Praying for persecuted Christians around the world
In previous years I have highlighted, through occasional articles, the plight of persecuted Christians around the world by sharing the Open Doors World Watch List with you. Our Mission and Outreach Team gave a generous donation to Open Doors in 2020 and we had a display of the Top Ten countries in the world where it is most dangerous to be a Christian.
The World Watch List launches this January and we can join Open Doors live at Westminster chapel to pray boldly for our persecuted family on the day of the Launch of the Open Doors World Watch List 2023. You can use this link to book your free tickets on Eventbrite.
I have already written to the MP for Bedford and Kempston, Mohammad Yasin and can you can read his reply here.
For the first time in 2022 Afghanistan was the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian. It replaced North Korea which was in second place, followed by Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Eritrea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran and India. This represents at least 360 million Christians, or 1 in 7 of the global Christian population, who experience persecution and discrimination.
Open Doors - www.opendoorsuk.org - has global underground networks in 70 countries, smuggling bibles and literature, training church leaders and other Christians, offering legal advice and providing vital practical support such as trauma care and emergency aid. Its Dutch founder, Brother Andrew, died in 2022, but his legacy lives on.
How can we be involved? Open Doors asks for three things: Give, Act, Pray. You can find out more on their website.