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UPDATE: Charges dropped against men who stripped elderly Coptic woman in public
Souad Thabet and Bishop Makarius of the Coptic Church have both stood for justice and reconcilliation.Courtesy of Wataninet, Diocese of MinyaUPDATE (17 Jan... Read more »
Expelled Mexican Christians forced to live in wine cellar
Following their 
eviction on 26 January 2016, the seven families have been surviving in various temporary shelters provided... Read more »
Iranian and Afghan Christian converts face deportation from Germany after 'clueless' questioning
An Iranian convert to Christianity attends a course in Berlin preparing him for baptism. Germany’s Ministry for Immigration and... Read more »
Sri Lankan church lives on, despite destroyed building and death threats from Buddhist monk
The Kithu Sevana prayer centre was destroyed by a mob on 5 January, 2017.World Watch MonitorThe leader of a Sri Lankan church destroyed by a mob earlier this... Read more »
UN report highlights Islamists' role in DRC violence
An Islamic centre near Bukavu, in eastern DRC.Aid to the Church in Need
Over the Christmas weekend, more than 40 people were... Read more »
A year in prison for Algerian Christian for Facebook post
World Watch MonitorAn Algerian Christian has been sentenced to a year in prison for a post he made on Facebook. On 8 January, the court in Bouira (100... Read more »
Religious persecution 'central' to refugee crisis
Religious persecution is playing a “central role” in the global displacement crisis, the charity Open Doors UK and Ireland has said. ... Read more »
Police rapes, acquittals and false accusations highlight Christians' vulnerability in India
The acquittal of two suspects in the gang rape of a Catholic nun, and a series of rapes by security forces in remote areas of the central Indian state of... Read more »
Egypt couple's murder marks second attack on Christians during Copt Christmas
The bodies of Gamal Sami and his wife, Nadia, were found on
6 January.Magdy Amin GirgisTwo Egyptian Coptic Christians found... Read more »
UPDATE: 1 year on, new video of kidnapped Swiss missionary in Mali
Beatrice Stockly, left, in Timbuktu in 2000. She was first kidnapped in 2012.World Watch MonitorUPDATE (11 Jan. 2017): A video released by Al-Qaeda... Read more »

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THE SIX TYPES OF CHRISTIANS MOST LIKELY TO BE PERSECUTED TODAY

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!

One

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.

Two

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.

Three

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.

Four

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.

Five

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.

Six

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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