WORLD WATCH LIST 2020
“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you, and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ).” – Luke 6:22
“Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10
Figures for the persecution of Christians have shown a ‘shocking increase’, from previous years, according to persecution watchdog Open Doors 2020 Rankings.
Every day, 8 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. Every week, 182 churches or Christian buildings are attacked. And every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly.
Reports the 2020 World Watch List (WWL), the latest annual accounting from Open Doors of the top 50 countries where Christians are the most persecuted for their faith.
“We cannot let this stand,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, during the 2020 list’s unveiling in Washington, DC, this morning. “People are speaking out and we have an obligation to hear their cry,”
Deadliest Countries To Be A Christian
The charity has released its World Watch List for 2020, and the usual contenders for the most dangerous countries for Christians held their top positions with Nigeria maintaining the 12th. North Korea tops the list of Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian, a position it has now maintained for the last twenty years (2002), when the watch list began.
WORLD WATCH LIST 2020 – Most Dangerous Countries To Be Christian
See The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Deadly To Be Christian – Open Doors 2020 Ranking
1 North Korea
13 Saudi Arabia
25 Central African Republic
28 Burkina Faso
30 Sri Lanka
46 Russian Federation
47 United Arab Emirates
The listed nations comprise 260 million Christians suffering high to severe levels of persecution, up from 245 million in last year’s list.
The Open Doors World Watch List is the only annual survey of the persecution of Christians around the world – including the state of their religious liberties.
Recognized as the most trusted data available on persecution in the global Church, it’s a powerful resource that educates and equips you with knowledge to help you stand with our brothers and sisters who are living where faith costs the most.
We pray that this knowledge helps you know how to pray for and encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Source: Open Doors