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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

— Matthew 5:10, ESV

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

On Nov. 4, join thousands of Christians as we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Set aside time with your family and friends to cry out to God on their behalf.

You can also help by providing Bibles. North Korea is the worst persecutor of Christians in the world. And most believers there don’t have the comfort of God’s Word. But for $10, you can give one Bible to a persecuted North Korean Christian who is begging for one.

Stand with persecuted Christians

One in 12 Christians around the world experiences high levels of persecution. Every day, they risk abuse, imprisonment, and even death in order to follow Christ.

Scripture says that when one part of the body of Christ suffers, we all suffer. This is not something we can ignore.

On this page, you will find information about where persecution is the greatest, stories of oppressed believers, and resources to prepare you for Nov. 4. You can also stay up to date year-round, by visiting our new website dedicated to the persecuted church.

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North Korea

North Korea has been ranked the most dangerous place for Christians for 16 years in a row. An estimated 70,000 Christ-followers are currently enslaved in labor camps.

Jordan

Muslim-background believers face intense persecution from family and friends. Pressure to convert back comes in the form of discrimination, abuse, and threats.

Sudan

Islamic nationalists have pushed for the cleansing of all other religions from the nation, destroying churches and driving many Christians into South Sudan.

Syria

Syrian Christians are at risk because of Islamic extremist groups. Many churches have been destroyed, and Muslim-background believers often face serious threats.

China

Christianity is considered a threat to China’s communist identity, so local authorities often intimidate believers who refuse to join the state-controlled church.

Kenya

The Islamic militant group al-Shabab often targets believers in Kenya. It has harassed, beaten, kidnapped, and killed dozens of Christians in recent years.

India

It is estimated that less than 5 percent of India’s population is Christian. Radical Hindus view these believers as outsiders — blemishes that need to be removed.

Myanmar

Buddhism and nationalism go hand-in-hand in the country of Myanmar. Conversion to Christianity is often seen as a betrayal of both country and family.

Iraq

The rise of radical Islam in Iraq has driven many Christians to flee the country. Believers are frequently threatened, kidnapped, or even killed for their faith.

Ethiopia

A rise of secularism mixed with Islamic extremism has threatened the safety of Ethiopian believers. Christians must often worship in secret to avoid abuse.

Nepal

Hindu nationalists view any other religion as a threat to their Nepali identity. Extremists say they especially want to make the nation “Christian-free.”

Nigeria

In many parts of Nigeria, Christianity is seen as a religion that needs to be eradicated. Muslim extremists demand that believers convert to Islam or face death.

Ways you can help

Provide Bibles for the persecuted

Persecuted believers need your prayers, but they also are begging for Bibles. When you provide Bibles to Christians in North Korea, you give encouragement when they need it most. For $10, you can give one Bible to a North Korean believer. And because that Bible will be shared among friends, your gift multiplies to impact at least five people.

Pray for the persecuted

Many of our brothers and sisters around the world tell us, “Don’t pray for the persecution to stop.” Instead, they ask for prayer that they will stay strong in their faith, that the blood of martyrs will continue to be the seed of the church, and that they will have opportunities to share the Gospel — even with their persecutors. Check out the resources listed below for more suggestions about how to pray for the persecuted church.

Resources

We want to equip you to take part in the International Day of Prayer on Nov. 4.  Click the button below to download helpful resources, including:

• A prayer guide for families
• A prayer guide for youth groups
• A prayer guide for kids
• A coloring sheet for children
• A list of Scriptures about persecution
• A church bulletin insert

Stories from the persecuted church

Will you join the fight?

Kneeling on the damp ground, the old woman gingerly digs in the dirt. She has buried her greatest and most dangerous treasure … hoping to keep it — and herself — safe. Every morning she comes to this spot, long before the sun rises. And every morning, she...

What would you ask for if you were persecuted?

What if you woke up every morning wondering if this was the day you would be thrown into prison? Your crime? Believing in Jesus. Yet, this is a tragic reality for Christians living in North Korea. Owning a single page of the Bible is a punishable offense...

Hye’s church needs 100 Bibles. Right now, they have one

Whenever I talk with our partners who work secretly in North Korea, they tell me good news and bad news. The good news is that the underground church there is growing — despite the most brutal religious persecution in the world. The bad news is there...

How to talk to your church about persecution

Sanji wakes up, hoping it was all a dream. The day before, he received news that his brother, a local pastor, had been killed. His brother was attacked by his own neighbors, simply because he dared to share his faith. Sanji himself has faced abuse for...

Are you prepared for International Day of Prayer?

If you’re anything like me, your Sundays probably look pretty much the same every week. You get up, get dressed in something nice, and drive to church. Maybe you drop your kids off at Sunday School or the youth room. Or you might volunteer in some ministry...

Walk in the shoes of a North Korean Christian

Do you find it difficult to relate to your persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ? It’s strange to think about keeping your faith, your Bible, and your worship a secret from your closest friends and family. But try for a moment. Put yourself in the shoes of a...

Bibles help persecuted Christians stay the course

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. — Romans 15:4, ESV The pungent aroma of incense floated around the temple. Cymbals clanged and voices...

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