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The leading Christian persecution watchdog nongovernmental organization Open Doors USA, recently released its 2020 World Watch List. The report highlights a drastic increase in attacks against Christian buildings and the imprisonment of Christians. It ranks the worst 50 countries in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians and is based on data compiled by Open Doors’ operations in 60 countries. This year’s list names a number of repeat offenders such as North Korea, China, Iran, Somalia, and Eritrea as well as new countries where radical Islamic extremism wreaked havoc on Christian communities in 2019.
Open Doors rolled out the 2020 report at a briefing attended by representatives of the Trump administration, Congress, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and prominent human rights activists. The report finds that about 260 million Christians experience “high levels of persecution” in the top 50 countries on the list. This is an increase of about 6 percent from the 2019 report. The report also states that 9,488 “churches or Christian buildings”, an average of 25 per day, were attacked during the 2019 reporting period (Nov. 1, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2019). By comparison, Open Doors noted in last year’s report that 1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked.
There has been an increase in the number of Christians that have been detained without trial, arrested and imprisoned. In the 2019 report it was 2,625, but in this year’s report it is 3,711. However, the report indicates a decrease in the number of Christians killed for their faith. At least 2,983 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons during the last reporting period. That is an average of eight Christians killed per day. By comparison, an average of 11 Christians was killed per day (4,136) during Open Doors’ 2018 reporting period. The decrease in killings according to Open Doors, was due to the Islamic terror group Boko Haram killing fewer Christians in Nigeria. Nigeria represents the most violent country in the world for Christians as far as the organization’s data can track. The top 10 countries for Christian persecution on the 2020 World Watch list are, North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Iran and India.
Let us use this information to help motivate us to pray for our persecuted brethren all across the world. The Word of God admonishes us as follows, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
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- LUNCH HOUR HOTLINE/BIBLICAL DYNAMICS
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- 5:30 p.m. – Biblical Dynamics – The Book of Revelation
- PRAISE & ADORATION PRACTICE
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- YOUTH MINISTRY MEETING
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- HOUR-OF-POWER PRAYER SESSION
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