Did you know that, world wide, one in nine Christians are persecuted for their faith?
According to Open Doors, this has increased from a year ago, when it was one in twelve.
In the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous to follow Christ, around 245 million followers experience high levels of persecution. Countries that rose or entered the 2019 World Watch list include India, China and Russia, and North Korea ranks as #1 (since 2002).
For 30 years Open Doors has been producing this yearly list ranking the top 50 countries persecuting Christians. “The list,” says CEO Mike Gore, “shows that where the gospel is being shared, persecution exists.”
As we see changes to religious freedom globally, the World Watch List is relevant to the church in Australia as we learn how persecuted Christians stand firm in the face of persecution.
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- Caption To learn more about the World Watch list visit opendoors.org.au – serving persecuted Christians world wide…