Open Doors UK announces appointment of its first Development Manager for Scotland
Open Doors UK are delighted to announce that from 1st May 2014 Rev Colin Mutch is to become their first Development Manager in Scotland. Colin will act as the national advocate for Open Doors in Scotland raising awareness of the countless number of Christians who everyday face injustice, persecution and discrimination simply because of their faith.
Open Doors is a globally recognised ministry with almost 60 years’ experience serving Christians where persecution is most severe and helping strengthen the church to be ‘the church’ in these most hostile places.
Open Doors CEO in the UK & Ireland Eddie Lyle stated, “Our founder Brother Andrew spent some of his most formative years in Glasgow at the old WEC training centre and it really does feel as if we are coming home with this exciting new appointment in Scotland. It was from Scotland that Brother Andrew went on to pioneer the ministry of Open Doors, smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe at the height of the Cold War and to write the book ‘God’s Smuggler’, today regarded as a Christian classic. Today the Cold War has ended but Christians are now persecuted in over 50 nations. Christians in North Korea and Syria for example are among two of the most vigorously persecuted people groups in the world, yet the atrocities these believers face is alarmingly representative of an escalating global trend. Open Doors believe such persecution can no longer be left as a private affair and our message to the Church in Scotland is that it's time to wake up and play a much more active role in supporting our fellow believers in prayer and practical action. I am hugely encouraged by Colin’s appointment as he brings all the leadership necessary for this vital task.”
News of Colin’s appointment has been received enthusiastically by Christian leaders in Scotland
Rev Richard Tiplady, Principal, International Christian College, Glasgow and Chairman of the Scottish Development Council of Open Doors said, “Colin’s appointment as Scotland Development Manager is a key step in the goal of making Christians in the UK more aware of how they can support persecuted Christians elsewhere in the world.”
Rev Kenny Borthwick, Minister, Holy Trinity Wester Hailes Church of Scotland commented, “I am delighted about Colin's appointment. He has an established record as a church leader of enormous integrity and has a warm hearted pastoral awareness of the life of the Church in Scotland. I pray he will help many in Scotland to hear and respond to the voice of our persecuted brothers and sisters calling to us from many nations.”
Colin Mutch added, “I am very excited to be called by God to bring these stories to the Church in Scotland. It is an amazing privilege to be entrusted to engage with Churches across the nation in helping to resource them in praying for the persecuted. As Senior Pastor of Southside Church in Ayr for over 15 years I have regularly been challenged by the needs of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who are being persecuted for daring to call Jesus their Saviour and Lord. I am passionate about mobilising the Scottish church into prayer and action for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Scripture tells us 'If one part (of the body) suffers, every part suffers with it' 1 Cor 12:26. We are part of the same global church family. We are all in this together."