Research for the 2019 World Watch List showed that more than 245 million Christians faced persecution during the 2018 reporting period—up 30 million from the year before. North Korea was the No. 1 most dangerous country for Christians for the 18th consecutive year, and India cracked the top 10 for the first time—shining a spotlight on intensifying and violent persecution in the world’s second-most populous country.
From persecutor to follower of Jesus—Mostafa set out to kill his newly converted cousin and avenge his family’s honor. What he found was new life. The two young men now live in secrecy—live like thousands of believers in Egypt and the Middle East whose families see their conversion to Christianity as a betrayal of their family and tribe.
On Easter Sunday, the world was shocked as news that terrorists had bombed three churches during Easter services and three hotels in Sri Lanka. More than 300 people were killed; 176 children lost one or both parents.