Aug 2: International Religious Freedom Roundtable

President of Organization Working to Help Persecuted Christians to Speak at Temple Emanuel

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Temple Emanuel, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry will provide an in-depth look into the lives of Syrian and Iraqi Christians who are fleeing persecution. Curry will be joined by other Middle East experts as they discuss international religious freedom.

One of the most persecuted groups in the world, Christians are subject to kidnappings, imprisonments and executions—and the Middle East continues to be an area of significant concern because of rising violence. The Islamic State and other Islamic extremist groups are targeting Christians, leaving millions fleeing to search for food, shelter and medical attention. Syria ranked No. 6 and Iraq ranked No. 7 on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List, a list of the top 50 countries with the most persecution of Christians. 

"Michiganders should not lose sight that Christians around the world do not have the privilege of religious freedom that we do," said Curry. "They are persecuted, harassed and oppressed in record numbers and need our support. The stories from those on the ground are an invaluable way to learn how to do more to help them."

David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA

A Wake Up Breakfast

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8 – 9 a.m.

Temple Emanuel
1715 E. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit