25 November 2015
David Cameron visits Open Doors
The prime minister David Cameron visited Open Doors last week as part of celebrations to mark the organisation's 60th anniversary.
David Cameron, who is the MP for Witney where Open Doors is based, heard how hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world are being persecuted for their faith.
Open Doors provides a lifeline for millions of people every year with food, medicines, trauma care, legal assistance, safe houses and schools, as well as spiritual support through Christian literature, training and resources.
The prime minister said: "It has been humbling to hear the stories of the great courage shown by Christians facing persecution and the wonderful examples of how communities can work together, with the church leading the way.
"Standing up for religious freedom is a priority for my government. We are committed to promoting and protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief as one of the foundations of human rights.
"No matter what faith we follow, charity, compassion, responsibility and forgiveness are values which speak to us all."
Open Doors UK & Ireland is part of Open Doors International, a global NGO network that has for 60 years supported and strengthened persecuted Christians.
Last year the charity raised £59 million to provide practical support to persecuted Christians, which not only supports persecuted Christians themselves, but enables them to reach out to the communities around them fostering reconciliation between different religious groups.