A 100-year-old Iranian church has been shut down and had the cross removed from its tower earlier this month. A large number of intelligence officials stormed the church, emptied it, and changed all the locks to prevent anyone returning.
As the Syrian civil war enters what could be its last year, Christians are trying to rebuild in the face of an uncertain future.
A first-of-its-kind event took place on 5 February in Abu Dhabi.
The month leading up to Christmas 2018 saw a staggering number of Christians arrested in Iran.
Pastor Edward from Damascus shares what Christmas is like for the church in Syria.
On 22 July, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was arrested in Iran and taken to prison after a violent raid.