Scott is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, aesthetics, and comedic narrative to create experiences that speak to our deepest stories. Watch for the newest editions of Scott’s Icons of Hope throughout the year — and share them with your personal reflections on social media.
No. 4: Afghanistan
It’s virtually impossible to practice faith in Afghanistan. Though Christians in the country have long been forced to keep their faith a secret, the stakes are even higher now. Those who are discovered — or even suspected — risk kidnapping, torture, and even death. Those who escape face the difficult task of finding safe harbor and rebuilding their lives.
No. 3: Iran
If choosing faith meant choosing prison, would you still? In Iran, Christianity has been driven underground, forced to practice in secret. Government raids of home churches are common, threatening an estimated 800,000 Christians with interrogation, torture, and arrest. Many are sentenced to decades-long imprisonment on false charges of “threatening national security.”
No. 2: Nigeria
Nigeria hosts the most religiously-motivated violence in the world. But the Church in Nigeria isn’t growing silent in response. Hajaratu, a woman who lost everything – including a child – in an attack by religious extremists, responded by singing: “Only words of gratitude, only words of gratitude. All I have to offer you, my God, are words of gratitude.”
No. 1: North Korea
North Korea is the world’s most dangerous place to be a Christian: Tens of thousands of prisoners are enduring labor camps and imprisonment solely for their faith in Jesus. This artwork depicts the flame of faith that remains burning deep within North Korean prisons.