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9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013



Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe:

1. Christian churches around the world have set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

2. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ.

3. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed.

4. In Syria, Christians are increasingly becoming the target of violent attacks. Catholic and Orthodox groups in Syria say the anti-government rebels have committed “awful acts” against Christians, including beheadings, rapes and murders of pregnant women. A special ‘Vulnerability Assessment of Syria’s Christians’ conducted by the World Watch unit of Open Doors International from June 2013 warned that Syrian Christians are the victims of “disproportionate violence and abuse.” They warned further that Christian women in Syria are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse.

5. In August 2013, Egypt faced what has been called the the worst anti-Christian violence in seven centuries: 38 churches were destroyed, 23 vandalized; 58 homes were burned and looted and 85 shops, 16 pharmacies and 3 hotels were demolished; 6 Christians were killed in the violence and 7 were kidnapped.

6. The bloodiest attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history occurred in September 2013. Two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in the old city of Peshawar. Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed. The attack left 120 people wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition.

7. During an attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi in September, Islamic terrorists asked people for the name of Muhammad’s mother or to recite a verse from the Quran in order to identify non-Muslims. One of the terrorists announced, “We have come to kill you Christians and Kenyans because you have been killing our women and children in Somalia. Any Muslims can go.”

8. Four Christians in Iran will get 80 lashes each this month for drinking wine during a communion service. Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that it is common practice for Christians to be punished for violating theocratic laws. In the UN report Shaheed wrote: ‘At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013. In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.’

9. An average of 100 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Note: There are several sources that claim the numbers are as high as 100,000+ a year)

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  1. He who turns a blind eye to the suffering plight of these above-mentioned Christians shall themselves soon be the victims of the very same forces.(Abraham Lincoln)
    Unless many thousands of Christians in the West, show a lot more concern, and pray desperately for their brothers and sisters, who are being very seriously persecuted in Syria, Egypt, Libya, North Korea, as well as many other third world countries, they could face the same cruel forces in the future!
    “All that is necessary for EVIL to triumph, is for good men to do NOTHING!”
    Many complain of persecution in the USA. However this is a far cry, from that experienced by the very precious Christians in the Middle East in particular. We should weep with them and pray for their continued protection. What if it was our family? Our wives, our children being cruelly hurt or even killed?
    Unfortunately the godless cut-throat fanatics, are taking over places like the Middle-East, because not enough people are seriously praying against them! The old adage is still true, “When we pray, things will change and things will happen!” But, and the big but is, we must be desperate with God for the suffering of others and their needs!
    The other day I was motivating people to HELP THE VICTIMS in the Philippines, and I have only just begun!
    One elder woman whom I met told me she was shocked at the apathy, and lack of serious concern for those in need. In order to really be best in a position to help others, we must put ourselves in their shoes, and have empathy. We then have the motivation to try and do something about the situation.
    “Whoso stops his ears at the cry of the poor, shall himself also cry but shall not be heard!” Proverbs

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