Open Doors

Open Doors With Brother Andrew

Open Doors

Open DoorsOpen Doors with Brother Andrew ("Open Doors") supports persecuted Christians around the world. Open Doors identifies itself as, "We are a part of the body of Christ, called to the persecuted church, people of prayer, seeking to live by faith, devoted to Jesus Christ and His call, motivated solely for the glory of God."

Open Doors with Brother Andrew was founded in 1955 by Andrew van de Bijl, a Dutchman who began smuggling Bibles into the Communist Eastern Europe (above) during the height of the Cold War. In 1981, Open Doors smuggled one million Bibles into Communist China in one night in the legendary Project Pearl.

In 2016, Open Doors delivered about 2 million Bibles and Christian literature (down from 6.9 million in 2006 and 3.4 million in 2010). Open Doors also publishes its annual World Watch List, which details and ranks the intensity of persecution against Christians around the world. For the past 16 years, that list has been topped by North Korea.

Financing Open Doors' operations around the world are its 22 national chapters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Strength

Brother Andrew retired a while ago but still lends credibility to the Open Doors network. Here are some of his recent quotes:

"I think we in the West, and this is a personal confession, I think we are cowards. We want our personal profit to come first. And if that is at risk, we don't do anything. We ought to become people of guts and courage and strong convictions, and don't count our lives dear unto ourselves if only we can fulfill the high calling of God on our lives." - Brother Andrew, Open Doors 60th Anniversary Event, March 23, 2015

"If we have no eye for the lost around us, how can we then ever have God's love for the people far away. Nobody ever becomes a missionary by crossing the ocean. You are here a missionary or you're not a missionary." - Brother Andrew, Open Doors 60th Anniversary Event, March 23, 2015

"Until the end of the Second World War, 7/8 of the entire Muslim world was colonized by Christian nations, and we didn't make a dent in the situation, not politically, not religiously. We just let them go to hell. And now, we are reaping the results." - Brother Andrew, Open Doors 60th Anniversary Event, March 23, 2015

"The more radical the Muslims are, the more receptive they are to the seed - the Word of God." - Brother Andrew, Open Doors 60th Anniversary Event, March 23, 2015

"Death is not the end; martyrdom is an honor... Don't volunteer for martyrdom, but don't avoid it either when you can." - Brother Andrew, Open Doors 60th Anniversary Event, March 23, 2015

Weaknesses

In recent years, Open Doors has turned to relying on secular marketers and financiers. In 2014, Open Doors USA, the largest Open Doors chapter, hired a marketer named Tim Muret as its new Chief Communications Officer. In 2015, it hired a financier named Michael Wong as its Chief Financial Officer. Neither had missions experience. From 2016 to 2017, Open Doors USA's fundraising expense rose 60% from $2.5 million to $4.0 million, which equals 17.1% of its 2017 revenues. In 2017, Tim Muret and Michael Wong were paid salaries of $184,953 and $171,008, respectively, and at least three more employees were paid salaries in excess of $100,000.

Brother Andrew retired many years ago and is now 91 years old. His eventual promotion to heaven is expected to accelerate the reliance on secular marketing and fundraising tactics.

Solutions

Lower the salaries to levels that do not require justification to donors, the persecuted and to Jesus. Promote servant leaders from the frontline who will keep the focus on serving the persecuted church, cry out to the Lord to move donors, and rely on the Bible instead of fundraising tactics. Honor and remain true to your claim: "We are a part of the body of Christ, called to the persecuted church, people of prayer, seeking to live by faith, devoted to Jesus Christ and His call, motivated solely for the glory of God."

Emulate the fundraising principles and practices of HeartCry and learn from the post-founder era demise of Voice of the Martyrs and many others.