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 | Apr-Jun 2019 issue

“Analysis of the World Watch List (WWL) 2019 Gender profiles of religious persecution confirms that global trends regarding religious persecution are gender-specific, broadly reflecting stereotypical gender roles of social context. Christian men are especially subject to economic harassment via business, work or job access, while Christian women in particular suffer sexually violent attacks.

Researchers found, based upon numerous field interviews in combination with detailed reporting on over 60 countries, that the experiences of religious persecution faced by Christian men globally is characterized as focused, severe and visible. In contrast, religious persecution endured by Christian women globally is characterized by being complex, violent and hidden.” (Source: Open Doors International)

In this prayer magazine, you will find the testimony of Esther from Nigeria. She was held captive by Boko Haram for more than three years. She felt that God has forsaken her. But praise be to the Lord our God for He reminded and showed her that He is present and will never abandon her. He called different people from all over the world to help Esther. She was able to join a trauma care program held by partners of Open Doors.

There are many women who feel alone because of persecution, and God can use you as His instrument in declaring to these women the truth that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6). One of the things you can do today is lift them up in prayer.

– 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