Join others in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. The color is orange - the color of the "jumpsuits" worn by Christians before their executions by Islamic Fascists. The symbol is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene” that has been painted on doors of Christians in Mosul, Iraq, by Islamic Fascists to identify Christians' homes.

Persecution of Christians in Mexico

Persecuted Church (3)
  • Persecuted Church (4)Leader:President Enrique Pena Nieto
  • Government:Federal republic
  • Population:122.3 million (120 million Christians)
  • Main Religion:Christianity
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Organized corruption
Mexico Map

Mexico is home to three of the four World Watch List categories of Christianity: Historical Christian communities, communities of converts to Christianity (where converts may be from an indigenous or mafia background) and non-traditional Protestant Christian communities. All suffer persecution but there are differences between the persecution engines. Organized corruption and crime affects all Christians but particularly those who actively engage in social transformation and therefore constitute a threat to drug cartels and other criminal groups. The persecution engine Ethnic antagonism focuses mainly on the situation for those converting from indigenous traditional beliefs to non-traditional Protestant denominations, but members of the Catholic Renewal Movement have also been targeted. Secular intolerance affects all Christian communities. Denominational protectionism affects all non-traditional forms of Christianity.

RECENT NEWS FROM MEXICO

JUL 21, 2017 LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN MEXICO Found in Prayer Alerts

Christians in some areas of Mexico have many needs and one of them is for legal assistance. Mexico is home to three categories of Christianity: historical Christian communities, communities of converts to Christianity (where converts may be from an indigenous or mafia background) and non-traditional Protestant Christian communities. All suffer persecution but there are differences between […] + READ MORE

JUL 20, 2017 EXILED CHRISTIANS IN MEXICO—ALONE NO MORE Found in Stories

Prior to leaving the village, Lauro had been imprisoned four times in less than a year. + READ MORE

JUL 14, 2017 WHY MEXICO IS ON THE WATCH LIST FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS Found in Stories

Why Mexico has such high levels of persecution + READ MORE

JUN 29, 2017 “GOD WAS REMOVING MY PAIN WHILE I WAS IN PRISON” Found in Stories

These are words from Alonso, a pastor who was jailed for preaching the gospel in a small community in Oaxaca, Mexico+ READ MORE

APR 19, 2017 FROM MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKER TO COURAGEOUS PASTOR Found in Stories

Before “Chito” Aguilar found Jesus, he was involved in political subversion and drug cartels in Mexico. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR MEXICO

  • Pray for believers in Mexico, as the levels of violence against them are extreme.
  • Pray for believers whose families hinder them from practicing faith outside of Catholicism.
  • Pray for the hearts of drug cartel members who kidnap, kill and terrorize Christians.

Persecution of Christians in Djibouti

Persecuted Church (2)
  • Leader:President Ismail Omar Guelleh Persecuted Church (4)
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:828,324 (49,700 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia

Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded by volatile countries with repressive governments like Eritrea, Somalia and Yemen. The country has a very favorable geographical location along one of the busiest shipping routes. The country is run by the authoritarian regime of President Ismail Omer Guelleh who has been in power since 1999. Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Djibouti’s society. Christianity has existed in Djibouti for many centuries, partly because of its ties with Ethiopia. But most Djiboutians are conservative Sunni- Muslims and have strong family ties in Somalia and Yemen. The Djiboutian government supports Western efforts to fight Islamic militancy. Constitutionally, Islam is the state religion

RECENT NEWS FROM DJIBOUTI

JUL 21, 2016 DJIBOUTI: A HOTSPOT FOR RADICALIZATION Found in Prayer Alerts

President Guelleh responded to anti-government civil unrest with a mixture of superficial liberal moves and repressive actions of a rather autocratic nature. The position of the church is vulnerable. Due to the interest of the international community in a strong security partner and a stable Djibouti, it is likely… + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR DJIBOUTI

  • Pray for Christians who feel constricted by Djibouti’s communal, Islamic culture.
  • Pray for Christians, as Islamic oppressiondictatorial paranoiaand ethnic antagonism will remain the main challenges for them.
  • Pray for Christians to forgive their persecutors when refused jobs and community resources.

Persecution of Christians in China

Persecuted Church (3)
 
  • Leader:President Xi Jinping
  • Government:Socialism
  • Population:1.37 billion (85 million Christians)
  • Main Religion:Atheism
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Communist oppression
China Map
 

A considerable part of persecution targets the small convert minorities among the Tibetans and the Muslim Uighurs, but Christians among the main Han majority face increasing restrictions too. The campaign of breaking down crosses in the Zhejiang province has ended, but church meetings continued to be disrupted in several provinces. The new NGO law and the new draft regulations on religion are signs for tightening control on Christians in particular. As Christians are the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party, there are increasing efforts to bring them under state control. Historical Christian communities (including government-controlled churches) and non-traditional Protestant Christian communities are monitored and limited in their freedom of religion, the communities of converts to Christianity – very small groups of Christian converts from Muslim or Tibetan background – are particularly targeted.

