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 | Jan-Mar 2019 issue
When an Open Doors worker asked a pastor how Christians can pray for the Church in Egypt, he responded:

Please don’t pray for us. Please pray with us.

If you pray for us, you will pray for the wrong things.

You will pray that the church will be safe. You will pray for persecution to cease. We are not praying for these things. We ask God for the salvation of Egypt. We ask that He draw millions of Muslims to Christ. We ask that we will be bold and clear in sharing our faith with Muslims. And we pray that when the inevitable persecution comes… that we will not run away, that we will be faithful in that persecution even if it costs us our lives. Will you tell your friends to pray these
prayers with us?

Another year has begun, and we are blessed with an opportunity to pray once again for our brothers and sisters in Christ. You and I have a God-given privilege to journey with Christians in countries like North Korea, a place where everyone is forced to worship the Kim dynasty and nothing else, through prayer.

Our magazine is now a prayer magazine. Use it as you pray with and not just for persecuted Christians this 2019.

Let’s be on our knees together!

– 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