V.P. Pence pledges U.S. support for North Korean Christians

July 18, 2019 by Lindy Lowry in Advocacy

“Open Doors has identified North Korea as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians for the past 18 years.”

Today at the second-annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom–the largest religious liberty gathering in the world–Vice President Mike Pence shared research from Open Doors’ World Watch List and spoke about the brutal persecution of Christians around the world, noting that “83 percent of the world’s population lives in nations where religious freedom is threatened or banned.”

He spoke specifically about the “unparalleled” brutal treatment of 300,000 secret believers in North Korea who risk their lives to follow Jesus.

“The North Korean regime formally demands for its officials to, in their words, “wipe out the seed of Christian reactionaries.”

Watch the video below to hear all of Pence’s comments on the treatment of the church in North Korea.

Pence also spoke about persecution in China, saying that the church in China has reached 130 million Chinese Christians: “One of the greatest ironies in the history of Christianity—in today’s China, we actually see the fastest growth in the Christian faith that we have ever seen anywhere on earth in the last 2,000 years.

“Just 70 years ago, when the communist party took power, there were less than a half million Chinese Christians. Yet today, just two generations later, faith in Jesus Christ has reached as many as 130 million Chinese Christians.”

He reinforced that faith in China continues to grow even in the midst of current persecution from the Chinese Communist Party that has seen Christians arrested for their faith, pastors sent to prison and churches shuttered. China is now No. 27 on Open Doors’ World Watch List—a huge jump of 16 spots from 43 on the 2018 list.

Throughout his address, Vice President Pence shared stories from persecuted Christians in Iran, China, Iraq and many other countries on the World Watch List. In more than 60 countries around the world, Christians endure high levels of persecution for their faith. Open Doors comes alongside persecuted believers to provide food aid, trauma counseling, rebuild homes and much more–working with ministry partners to strengthen the world’s most dangerous places to be a Christian.

Open Doors was part of the the Ministerial in other ways, as well. During the week, Open Doors CEO David Curry met with Vice President Pence to share research and stories focusing on the persecution of Christians in more than 60 countries and Open Doors’ work in strengthening the persecuted church.

“Vice President Pence shared his appreciation for Open Doors and all that we’re doing to support religious freedom and persecuted Christians,” Curry said about his time with the Vice President, adding that Pence is “very knowledgeable about the World Watch List and all we are doing.”

Remember to pray with Christians in North Korea, China and throughout the world who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. If you would like to learn more about religious persecution and hear the stories and prayer requests of persecuted believers in more than 60 countries, you can sign up here to receive weekly updates.