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Christian
Persecution

Christian
Persecution

Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world (Source: Pew Research).

More men and women are being persecuted today for Jesus than at any other time in human history. Millions of Christians face intense persecution and risk their lives for the sake of the Gospel.

Millions
of Christians Persecuted World Wide

Over 60 Countries
Around the World have Persecuted Christians

Tens of Thousands
of Christians Killed for their Faith Every Year

1,000’s in Prison
Across the World for their Faith
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What is Christian Persecution?

What is Christian Persecution?

Throughout the world today, millions of Christians are experiencing persecution for the sake of Christ. Pastors are imprisoned or killed for proclaiming the Gospel in their churches and villages. Young people flee for their lives when their families discover they have converted to Christianity. Believers are beaten, tortured, pursued.

They are falsely accused, threatened, abused, starved, maimed and harassed.

Their homes and churches are burnt down, their Bibles and Christian material confiscated, and their businesses destroyed.

They are expelled from school and college, fired from their jobs, treated as criminals and rebels, forbidden to evangelise, and forced to meet and worship in secret.

WHY ARE CHRISTIAN’S PERSECUTED

Wherever Christians go, they experience opposition. But in certain countries, this persecution is particularly severe.

Government policy or practice in some nations prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles and meeting together. Anti-Christian laws lead to harassment or imprisonment of believers for their witness.

Christians in other areas are routinely persecuted by family, neighbours or rebel groups despite the protection the government provides.

In other countries, civil wars and other conflicts result in Christians facing opposition for their faith.

Hinduism

Majority-Hindu nations enforce anti-conversion laws, attempting to force new Christians to revert to Hinduism. Evangelists who supposedly perform forced conversions to Christianity are prosecuted. Political groups wanting to establish a purely Hindu nation, such as in India or Nepal, sometimes use violent tactics to try to eradicate Christians from the area.

Communism

Communist governments want control. But they can’t control the rapid growth of Christianity in countries like Vietnam and China. Government restrictions make Christian life and ministry very difficult. Pastors and leaders are arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in an attempt to stop the church.

Islam

According to more radical streams of Islam, apostasy (rejecting your religion) is a crime that demands the death penalty. When a Muslim converts from Islam to Christianity, they bring shame on their family. They are abandoning their heritage, their very identity. Muslim background believers often face harsh opposition from the government, their family and friends.

The Real Reason for Persecution

Persecution should not surprise us. Jesus tells us that persecution from the world is part of what it means to follow Him.

Jesus says: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you… If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18,20.

Paul writes to Timothy that “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12.

Just as Jesus went to the cross, He said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34-35.

Christians in more hostile nations may live far from us, but as believers we know that we are one with them in Christ’s body. We cannot ignore their suffering. Voice of the Martyrs works to help, love and encourage persecuted Christians in partnership with the church in Australia.

Wherever Christians go, they experience opposition. But in certain countries, this persecution is particularly severe.
Government policy or practice in some nations prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles and meeting together. Anti-Christian laws lead to harassment or imprisonment of believers for their witness.
Christians in other areas are routinely persecuted by family, neighbours or rebel groups despite the protection the government provides.
In other countries, civil wars and other conflicts result in Christians facing opposition for their faith.

Hinduism
Majority-Hindu nations enforce anti-conversion laws, attempting to force new Christians to revert to Hinduism. Evangelists who supposedly perform forced conversions to Christianity are prosecuted. Political groups wanting to establish a purely Hindu nation, such as in India or Nepal, sometimes use violent tactics to try to eradicate Christians from the area.

Communism
Communist governments want control. But they can’t control the rapid growth of Christianity in countries like Vietnam and China. Government restrictions make Christian life and ministry very difficult. Pastors and leaders are arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in an attempt to stop the church.

Islam
According to more radical streams of Islam, apostasy (rejecting your religion) is a crime that demands the death penalty. When a Muslim converts from Islam to Christianity, they bring shame on their family. They are abandoning their heritage, their very identity. Muslim background believers often face harsh opposition from the government, their family and friends.

