A Brief Reminder about Our Persecuted Family

Posted on August 23, 2019


By David Ettinger

Periodic Update
I have been an avid follower of the persecuted church since 1992. What Christians in the West call “persecution” pales by comparison to the atrocities occurring in such nations as North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Iran, India, Syria, Nigeria, and dozens of others.

At least twice a year I post a blog reminding believers in the West to be praying for our brothers and sisters in the persecuted lands. The above countries are the top 12 nations of most severe Christian persecution according to Open Doors USA, a community of Christians who support persecuted believers in more than 60 countries.

Here are some statistics on Christian persecution provided by Open Door:

  • Every month, 105 churches are attacked, burned, or vandalized in the top 50 World Watch List countries.
  • Every day, 11 Christians are killed for their decision to follow Jesus.

In the year between October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2018:

  • In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ.
  • 1 in 9 Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution.
  • 4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.
  • 2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.
  • 1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.

Things are only going to get worse – for a time. At Christ’s return, all things will be set right. Until then, believers must dig in, brace themselves, stand firm, and rely as never before upon the grace of God. May we be found faithful in praying for our precious brothers and sisters who are suffering so greatly.