Internet brings vital connections to Christians in Middle East

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

hand on computer keyboardA Christian ministry serving persecuted Christians is seeing rapid growth in its online presence in the Middle East.

Of the 355 million people living in the Middle East, about 50 percent now have access to the Internet. Kristin Wright, director of advocacy for Open Doors USA, explains they have taken advantage of several social media projects focusing on supporting Christians in the Arab-speaking world.

"Every week on some of our pages we see around 35,000 interactions, particularly on the largest page that we work on with Facebook,” she tells OneNewsNow.

“The interactions can be anything from liking or sharing or commenting or messaging, and that often translates into these deeper conversations where we can learn more about a person's individual needs and we can come alongside them and support them."

Wright says Christians in closed countries are especially appreciative of this outreach.

"We have received a lot of positive feedback from Christians who have let us know, Hey, I don't feel alone anymore because I know that there is a network of people standing with me through social media,” she shares. “So that's encouraging."

According to Open Doors USA, many Muslims who may be open to Christ seem to be at ease communicating about spiritual things anonymously online.

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