The Real Reason for Persecution
Persecution should not surprise us. Jesus tells us that persecution from the world is part of what it means to follow Him.
Jesus says: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you… If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18,20.
Paul writes to Timothy that “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12.
Just as Jesus went to the cross, He said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34-35.
Christians in more hostile nations may live far from us, but as believers we know that we are one with them in Christ’s body. We cannot ignore their suffering. Voice of the Martyrs works to help, love and encourage persecuted Christians in partnership with the church in Australia.

Where are Christians Persecuted?

RESTRICTED AND HOSTILE

ALGERIA
TANZANIA
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.
CHAD
GAZA & THE WEST BANK
TUNISIA
ISRAEL
INDONESIA
MALAYSIA
BRUNEI
MINDANAO (PHILIPPINES)
MALDIVES
COMOROS
BAHRAIN
CHIAPAS (MEXICO)
BANGLADESH
NEPAL
PAKISTAN
AFGHANISTAN
KYRGYZSTAN
LIBYA TAJ1KISTAN
TURKMENISTAN
UZBEKISTAN
KAZAKHSTAN
CHINA
INDIA
AZERBAIJAN
SOMALIA
TURKEY

 

ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
SUDAN
NIGERIA
SAUDI ARABIA
MALI
MAURITANIA
IRAN
OMAN
QATAR
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
YEMEN
KUWAIT
MOROCCO

 

ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
SUDAN
NIGERIA
SAUDI ARABIA
MALI
MAURITANIA
IRAN
OMAN
QATAR
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
YEMEN
KUWAIT
MOROCCO

 

MONITORED

MOZAMBIQUE
BELARUS
CONGO (DRC)
CHAD
UGANDA
KENYA
CAMEROON
SENEGAL
NIGER

 

2020 Global Prayer Guide

VOM’s Global Prayer Guide was created to help you pray more specifically for our brothers and sisters in restricted nations.

The guide includes information on each of the Restricted Nations and Hostile Areas where VOM serves our persecuted Christian family members.

Where are Christians Persecuted?

RESTRICTED AND HOSTILE

ALGERIA
TANZANIA
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.
CHAD
GAZA & THE WEST BANK
TUNISIA
ISRAEL
INDONESIA
MALAYSIA
BRUNEI
MINDANAO (PHILIPPINES)
MALDIVES
COMOROS
BAHRAIN
CHIAPAS (MEXICO)
COLOMBIA
CUBA
NORTH KOREA
EGYPT
LEBANON
BHUTAN
VIETNAM
LAOS
BHUTAN
MYANMAR
SRI LANKA
IRAQ
JORDAN
SYRIA
BANGLADESH
NEPAL
PAKISTAN
AFGHANISTAN
KYRGYZSTAN
LIBYA
TAJIKISTAN
TURKMENISTAN
UZBEKISTAN
KAZAKHSTAN
CHINA
INDIA
AZERBAIJAN
SOMALIA
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
SUDAN
NIGERIA
SAUDI ARABIA
MALI
MAURITANIA
IRAN
OMAN
QATAR
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
YEMEN
KUWAIT
MOROCCO
TURKEY

MONITORED

MOZAMBIQUE
BELARUS
CONGO (DRC)
CHAD
UGANDA
KENYA
CAMEROON
SENEGAL
NIGER

2020 Global Prayer Guide

VOM’s Global Prayer Guide was created to help you pray more specifically for our brothers and sisters in restricted nations.

The guide includes information on each of the Restricted Nations and Hostile Areas where VOM serves our persecuted Christian family members.

TESTIMONIES

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: TESTIMONIES FROM THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Every day, thousands of Christians around the world are persecuted for following our Lord Jesus Christ. Each one has their own story; not only of the persecution they have suffered, but also of God’s work in and through them. More than merely stories of persecution, these are stories of faith, courage and opportunity. Let these testimonies from the persecuted church encourage your faith, move you to pray, and urge you to share them with others.

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Rejected by his Family but Found in Christ

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