Today, just like in the book of Acts, Christians are persecuted all around the world for following Jesus.
Persecution can be defined as any hostility experienced as a result of one's identification as a Christian.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to remind him not to be surprised by persecution–because it's unavoidable for followers of Jesus.
"In fact, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
–2 Timothy 3:12
Every year, Open Doors releases the world watch list–a detailed report on the top 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian.
215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution in the countries on the world watch list. This represents 1 in 12 Christians worldwide.
255 Christians are killed
104 are abducted
180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage
66 churches are attacked
160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned
But these believers need to know they're not alone–and the worldwide body of Christ stands with them.
And today, Open Doors is on-the-ground in over 60 countries–working through local partners to equip the church to be the church in the most dangerous places.
We serve the persecuted church through:
prayer and support
rebuilding homes and churches
And we believe it's in the DNA of every Christian to care for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ.
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
–1 Cor. 12:26
We invite you to connect with your persecuted family
Pray - commit to pray daily for your persecuted family
Engage - Write a letter, sign petitions, and use your voice to advocate for your persecuted family
Volunteer - Join us and use your unique skills and passions on behalf of the persecuted
Give - Give today and help provide Bibles, discipleship, food, medical supplies, trauma care and so much more.