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Collateral damage? 63 churches hit in Syrian civil war
The Syrian Network for Human Rights says 63 churches have been damaged or destroyed so far in four years of civil war.AINASixty-three churches have been... Read more »
UPDATE: Trial of S. Sudan pastors begins, then is delayed
Pastor Michael was arrested after speaking at the remains of Bahri Evangelical ChurchPhoto: WWM UPDATE May 19 After the May 19 start of the... Read more »
In Myanmar, Christian rebels are in double trouble
In March the Myanmar government and 16 rebel groups signed a draft ceasefire agreement, ahead of national elections scheduled for November this year. The pact,... Read more »
Nervous wait for Ethiopians after baptism arrests
An Orthodox church cut out of the rock in the town of Lalibela. North Ethiopia was one of the first Christian nations in the world - from the 4th... Read more »
Libya: 'a country where Christians shouldn't come'
Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been engulfed by conflicts between various coalitions of armed groups.Photo courtesy Open Doors... Read more »
Good news in Nigeria, but not for Chibok girls, yet
Some of the hundreds of people, mostly women and children, rescued from Boko Haram camps in Nigeria's Sambisa Forest, in early May 2015.Photo courtesy Open... Read more »
Vietnam's Religion Law
The Ba Dinh
 meeting hall of the Vietnam National AssemblyWikimedia Commons The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is drafting... Read more »
'We are going through a terrible moment'
Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana
 leads prayers for the Hassaka, Syria Christians at a mass in the Assyrian Church of the East... Read more »
CAR warring factions devote a week to peace
Delegates to a national reconciliation
 forum in Bangui, Central African Republic, stand for the official portrait. At front... Read more »
Christian journalists threatened in Pakistan
Protesters in Karachi on 30 April hold images of the murdered rights campaigner Sabeen Mahmud, and demand that Pakistan is 'unsilenced'. RIZWAN... 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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