Open Doors

Serving persecuted Christians worldwide

2019 World Watch List

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the top 50 countries where Christians face persecution. It’s a unique, in-depth record of places where faith in Jesus costs the most.


1. North Korea (The country remains no. 1 as it has done every year since 2002)
2. Afghanistan
3. Somalia
4. Libya
5. Pakistan
6. Sudan
7. Eritrea
8. Yemen
9. Iran
10. India

Open Doors prayer magazine | Jul-Sep 2019 issue

“…This past year Open Doors experienced continued pressure, not only on our dedicated Field teams and the increased violence on women and children, but also due to financial constraints. As such, the Field teams decided to focus their efforts on the most vulnerable and the most persecuted in 2018.

Despite these pressures, the Lord still provided in amazing ways and Open Doors continued to serve those Christians living in the most spiritually dark areas of the world so they can be lights to those around them. Thank you for partnering with us this past year as we live out what Luke writes about Paul and Barnabas in Acts 14:22, “…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.”” (Message of thanks from the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Open Doors International)

Thank you for standing with us and our persecuted family not only through your loving support but also through your faithful prayers!

– BJ (Manager, Open Doors Philippines)



Lift up your persecuted family to God regularly. Remember them in your daily quiet times, family bondings, Bible study group, ministry gatherings, and church worship services.


Commit through God’s enabling to give monthly, quarterly, or yearly to the Persecuted Church. Your gift of whatever amount is of great value in empowering persecuted believers around the world.


Mobilize your local church for the Persecuted Church. Invite us to your church service, prayer gatherings, Bible study groups, missions month activities, school or any other church activity.

…I am still seeking my brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for their faith—not only because they need me, but because I need them. We are all part of the same fellowship of believers, which the Bible calls the Body of Christ. We need one another. We all have a calling to do God‘s work—together. – Brother Andrew