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Announcing The 2017 World Watch List

January 11, 2017 by Janelle P in
Announcing the 2017 World Watch List

The 2017 World Watch List is here, shedding light on the persecution of Christians around the world. This in-depth resource includes information on the 50 countries where Christians experience the worst persecution.

What Is The World Watch List?

The World Watch List is an annual report on the global persecution of Christians, published in the form of a list ranking the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Released at the beginning of each year, the list uses data from Open Doors field workers and external experts on Christian persecution to quantify and analyze persecution worldwide.

How Are The Countries Ranked?

Countries are ranked by the severity of persecution Christians experience in each. This is calculated by analyzing the level of violent persecution, plus the pressure experienced in 5 spheres of life (private, family, community, national and church). The rankings and report are audited by the International Institute for Religious Freedom.

What Is Open Doors?

For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Through on-the-ground ministry, Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration.

How Can I Learn More?

First, download the 2017 World Watch List Report below.

Then, dive into the full list.

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4 responses to “Announcing The 2017 World Watch List”

  1. I welcome persecution. I leant from Peter’s life from the Bible
    because Jesus had revealed His plan to His disciples. He was to go to Jerusalem to suffer, die, and be raised to life (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31). but Peter “began to rebuke Him” for having such a fatalistic mindset. Unwittingly, Peter was speaking for Satan. When Peter’s focus shifted to his own desires and plans, Jesus rebuked him in order to get him back on track. May our focus always be on God and His plans, that we may never experience a similar rebuke from our Lord.

    God prophesied about persecution. It just fulfilling what God said before. Hard to digest and no way to escape. If i say “no persecution’ then i am against God.
    I jsut went through an article written by Tim Challies, blogger, author, and book reviewer.
    few lines from his article
    You can praise God knowing that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings because you are united to him.
    “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”
    Christians can rejoice in persecution because justice is near. Those who persecute Christians will not triumph in the end.

    so we submit ourselves to the word of God. Let it be fulfilled. But The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.”

    As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Learn more about how you can help persecuted Christians.

  2. Subha Joshy, Well said, and you balanced it out in the end by claiming that we too have a responsibility for those who are suffering, even if according to the will of God.

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