News and Stories
Former Muslims like Abir and their families can face isolation and shame, leading to financial hardship, physical injuries and even death. In areas where extremist groups run rampant, Christians, especially converts from Islam, can be singled out for their faith and attacked. In other areas such as Iran and Central Asia, the government is the main driver of persecution.
We offer 10 specific prayers for these believers you can bring to the Father as you pray for our persecuted family across the globe.
“This situation is like hell—it can’t be imagined or understood without experiencing it.”
The words are part of a message we recently received from a North Korean believer who shared about the food crisis North Koreans are facing in their country. While good news recently came out that North Korea has reopened communication lines with South Korea, the daily living conditions for North Korean citizens continue to worsen.
The ISIS fighter kept the gun to Sana’s head as she begged him to allow her husband and two sons to ride on the bus to safety with her. His weapon was his answer. The bus doors closed, and Sana was off. She’d escaped the horrors of ISIS.
But she has never seen her husband and her sons since.
As Christians, we react to news of a brother or sister being killed for their faith with mixed emotions. On one level, it is a gut-punch of horror to hear the report. On the other, we know that God has a plan and a special place for those who have died for their faith.
But what happens to the family of a martyr, especially when he or she is a church leader?
Afghan Christians tell our local partners that they are afraid. They’re asking for our prayers and have even shared specific ways we can pray for them.
“For us, everything has been taken away,” says Saad*, a secret believer in Afghanistan. “We need you to ask God on our behalf.”
The burqas covering women from head to toe are back. The men with rifles slung across their shoulders have become permanent fixtures on the streets. Just two of many indicators of what life will be like in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Saad and Fatimah, two of the few secret believers in the country, have chosen to stay in their homeland. For more than 40 years, their families have practiced their Christian faith in the shadows.