Tag: Open Doors
Persecution levels are rising rapidly. That’s what the research behind this year’s Open Doors World Watch List 2016 has found. And as persecution increases, our Christian brothers and sisters need us more than ever.
The World Watch List ranks the 50 countries where persecution against Christians is most severe. The list reports that persecution became more intense in more parts of the world in 2015. While North Korea remains the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian, persecution is growing most rapidly in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. In the Middle East, Islamic State violence in Iraq and Syria has increased the pace of the exodus of the Christian population from the region and is also having a global impact.
On Sunday, 10th April, we’ll be holding a special worship gathering to learn more about our persecuted brothers and sisters … Read More »
In one of our recent Sunday gatherings our Open Doors rep, Sophie, shared the latest news from Syria and led us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in that broken and embattled part of the world. As part of her presentation she played clips from a couple of really powerful videos. Several people have asked how they can get access to the full videos, so we have posted them below. We pray that they will be a blessing and a challenge to you and will assist you as you pray for the persecuted church.
What would you do if you turned up to church and the gate was barred, with a notice saying that an ‘enforced closure’ was in place?
This was the sight that greeted the Hill City congregation on a recent Sunday morning.
As cars pulled up and families gathered, people were asking questions and a sense of confusion was mounting.
“Where are the elders?”
“I heard they were arrested.”
“Where shall we go?”
“What do we do now?”
We headed down into a subway tunnel not far from the church, next to a public car park. Huddling from the wind and cold, we sang a few songs a cappella, from memory. A few people shared some Scriptures of encouragement, then with crackers and Ribena, using bottle tops as cups, we shared communion.
Apart from a cryptic text sent the day before, warning us to bring coats and bottle tops, … Read More »
As a church we have always sought to stand with brothers and sisters across the world who are being persecuted for their faith. One of the ministries that we are most grateful for is Open Doors, so we are delighted to announce that we have recently appointed Sophie Toovey as an Open Doors representative at Hill City. Here are some of her thoughts:
Open Doors is a Christian charity which focuses on strengthening the church in places round the world where it is very difficult to be a Christian.
Every year they publish a World Watch List of the 50 countries where persecution is the most severe. The main source of persecution currently around the world is Islamic extremist groups such as IS, Boko Haram or Al Shabaab. There are also some dictatorships like North Korea where there is very limited religious … Read More »
On Saturday 16th August some of the Hill City men are taking part in Tough Mudder – a challenging 12 mile assault course that incorporates mud, fire, ice water and electric shocks! They are doing this to raise money for 2 different causes:
CAP Torfaen – a fantastic local ministry that helps people get out of debt.
Open Doors – serving and supporting persecuted Christians worldwide.
If you would like to support either of these causes you can do so on the following JustGiving pages:
One of the things that concerns me about the impact of technology and social media on Christians today is that despite its promise to simplify our lives it actually complicates them. Oftentimes what that means for our devotional lives is that we are all too easily distracted rather than getting deeply connected with God. Certainly my own experience is that countless times I’ve found myself gazing at the screen of my smartphone for the umpteenth time that day and then catching myself thinking “when was the last time I prayed today?” I even have moments of resenting that little screen for constantly snatching my attention away from my God.
Can you relate to that?
If so then hopefully, like me, you’ll be buzzin about a new smartphone app that I got hold of last week. PrayerMate is a fantastic app that has … Read More »