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UPDATE: Turkey jails US pastor on 'terrorism' allegations
Andrew and Norine Brunson.World Watch Monitor UPDATE (9 Dec.): A Turkish judge sent Rev. Andrew Brunson to prison in Izmir today, 64 days... Read more »
India: Christian grandmother murdered for 'disturbing the peace'
Samari Kasabi's son, Sukura (left), and his family outside their village home in Dokawaya, Chhattisgarh.Courtesy Open Doors InternationalAn Indian... Read more »
Boko Haram causing 'untold misery' in northern Cameroon
Nearly 170,000 people have fled their homes in N. Cameroon, while the area has received at least 73,000 Nigerian refugees.World watch Monitor“Yesterday I... Read more »
UPDATE First religious freedom case under new Nepal constitution: all charges dropped
The eight arrested Christians after their 
release on bail, Dolakha, Nepal 2016Vishal AroraUPDATE: A court in Nepal has... Read more »
Vietnam's Law on Belief and Religion 'deeply flawed'
Pierre Nguyễn Văn Nhơn (centre), Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi, takes part in a procession in January... Read more »
Mexico 'in denial' over Christians forced out of homes for their beliefs
Twelve of the 30 evangelical Christians evicted from the village of Tuxpan de Bolaños in Jalisco in January.Courtesy Open Doors InternationalMexico has a... Read more »
'Expendable' Christians 'victims of organ harvesting' in China
Ethan Gutmann speaking at a hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, DC, in September 2015. Christians... Read more »
Iraqi ambassador criticises country's conversion law
Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in July 2014 in Washington,... Read more »
Philippines churches could cancel services over terrorism threat
Philippine soldiers and police erected a checkpoint in Manila in September, after the government declared a ‘state of lawlessness’... Read more »
'Castro's death won't end repression of Cuban Church'
The death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro will not reduce the harassment and surveillance to which the Church is already... Read more »

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Christian scholar William Barclay once said that New Testament Christians had three characteristics: “One, they were filled with an irrational love for their enemies; two, they were absurdly happy, and three, they were always in trouble.” What type of Christian is likely to get into trouble for their faith in the world today? Here is a list of the six top categories based on the data from the 2014 World Watch List!


If you are a House church Christian in North Korea. North Korea does not allow anyone to gather to worship any God other than Kim Il Sung and his family, and the apparatus of the state will stop at nothing to root out secret Christians.


If you are a Muslim Background Believer, particularly in Islamic states. Muslim states forbid conversion away from Islam, and often families will take violent action against their own kin even when local laws are more liberal.


If you are a Christian who evangelises in Muslim dominated areas. Even if you are living in a Christian majority country, there are areas that are predominantly Muslim, such as Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. Evangelists are not welcome in these areas with the good news, and often face violence as a consequence of speaking the Gospel.


If you are a Hindu Background Believer in the more lawless states or Hindurun states of India. Evangelists can be very badly beaten for their witness, and often run the gauntlet as at least seven states in India have anti-conversion laws, and Hindu mobs are well organised in many more.


If you are a Christian from a historic tradition in the Middle Eastern states affected by the Arab Spring. The headlines often get dominated by the plight of Muslim Background Believers, but even in the Middle East – ironically the cradle of Christianity – Christian background believers (belonging to mainly Orthodox and Catholic churches) are under great pressure. Sizable and ancient communities of faith exist in Egypt, Iraq and Syria – all of which are in the top 25 of the WWL. In Syria tens of thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes simply for the fact of being Christian.


If you are a believer who has left the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Historically many Christians have been persecuted by other Christians, and an on-going example of this is in Ethiopia, #15 on the WWL. This country boasts an ancient Orthodox church, but there is much about this church that is lifeless and dead, and some Christians have left it to find a more vibrant Christian life, often in more independent, Pentecostal churches. This has aroused the ire of the Orthodox Church leaders, who do all they can to pressure the church leavers to return.



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