Persecuted Church


 

“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. -Psalm 22:24 “

 

 

Stand with exploited Christians around the world through prayer and advocacy this INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

 

BEATEN, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Every day, Christians around the world face persecution simply for believing in Jesus. These are their stories.

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STANDING BEHIND PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS Whether suffering at the hands of governments, extremists, neighbors, or even family members, one thing is certain: Christians around the world are ready and willing to answer the call of Christ no matter the cost.

Maybe you don’t know how to help—or even feel guilty that you have never suffered for your faith. But the Bible is clear about the part Christians are to play in supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ:

“Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3)

We must stand in solidarity with Christians who are crying out for comfort, support, and strength.

Persecuted Children in Middle East


 

This International Day of Prayer, will you pause to intercede for the persecuted church?

 

 

Persecution Today at a Glance:

 

Syria

Syria

ISIS has forced thousands of Syrian Christians to flee their homes or “convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face death.”
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Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar is currently ranked by the World Watch List as the 23rd most dangerous place in the world for Christians.
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Nigeria

Nigeria

Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, continues to terrorize Christians in Nigeria and has forced millions to flee their homes in fear of capture.
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Central-African-Republic

C.A.R.

Violent clashes between Muslim and Christian groups in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) make it a volatile place for Christ-followers.
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India

India

IIndia is a rich tapestry of culture, ethnicity, and religion. But a hostile political atmosphere is making it difficult for Christians to practice their faith in Christ.
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North-Korea

North Korea

In North Korea, being a Christian is forbidden by law. Public expressions of faith, worship, evangelism, or possession of Bibles have been known to end in execution.
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Nepal

Nepal

Nepali Christians represent less than 2 percent of the population and are frequently targeted by extremist groups, particularly Hindu and Maoist factions.
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China

China

Christians who operate apart from the government-approved churches of China are subject to discrimination, arrest, and threats.
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URGENT PRAYER:

 

IRAQ & SYRIA Christians in Iraq and Syria have suffered unthinkable persecution from ISIS. Pray for believers who remain or are displaced around the world—that they will lead many Muslims to Christ and that members of ISIS will come to know Jesus.

NORTH KOREA Because it is illegal to be a Christian in North Korea, Christ-followers are often completely isolated . . . making fellowship and evangelism extremely dangerous. Pray for Christians suffering torture in labor camps, and that the nation’s leadership will become open to the Gospel.

CHINA & VIETNAM Leaders of house churches are often targeted and closely monitored by police. Pray for the spiritual growth of minority groups and Christians living in rural areas, and for the spiritual awakening of government officials.

AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, IRAN Large regions of the Middle East are unsafe for Christians and their families. Many face constant threats and assassination attempts. Pray for Christians being persecuted by their families, that the Gospel will invade the ranks of terrorist groups, and that those living under strict regimes will have wisdom and perseverance.

CUBA Larger church gatherings have been told to disband, and Christian leaders are often targeted. Pray for new believers, that they will receive access to God’s Word and will boldly proclaim the Gospel without fear. Pray also for Christian leaders, that they will receive the ministry training they need.  

INDIA & NIGERIA Christians throughout India and Nigeria face violent persecution from opposing religious groups. Pray for Indian Christians living in states with anti-conversion laws and those being pressured to convert back to Hinduism. Pray also for Nigerian Christians who have been driven from their homes by Boko Haram, and that these militants will come to know Jesus Christ.  

 

How You Can Help:

 

 

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Aid for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East are being viciously targeted by ISIS, forced to either flee with only the clothes on their backs, convert, or be killed. This has resulted in what many are calling the “Christian holocaust” of the Middle East. And not nearly enough is being done about it.

World Help is working around the clock to provide life-saving supplies—clean water, food, medicine, blankets, shoes, and more—while simultaneously investing in holistic methods of care within refugee communities.

By partnering with us today, you can give incredible comfort and relief to Christian refugee families who have suffered the unthinkable.

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PROVIDE GOD’S WORD

In addition to providing life-saving supplies, what better way to give comfort and encouragement than through the gift of God’s Word?

For only $1, you can help print and distribute an illustrated children’s Bible in the Middle East.

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For $5, you can give one person the gift of God’s Word.

For $100, you can provide an entire house church with Bibles.

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“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4

 

 

 

Stories of Persecution

 

 

Iraqi refugees - World Help

Christian Holocaust in the Middle East

The very future of Christianity in Iraq and Syria is at stake right now.

Children of genocide - World Help

Warnings of Genocide in Central African Republic

UN ambassador Samantha Power has called the situation in the CAR “the worst crisis most people have never heard of.”

Myanmar - World Help

Myanmar: Shining a Light in “the Land of Shadows”

For Christ followers in Myanmar, persecution and violence is rampant and danger is ever-present.

Nepal child sponsorship - World Help

A Calling With a Cost

Nepali believers are willing to die if it means spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard.

 

 

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