By Alex Murashko
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Open Doors USA announced Monday (July 8) that Dr. David Curry has been appointed the new president and CEO of the international ministry that supports and strengthens persecuted Christians in some of the most dangerous countries in the world.
The organization’s board of director’s made the announcement after a search began last September when Carl Moeller stepped down from the office to take a new position as president and managing partner of a group aimed at fulfilling the global need for strategic alliances between international business and philanthropy. Curry has previously served as CEO of The Rescue Mission in Tacoma, Wash. He will begin his new duties at Open Doors USA on Aug. 1.
“The biggest challenge I think we are going to face is trying to get the American church to understand the scale and the magnitude of persecution around the world their brothers and sisters are facing today,” Curry told The Christian Post. “We are so far removed, even with modern technology, from the kinds of punishment and persecution that people are facing in these countries like North Korea, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and so forth that I’m not sure we can get our minds around it.
“So, one of the tasks that Open Doors has in the next generation is to make sure that the American church knows and understands and is willing to support in any number of ways their brothers and sisters in Christ who do not worship in freedom, who worship the name of Jesus under the threat of death, and under the threat of punishment.”