Founder (H.P)


The name Haralan I. Popov is deeply revered around the world. He has become a symbol of Christian courage to millions whose faith continues to be under attack by oppressive governments and religious extremists.

Born in Bulgaria, a land called “Little Russia,” he was the pastor of the largest Protestant church in the nation, and was one of his country’s foremost spiritual leaders. After the Communist occupation of Bulgaria, his very prominence as a devoted Christian brought him severe physical and spiritual torture at the hands of the Soviet KGB and their Bulgarian puppets.

In 16 different prisons and slave camps, Pastor Popov continued his work for God despite the suffering he knew he might have to endure. After the miracle of surviving 13 years and two months in Communist prisons, he was finally released. Despite threats of re-arrest, he continued organizing secret church services and Bible teachings because the official church had been infiltrated and had fallen under total Communist control.

Later, with the help of his family living in Sweden and many praying Christians, he was miraculously given permission to reunite with them after 15 years of separation. From there he focused all his energy to awaken society to the plight and the needs of imprisoned Christians suffering for their faith.

In 1972 Dr. Haralan I. Popov officially registered Evangelism to Communist Lands (ECL) in the USA, now known as Door of Hope International. You can order his amazing and inspiring autobiography Tortured For His Faith (TFHF) which has been published in more than twenty five languages and has been number one on the best-seller list (pocket books) for many years.