of 10,000 Korean Bibles.

2000

Project Bamboo

One million Bibles and one million pieces of Christian literature are delivered to China, the largest annual delivery since 'Project Pearl'.

2001

Open Doors Youth

The first Open Doors Youth forum gathers to identify how to reach the next generation with the message of the Persecuted Church.

2003

Heart for Iraq

Open Doors launches 'Heart for Iraq' delivering materials and bringing encouragement to the Church in Iraq.

2005

50th Anniversary

As Open Doors celebrates its 50th anniversary, a three-year prayer chain for North Korea is launched.

2010

Right to Believe Campaign

The 'Right to Believe' campaign sees over 428,000 Christians around the world sign a petition showing their support for persecuted Christians.

2013

Save Syria

In response to the civil war in Syria, Open Doors launches its largest relief program ever, helping Christians in the country to stay and shine.

2014

Iraq Appeal

Open Doors supports thousands of displaced families in Iraq who have been forced to flee by Islamic militants including the so-called Islamic State.

2015

Sixty Years On

Open Doors 60th anniversary. God's Smuggler is republished for a new audience and a new era.

2016

Hope for Middle East

Open Doors launches a seven-year campaign to bring hope to the Middle East.

 

“God spoke to me… Strengthen what remains which is at the point of death [Revelation 3:2.]…

That began a totally new life for me. And it was also a seed of a new ministry

called now Open Doors.”

 

– Brother Andrew

 

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