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Iranian pastor released from prison but others arrested same day remain
Farshid... Read more »
Sporadic violence builds tension in CAR, many Christians victims
A vehicle carrying Seleka is attacked by bystanders in Bangui, Feb 2015World Watch MonitorAn argument between a taxi driver and his customer has led to the... Read more »
72 Assyrian Christian families captured, 50 besieged by IS after Syria attack
2009 Easter service at St Mary's Church, Hassaka. Now only 200 Christian families remain in nearby villages.Photo: World Watch MonitorSources from... Read more »
Indian priest kidnapped in Afghanistan released after eight months
Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar, second from the left, is surrounded by friends soon after his release. To the far left is Rev. T.R. John and third from the left is... Read more »
After 'Charlie': latest incident of Pakistani Christians targeted by Muslim anger
Protests over their latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon depiction a weeping Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying, “I am Charlie”, led to violence in the... Read more »
Shooting of witness threatens trial of Coptic Christians' murderers
Taken during 
the funeral of 
Shahid Nasemis 
SaroufimWorld... Read more »
India's Modi breaks silence on protecting minorities, but urged to 'walk the talk'
Indian Prime Minister Modi shakes hand wtih Cardinal Alencherry while holding a memento of twin saintsWorld Watch Monitor Critics of Indian Prime Minister... Read more »
Fears growing for two South Sudan pastors held by Sudan intelligence
Pastor at a training seminar held in 2012, KhartoumPhoto: World Watch MonitorFears are growing for the welfare of two South Sudanese church leaders who are... Read more »
Egypt seeks international help against IS after 21 Christians beheaded
Demonstrators in Egypt hold up banner showing the faces of nine of the murdered CoptsPhoto: World Watch MonitorEgypt began seven days of national mourning... Read more »
Kachin rebels snub Myanmar ceasefire deal after women's murders
Kachin people fleeing the violence in their villages, Dec 2011Photo: WWMWhat most people know about Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is that Aung... 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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