Yesterday the 2019 World Watch List was released showing the 50 most dangerous countries to follow Jesus in 2019.
As the new year begins, we look back to see what Christmas was like for the persecuted church.
Sydney woman Katie Graham was arrested a month ago in the small Nepalese town of Gularia, not far from the border of India.
Elijah* faced persecution since he was in the womb. He grew up in a family of strong Buddhists in Myanmar. His grandfather was the local sorcerer.
Just over a year ago, the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines was liberated from an Islamic extremist group linked to the Islamic State. Many are still affected, with thousands of Christians currently displaced.
On October 31, Asia Bibi's 10-year blasphemy case reached a final verdict. The charges against her were dropped and her immediate release from prison was ordered.
Churches in China are facing increasing pressure after new government regulations were introduced earlier this year.
In a village in India Pastor Sujit* led 60 people to Christ. But when he started building a church for them, opposition came.