Today around the globe more than 245 million Christians are suffering because they declare their faith in Christ.
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)
“Pray for us,” is the common request of persecuted Christians around the world. So each year in November, Churches in more than 130 countries come together for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In the UK and Ireland the date has been set for Sunday, November 17th, but Christians are being encouraged to set aside the whole month for prayer.
The theme this year is: One Faith – One Family, because the Word of God says,
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:4-6)
On Church Without Walls we will be praying every Sunday in November for the persecuted and the nations they live in. Please join with us, click the links below to download our prayer sheets, print and share them with your prayer group, house group and fellowship, and together we will pray for our persecuted family.
The primary driver of Christian persecution in North Korea is the state. For three generations, everything in the country has focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Anyone discovered to be a Christian, possessing Christian literature or Scripture, caught praying, or has had contact with Christian ideas, is considered an enemy of the state. Meeting other Christians in order to worship is almost impossible and if some believers dare to, it has to be done in utmost secrecy. Kim Jong Un has maintained his tight control over the populace, and dissent or worshiping anything else is not tolerated. To discover more about North Korea print the prayer sheet and check out this video: NORTH KOREA, Did you know these facts?
Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, attacks have increased, and Hindus believe they can attack Christians with no consequences. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organization has seen a 20% increase in membership. In 2018 the CIA classified Bajrang Dal as a millitant religious organisation in India - it is a member of the RSS family of organisations. The view of the nationalists is that to be Indian is to be Hindu, so a Christian is considered non-Indian.
Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was sworn in as chairman of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council on 12 April 2019, a day after the army overthrew President Omar al-Bashir. The TMC will assume power for two years, when elections will be held. Some of the 1.9 million Christians in the country had resorted to living in caves and gathering under trees for worship under al-Bashir's 30-year rule, because al-Bashir's regime frequently bombed Christian homes, churches, hospitals and schools in an effort to eradicate Sudanese Christians and Islamize the country.
Eritrea is one of the most secretive and isolated countries of the world. Since 1993, President Afwerki has overseen an authoritarian brutal regime that rests on massive human rights violations. Evangelical churches are illegal and must meet secretly. Protestants, in particular, face serious problems, branded CIA spies by the State, and heretics by the Orthodox church. The secret police conduct house-to-house raids and have imprisoned hundreds of Christians in inhumane conditions. The conditions inside Eritrea’s prisons are some of the harshest in the world. Christian prisoners are provided meager rations, treated very poorly and, in some areas, held inhumanely within metal shipping containers amid extreme desert conditions. To find out more about Eritrea download the prayer sheet and check out this video: ERITREA, Did you know this is happening in Africa? Our dear sister Twen is in prison in Eritrea, this young woman has suffered brutal treatment and is described as a ‘precious, lovely Christian’ - find out how you can encourage her here.
Catch up with the Persecuted Church to see what's happening to our persecuted family around the world that you need to know about.
28 Oct 2019