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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.

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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

A global look at Christian persecution

All Roni wanted to do was worship with other Christians and learn more about her newfound faith in Jesus. But there was a problem. Roni lives in a country where Christians are the minority and they are often mistreated. In fact, we’ve changed her name to...

Are you ready for Sunday?

On Sunday, Christians in China will gather in secret for fear of being discovered. North Koreans will read Scripture from scraps of paper where they have scrawled a few verses. Then, they’ll sneak those torn pages back into their hiding spot. Christians...

The 5 blessings of persecution

Voices raised in song, hands clapping, the drum beating. I was kneeling on the ground, worshipping with my brothers and sisters in Christ in a language I barely knew. I was living in a country where Christianity wasn’t always welcome, but these men and...

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...

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