The Milestone Award is given annually to ministries which have more than 50 years of continuous ministry in Christian outreach and broadcasting. Open Doors is celebrating 58 years of serving persecuted believers in restricted countries around the world. Ten ministries will receive the award during NRB's 70th annual convention March 2-5 in Nashville. The awards will be presented at a dinner March 5 at the Gaylord Opryland & Convention Center.
"It is an honor for Open Doors to receive the Milestone Award," says Open Doors International CEO Jeff Taylor. "I would like to thank the National Religious Broadcasters for recognizing Open Doors and other ministries for five decades or more of faithful service.
"The Lord has blessed Open Doors since our founder Brother Andrew first delivered Bibles behind the Iron Curtain in 1955. Today Open Doors continues to sustain and strengthen Christians living in hostile countries so they can spread the gospel. I thank the Lord for all those who have supported and prayed for our persecuted brothers and sisters over the years."
NRB President/CEO Dr. Frank Wright states: "For nearly six decades, Open Doors has faithfully served the persecuted church through theological training, community development and distribution of Bibles, training materials and other Christian materials. The ministry has also done a phenomenal job in raising awareness of suffering Christians around the world, and in mobilizing the church in the West to pray. Only God knows the full impact of this tremendous ministry."
Brother Andrew, the author of the best-selling autobiography "God's Smuggler," still travels to dangerous countries with his Bible to proclaim the Word.
Sealy Yates, Founding Chairman, Open Doors International, will accept the award at the March 5 ceremony. Steve Ridgway, interim President/CEO for Open Doors USA, will also attend.
For almost 60 years Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ's light in these places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for Christians, who are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to their website at www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.