What is the current situation?

What is Christian Persecution?  ?

Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian.  From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith.   Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

How many Christians are suffering from persecution?

According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians).  Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.

322 Christians are killed for their faith and  214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed.  In some countries Christians pay a heavy price for their faith.  Physical torture, abduction, rape, and forced marriage and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

 

 

Where does persecution occur?

 

 

 

What is the World Watch List?

Since 2003, Open Doors publishes the World Watch List (WWL) annually. It ranks the 50 countries where it is most difficult to profess and practice the Christian faith.  The research team surveys religious freedom for Christians in five areas of life (Private, Family, Community, National and the Church).

Why we serve Persecuted Christians?

The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless.  “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.” (Psalm 82:3)

As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.  “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3)

We do so because we believe when one member suffers, all members suffer with it (1 Corinthians 12:26), all doors are open and God enables His Body to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.