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Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide: Prayer List

November 7, 2016 | by: Celebration Community Church | 0 comments

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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.

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.

Every year, Open Doors publishes their World Watch List, which ranks countries by the severity of persecution. Learn more about the World Watch List and how Open Doors ranks countries of persecution: CLICK HERE


(1) NORTH KOREA (24.5 m people / 300,000 Christians)

Christianity is not only seen as “opium for the people” as is normal for all communist states; it is also seen as deeply Western and despicable. Christians try to hide their faith as far as possible to avoid arrest and being sent to a labor camp. Thus, being Christian has to be a well-protected secret, even within families, and most parents refrain from introducing their children to the Christian faith in order to make sure that nothing slips their tongue when they are asked. The populace are kept ignorant of the outside world and forcibly indoctrinated into the bizarre doctrines and policies of the “Dear Leader”. He has made 70 bronze statues (total value over $1 billion) – and literally tens of thousands of other monuments, towers and figures – of his father Kim Il-Sung, the Father in the twisted Cheondogyo trinity of Father, Son and Juche spirit. The nuclear threat of this rogue nation is only surpassed by the nation’s great suffering and deprivation.

+ For the 50,000-70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps. Ask God to sustain them.
+ That God would change the heart of Kim Jong-Un and use him to reform the country.

(2) IRAQ (35.9 m people / 554,000 Christians)

The number of lives lost as a result of invasions, insurgencies and deprivation may be as high as 600,000, with nearly two million people displaced. More than half of the population live in poverty. Women suffer forced marriage, abduction, honour killing, violence and rape, used as a threat and weapon against them. They have almost no recourse to legal protection, and the religious establishment does little or nothing to protect them. Children live in a context of instability and uncertainty. Many do not attend school, less than half have access to safe drinking water and some even face malnourishment.

+ For Muslim Background Believers who often face opposition from their family and community.
+ For the protection of Christians fleeing from ISIS.

(3) ERITREA (6.7 m people / 2.5 m Christians)

Students still in Eritrea remain fervent in evangelizing and discipling their peers, and large numbers continue to come to faith. Many recent evangelical movements were started or fueled by students committed to Jesus. Radio/Satellite TV, JESUS Film, audio Scriptures, Bible correspondence courses—pray for widespread and effective use of all these resources.

+ For the hundreds of Eritrean Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith.
+ That the government would soften its stance on evangelical Christians and give them the freedom to worship Jesus without restrictions.
+ That the rise of Islamic extremism will be stifled.