About Persecution

The Cost Of Following Jesus Is Increasing

All over the world, persecution against Christians is rising, both in frequency and intensity. Though it differs in nature based on location, age, gender, ethnicity, culture, family and many more factors, the common thread is that persecution exists where the gospel is being shared.

For that very reason, Open Doors doesn’t exist to stop persecution, but to help the local church continue to follow Jesus, no matter the cost.

Each year, Open Doors publishes the World Watch List, which shows the 50 most dangerous countries in the world to follow Jesus. The World Watch List shows us where persecution is on the rise, how God is at work and where the gospel is advancing.

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1 in 8 Christians worldwide are persecuted for following Jesus.

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