Open Doors - Remembrance Service, 11th November

Dear George and Anita.  Please could this go into the church notes and on the website.

Remembrance day with Open Doors
This Sunday we will remember and honour the lives of those who gave their lives to secure our future from the hands of merciless dictators. Sixty million people died in the second world war, 3% of the world population at that time.  25 Million servicemen and women died, 5 million prisoners of war died and 6 million Jews in extermination camps. We should never forget this terrible loss to humanity.
The writer of the book of Hebrews instructs us to remember in Heb.13:1-3
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers....Remember those in prison as though in prison with them and those who are ill treated, since you also are in the body.
These three verses are very proactive, they demand more than just one act of remembrance, they demand we do something. Open Doors has for the past 63 years existed to help the church in the free world minister to 200 million persecuted christians world wide, to turn an act of remembrance in to compassionate deeds of mercy and love.
Auschwitz remains as a terrible reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Sadly today the living reality of such inhuman detention camps is still with us. North Korea is the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.  70,000 Christians are held in hard labour camps and subjected to unbelievable treatment. Owning a bible could result in you arrest and imprisonment and also three generations of your family.
I would like to recommend two you tube video clips. Hea Woo story Open Doors

Cartoon of life in a North Korean prison (Not suitable for children)

unspeakable hell of North Korean prison camp. cornerstone

The bold type should also find these clips in the you tube search bar.

Hea Woo survived life in the camp, her story is heart warming story of faith and triumph in adversity.  The cornerstone video has been made from the drawings made by survivors

We are told to remember because we are also in the body, that means that we are part of them, and they are part of us, we are family. Let's turn remembrance into action for our family.


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