The persecution facing Christians is the largest human rights violation issue in today’s world. According to a Pew Forum study, Christians are being persecuted in 131 of the world’s 193 countries.
The Germany-based International Society for Human Rights, a secular organization, estimates that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world are directed against Christians.
Some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year, according to both the Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need and the evangelical group Open Doors.
200 million Christians live in communities where Christians are persecuted according to the World Evangelical Alliance. Many of the sovereign States committing these atrocities are ostensible allies of the West such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, and Kuwait.
There are 400,000 Christians in North Korea. 25% of them are in labor camps.
This Sunday November 11 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. If you are a person of faith, who prays, consider this your invitation to join with over half a million churches in 150 countries praying for the suffering church around the world.