Around the world, more than 340 million Christians live in places where they experience high levels of persecution, just for following Jesus.
That’s 1 in 8 believers.
A woman in India watches as her sister is dragged off by Hindu Nationalists. She doesn’t know if her sister is alive or dead.
A man in a North Korean prison camp is shaken awake after being beaten unconscious; the beatings begin again.
A group of children are laughing and talking as they come down to their church’s sanctuary after eating together. Instantly, many of them are killed by a bomb blast. It’s Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Over the last year there have been:
-4,761 Christians killed for their faith
-4,888 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
-4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced, or imprisoned
These people don’t live in the same region, or even on the same continent. But they share an important characteristic: They are all Christians, and they suffer because of their faith. While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Jesus Christ. From Sudan to Russia, from Nigeria to North Korea, from Colombia to India, followers of Christianity are targeted for their faith. They are attacked; they are discriminated against at work and at school; they risk sexual violence, torture, arrest and much more.
Sunday, November 7 is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Prayer is the number one request of persecuted Christians, and we will pray for them this Sunday.
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