(Mission Network News) — Open Doors USA’s online presence in the Middle East is growing rapidly. Several social media projects focusing on supporting Christians in the Arab-speaking world have now culminated into a combined total of 500,000 “likes.” Each week, thousands of people are engaging on one of the social media outlets supported by Open Doors.
Open Doors supports several websites and Facebook communities where Christian values are conveyed and testimonies shared in an Arab context. Both Christians and Muslims are being reached by and are engaging on these Bible-based online communities.
Of the 355 million people living in the Middle East, about 50% now have access to the Internet. An Open Doors worker involved in online presence, explains how it works:
“Social media has a rapidly growing influence in the way people think about politics and society,” he says, referring to the Arab Spring that was fueled by online media. “This means the Internet offers a vast amount of opportunities for our organization as well. Much in the same way Brother Andrew started our ministry 60 years ago by smuggling Bibles in his Volkswagen Beetle, we can now use the Internet to ‘hide’ the gospel in a smart way and present it in the Arab world.”