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EU puts 'genocide' tag on Islamic State
The European Parliament has declared the violent campaign by the so-called Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities to be... Read more »
Christian and Muslim leaders call for peace in Cameroon
A multi-faith gathering in Mora to discuss tolerance in the face of the threat from Boko Haram.World Watch MonitorChristian and Muslim leaders in northern... Read more »
The war on Christianity in the Congo
While the brutality of the so-called Islamic State has concentrated world attention on Iraq and Syria, lesser-noticed movements inspired by IS... Read more »
Fierce battles in southeast Turkey hedge in Christians
The 1,700-year-old Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church, Diyarbakir, Turkey has been damaged in fighting between government forces and Kurdish separatists.World... Read more »
Minorities fear backlash over Sri Lanka's proposed new constitution
The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Over 70 per cent of Sri Lankans are Buddhists.Malcolm Browne / Flickr / CCSri Lanka’s minority... Read more »
In India, one case of anti-Christian violence every day
Rahul Nayak, 25, the eldest son of Dhubaleswar and Bhubudi Nayak, a Christian couple shot dead in Odisha in July 2015.World Watch MonitorAttacks on Christians... Read more »
Niger: a year after 70 churches destroyed in anti-'Charlie' riots
Demolishing Boukoki's
 EERN church, damaged in the anti-Charlie' riots in 2015, ahead of its rebuildingWorld Watch... Read more »
Burkina Faso dead include 7 mission workers
Mike Riddering, 45, from Florida had been working as a missionary in Burkina Faso since 2011.Mike Riddering / FacebookSix of the 29 people killed by... Read more »
Three attacks on Pakistani Christians mark New Year
The Apostolic Church in Baath was attacked on 7 Jan.British Pakistani Christian AssociationFor Christians in Pakistan, the New Year has begun with attacks on... Read more »
Another Egyptian Christian conscript dies in 'mysterious' circumstances
Bishoy Kamel was three months away from finishing his service as a police forces' conscript when he 'mysteriously died'.World Watch MonitorBishoy... 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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