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Christianity once considered a 'disease', but now 'tolerated' in Cuba
The ruins of 
a church in the town of Trinidad, in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus.Cristian Viarisio /... Read more »
The potential impact of US elections on the Church in Cuba
It’s been a year since the US embassy in Havana was opened, followed by the historic visit by President Barack Obama. Since then,... Read more »
Why the Cuban Church is still under pressure
Cuba is one of the few remaining communist governments in the world. Ten years ago, the country’s ageing leader, Fidel Castro, was... Read more »
Nigerian Middle Belt state: 800+ Christians killed, 800+ injured, 100+ churches destroyed
The vandalised Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ, Lafia, Nasarawa State.NCSANNigeria’sMiddle Belt is the scene of ever-continuing attacks on... Read more »
Iraqi Christian girls, hiding under bed from IS, text priest: 'Please come for us'
Archbishop Boutros 
Moshi (left) and Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf (second from left) greet one of the students... Read more »
More Iraqi towns 'freed' but Nineveh Christians not confident about safe return
The heavily damaged and burnt Tahira (Immaculate) Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdeda.World Watch MonitorAs prayers were offered in Syriac in front of... Read more »
12 killed in attack 'by Al-Shabaab gunmen targeting Kenyan Christians'
Six people were killed during this Al-Shabaab attack on the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in July. Twelve people have been... Read more »
UPDATE: Chibok girls happy to 'be back' but talk of captivity
The released 21 Chibok girls met President Buhari - seen here with Vice President Osinbajo - at his villa in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, 19 Oct.The Office of... Read more »
Germany refugee centre an 'example for others' dealing with interfaith conflict
A message 
on the walls of the Rotenburg an der Fulda refugee centre, which translates: 'To all Muslims: Now is... Read more »
Iraqi Christians look homeward toward Mosul, uncertainly
Displaced Iraqi Christians take part in celebrations on 18 October in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, to mark the... 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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