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Christian Persecution

1 Corinthians 12:26 says that we are one body. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Learn more about the persecution of Christians worldwide, and what you can do to help.

What is Christian Persecution? 

Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one's identification as a Christian.  From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith.   Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis. 

According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians).  Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.


100 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering. They are real, and they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Meet some of them by listening to their stories.
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World Watch List

Every year, we publish our World Watch List, which ranks countries by the severity of persecution. Learn more about the World Watch List and how Open Doors ranks countries of persecution.
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Whether you represent a Church, a School, a Youth Program or just yourself. Check out our resources to help you dig deeper and learn more about Christian Persecution.
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