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2020 World Watch List
Here’s the top ten:
• In Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, more than 250 people (45 of them are children) were killed in attacks on three churches and hotels and more than 500 people were injured.
• In China, state-sanctioned and ‘underground’ churches have been harassed or shut down in at least 23 provinces.
• In Iran, 194 Christians were arrested (114 in one week just before Christmas 2018) and several house churches were raided across nine cities.
Every year, Open Doors releases a list of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. It’s called the World Watch List.
In this magazine, you will see the 2020 World Watch List and the story of a sister in Christ from North Korea. You will also find prayer points for the World Watch List’s top 50 countries in the prayer calendars.
I hope and pray that through these resources, you will not only get a clearer picture of the danger that Christians across the globe face, but also be encouraged by the faith of those who are “persecuted because of righteousness” (Matt. 5:10) and eager to pray and give.
May the Lord bless you as you read!
– BJ (Development Manager, Open Doors Philippines)
…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