We serve Christians around the world whose brave faith in Jesus means they are, beaten, threatened, imprisoned, tortured, falsely accused, disowned and hated.

Bangladesh: “My life is for the Lord’


Almost every day, Rasheda Begum is faces mocking, bullying and discrimination from some of the people in her village in northern Bangladesh. Having grown up in a Muslim family, when she chose to follow Jesus she encountered a lot of opposition and persecution. Women already face discrimination in the male-dominant society, but being a woman from a religious minority makes life even harder.

“I have to face many challenges every day,” says Rasheda. “People don’t like that I’m active in society. They don’t like that I have a good relationship with my neighbours, and I stand with them when they need help.”

Teaching others to read and write…

When Rasheda started teaching adult literacy classes, after doing Open Doors training, the local Muslim leaders weren’t happy.

They used underhand tactics to try and stop her:

“They brought many false accusations against me. They tried to attack me, because I didn’t listen to them.” Rasheda stayed strong, and continued her work.

“My life is for the Lord. I do not fear the village leaders. I cannot stop my work that was entrusted by the Lord just because of the villagers’ threats.”

She’s had a great response from the women she teaches. “They are very inspired by the stories from the Bible,” says Rasheda. “I use the skills and lessons I have gained from the [Open Doors’] adult literacy training. I tell the stories from the Bible and help them to relate to their personal life. They want more to learn and listen to such wonderful stories from the Bible. I always try to support and encourage women to be independent, think freely, see freely.”

Rasheda’s class is a mixture of believers from a Muslim background and Muslim women. During the class, a number of the Muslim women chose to follow Jesus and become Christians – though some are doing this in secret, because of the severe opposition they’d face from their families. Rasheda baptised seven women last year, and others are preparing for baptism. Even those who aren’t Christians ask Rasheda to pray for them.

Rasheda is delighted by the impact of the work she doing – which all started with Open Doors training to teach adult literacy. Amazing!

Women and girls doubly vulnerable

Any persecuted Christian faces significant difficulties and opposition for following Jesus. Women and girls of the persecuted church like Rasheda face a second vulnerability: discrimination for their gender. In different contexts, that could mean a persecuted woman or girl is treated as a second-class citizen, abused by her husband, father or brother, trafficked or sold into marriage, the victim of sexual violence, or left to fend for herself and her children if her own loved ones disown her for her faith.

But in the face of all this, God still sees His daughters. He continues to pursue each Christian woman or girl, reminding her that she is seen, known and loved. Join us in praying for change for women and girls like Rasheda…

*Name changed for security reasons


Thank God for the way He is using Rasheda, and the Open Doors training she received, to spread hope, joy and love in her community


For strength and healing for women like Rasheda from religious minorities who experience persecution for their faith and their gender


That more people would hear the good news of Jesus Christ through projects like the one Rasheda is running

Four things you can do now:
  • 1
    Learn more and pray:

    Get our free glow-in-the-dark World Watch List Map and find out more about the places where faith costs the most.

    Get your map
  • 2
    Pray regularly:

    Every Monday night at 7pm we'll be praying one prayer for one minute for the one in seven Christians around the world who face persecution. Set an alarm and tune in…

    Join us…
  • 3
    Choose to Lose:

    Raise money by getting sponsored to lose something you love for a short time. Sign up and we'll send you a fundraising pack…

    Sign up…
  • 4
    Send a message of hope:

    Imagine getting a letter from a Christian on the other side of the world who'd heard about you and was praying for you - encouraging right? Well, you can send encouragement now to young Christians facing persecution.

    Do that now
February 19, 2024

Leah was taken from her school with over 100 other students by Islamic extremists 7 years ago. Whilst the other girls were released, Leah was kept in captivity as she refused to give up her faith in Jesus.

Find out more
February 19, 2024

Abdulla was forced to flee Afghanistan when the Taliban took control, but instead of heading to Europe as was his plan, God is using him powerfully in a neighbouring country…

Find out more
February 12, 2024

Christians in North Korea, the toughest place on earth to be a Christian, share their hope and thanks…

Find out more
February 12, 2024

Attacks against Christians in the DRC are increasing. Pray for those who have been abducted and those who have lost loved ones…

Find out more
February 5, 2024

Rehena, a Pakistani Christian, shares what life is like in the seventh most dangerous place in the world to follow Jesus.

Find out more
February 5, 2024

See how the crisis in the Red Sea is impacting the secret Church inside Yemen…

Find out more
January 22, 2024

Recent incidents in Vietnam have highlighted the increasing pressure and intimidation facing Christians and Church leaders…

Find out more
January 15, 2024

Christians in a village in southern Laos have been targeted, with the homes of two families set alight and destroyed…

Find out more
January 15, 2024

Pray for strength and peace for a number of Christians arrested in Iran over Christmas…

Find out more
January 8, 2024

‘This is my last and final decision: for the rest of my life I will follow the Lord Jesus Christ…’

Find out more