Friday, January 15, 2021

Top 50 Countries of Christian Persecution - World Watch List - Newly Released Shows Over 340 Million Persecuted Christians Globally



The Open Doors organization has just released its annual report. It shows that over 340 million people—1 in 8 Christians worldwide are persecuted. 
 340+ million of Christians are targeted, discriminated against and attacked—because they choose to follow Jesus. 
 Open Doors released its 2021 World Watch List—the annual ranking of the top 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to be a believer. The list is the foremost report of its kind, offering the most in-depth, reliable data on Christian persecution.
Over the last year, we’ve seen record increases in modern-day persecution—from oppressive surveillance and arrests in China and Iran to brutal violence in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the world, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the ugliness of persecution in a new way, as thousands of families were refused government relief due to their faith. 
The facts this research reveals are staggering. It’s important we see the current reality. But don’t miss something else the list shows us: the resilience of God’s people. SEE the FULL List below the Video:
Please Remember to PRAY daily for persecuted Christians. 
 
 The numbers of believers who are suffering should mean the Church is dying—that Christians are keeping quiet, renouncing their faith and turning away.
But that’s not what’s happening. Instead, their on-the-ground ministry partners tell us that so many times, persecution is the direct result of believers sharing the gospel. 
Where there is persecution, you can be sure that God is moving in the hearts of people, strengthening them to share His love and stand resilient (Isaiah 43:19).

The top 50 countries where its most difficult to follow Jesus
1) Country: North Korea
Source of Persecution: Communist and post-communist oppression
Continent: Asia
Main Religion: Agnosticism
2) Afghanistan
Clan oppression
Central Asia
Islam
3) Somalia
Clan oppression
Africa
Islam
4) Libya
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
5) Pakistan
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
6) Eritrea
Denominational protectionism
Africa
Islam
7) Yemen
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
8
Iran
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
9
Nigeria
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam, Christianity
10
India
Religious nationalism
Asia
Hinduism
11) Iraq
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
12) Syria
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
13) Sudan
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
14) Saudi Arabia
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
15) Maldives
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
16) Egypt
Dictatorial paranoia
Africa
Islam
17) China
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Agnosticism
18) Myanmar
Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
19) Vietnam
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
20) Mauritania
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
21) Uzbekistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
22) Laos
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
23) Turkmenistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
24) Algeria
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
25) Turkey
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
26) 
Tunisia
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
27) Morocco
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
28) Mali
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
29) Qatar
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
30) Colombia
Clan oppression
Latin America
Christianity
31) Bangladesh
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
32) Burkina Faso
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
33) Tajikistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
34) Nepal
Clan oppression
Asia
Hinduism
35) Central African Republic
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
36) Ethiopia
Denominational protectionism
Africa
Christianity
37) Mexico
Organized crime and corruption
Latin America
Christianity
38) Jordan
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
39) Brunei
Dictatorial paranoia
Asia
Islam
40) Democratic Republic of the Congo
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
41) Kazakhstan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
42) Cameroon
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
43) Bhutan
Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
44) Oman
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
45) Mozambique
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
46) Malaysia
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
47) Indonesia
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
48) Kuwait
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
49) Kenya
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
50) Comoros
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ - Text Edited from Open Doors Email release

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