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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“We take every opportunity to pray for one another and share scriptures that make us strong and give us hope.” – Titus, China, #23 on the 2020 World Watch List.

As technology saturation increases all over the world, Christians now face persecution from new angles. Surveillance cameras, facial recognition software and even artificial intelligence have been used to target Chinese Christians and shut down their churches. But the church is strong and committed to finding ways for fellowship despite the risks they face.

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Why The Persecuted Church Matters

The 2020 World Watch List once again shows that the cost of following Jesus is increasing all over the world.

Now more than ever before, the global body of Christ needs to stand united, both parts serving the other, and together helping each other follow Jesus all over the world, no matter the cost.

As the persecuted church count the cost of following Jesus because of the risks they face, they are the perfect mentors for our faith. As we learn about them, we also learn lessons of courageous faith from them.

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