RECENT NEWS FROM CHINA

NOV 20, 2017 3 TROUBLING DEVELOPMENTS FACING CHRISTIANS IN CHINA Found in Stories

Numerous recent developments suggest things are not as good for Christians in China as they might publicly seem. What will these trends mean for Christians in China? + READ MORE

SEP 15, 2017 A BURNING NEED FOR THE WORD OF GOD IN CHINA Found in Stories

“We need as many Bibles in our own languages as possible.” + READ MORE

JUL 20, 2017 4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ESCALATING INDIA/CHINA CONFLICT Found in Stories

4 things you need to know about the escalating India/China conflict + READ MORE

JUL 6, 2017 JESUS APPEARS TO A SHAMAN ON THE BRINK OF DEATH IN CHINA Found in Stories

Nobody lives outside of the reach of Jesus. Nobody. + READ MORE

MAR 17, 2017 PERSECUTED BELIEVERS STILL SUFFER IN CHINA BUT FIND JOY IN HARDSHIP Found in Stories

While restrictions on Bibles may not be as strict as they were thirty or forty years ago, Christians here still face high persecution in China. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR CHINA

  • Pray for Christians, who like other civilians have seen a reduction in freedom in all sectors of society, but face even more persecution for their faith.
  • Pray for Christians to reach out to atheists and Confucianists who have not heard the gospel.
  • Pray for Christ to reveal himself to government officials who seek to control the church.

Persecution of Christians in Kuwait

Persecuted Church (1)
 
  • Leader:Emir Sheikh Al-Sabah Persecuted Church (4)
  • Government:Constitutional Emirate
  • Population:3.4 million (420,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism/ Dictatorial paranoia
Kuwait Map
 

More than half of the population is made up of immigrants, a significant number of whom are Christians. Kuwaiti society is conservative and Islam (sharia law) prescribes a wide range of rules for personal, family and community life. The constitutional provision regarding religious freedom is full of contradictions: On the one hand, it provides for religious freedom, but also states that the practice of freedom of religion should not violate established customs, public policy or public morals. The government has been using the traditional conservative tribal society of the country to eliminate the liberal and leftist groups, and has so far been very successful. In the process, other religious minorities were also seriously affected. Kuwait has accepted some of the major United Nations conventions on human rights, like the 1996 Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Islamic State has been trying to establish its network in the country.

RECENT NEWS FROM KUWAIT

OCT 22,2016 WILL ISIS INFILTRATE KUWAIT NEXT? Found in Stories

Jamal has seen an increasing Islamic fundamentalist influence on his country in the last few years especially, much in part to the rise of the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq and Syria. + READ MORE

OCT 7, 2016 UPCOMING ELECTIONS IN MOROCCO BRING HOPE FOR BELIEVERS Found in Stories

Friday, October 7th, Moroccans will take to the polls. This is an important time, as it can change the way the Christian church in Morocco is viewed and treated. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR KUWAIT

  • Pray for the expatriate/migrant Christian communities who continue to struggle to obtain registration permits.
  • Pray that believers would be emboldened to share their faith wisely with those around them.
  • Pray for Muslim family members of Christians to see the love of Christ exemplified.

Persecution of Christians in Turkey

Persecuted Church (1)
 
 
  • Leader:President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • Government:Parliamentary republic
  • Population:80,418,000 (187,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism/Religious nationalism
Turkey Map
 

Turkey’s rank on the World Watch List rose sharply this year, from #45 to #37. There are three notable trends in Turkey at the moment: the presence of radical Islam, the ethnic conflict and the changing political scene. Each of these trends are linked to each other, and all of them will affect Christians in Turkey. Persecution in Turkey is shaped by Islamic extremism, and is increasingly marked by violence. Pressure on believers from Muslim backgrounds is especially acute due to the Islamic social environment. Increasing pressure on Christians is fueled by Turkish nationalism and a regime that aims to Islamize the country. Suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Airport in July 2016, which has been an area of historically strong Christian strongholds, which is just one example of how persecution is significantly increasing in Turkey.

Open Doors is raising prayer for believers in difficult situations and prayer in general for Turkey.

RECENT NEWS FROM TURKEY

SEP 3, 2017 TURKEY RESCINDS ORDER TO CLOSE ONLY CHURCH IN BURSA Found in Prayer Alerts

The Directorate General of Foundations for the local government of the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa gave a verbal order on February 18 for the city’s only church building, which is home to four congregations, to be vacated in five days. + READ MORE

JUL 8, 2016 THE NEW FRONTIER OF ISIS: THE FORMER SOVIET UNION Found in Stories

The suicide bombers that recently executed the attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey show that ISIS is beginning to recruit in areas that have historically been strongholds of Christian persecution… + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR TURKEY

  • Pray for those who are labeled and treated as traitors after embracing the Christian faith.
  • Pray for God to enable those whose lives are threatened to place all hope and trust in Him.
  • Pray for converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) to minister graciously to their families.

Persecution of Christians in Algeria

Persecuted Church (2)
ABOUT ALGERIA 

  • Leader:President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:41,064,000 (37,700 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism
Algeria Map
 

Over the years, Algeria remains constant on the World Watch List. In the context of the growing role of Islamism in the region, Algeria is increasingly the scene of Islamist terror movements, particularly al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Almost all Christians in Algeria are from a Muslim background. The law prohibits public assembly for purposes of practicing a faith other than Islam. Catholic churches, however, including a cathedral in Algiers (the seat of the Archbishop), conduct services without government interference, as does one Protestant church. In September of 2016, a believer was charged with blasphemy against Islam and its prophet on social media, which has yet to be resolved.

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in Algeria through the following activities: Training, Literature distribution, Socio-economic development and Advocacy. Open Doors also raises prayer support for believers in Algeria.

RECENT NEWS FROM ALGERIA

AUG 28, 2017 ALGERIAN CHRISTIAN SENTENCED ON BLASPHEMY CHARGES Found in Prayer Alerts

A Facebook post leads to five years’ imprisonment for an Algerian believer convicted on blasphemy charges. + READ MORE

SEP 16, 2016 ALGERIAN CHRISTIAN APPEALS CHARGE OF BLASPHEMY Found in Prayer Alerts

Algerian Christian Slimane Bouhafs was sentenced to five years in jail, on charges that he committed blasphemy against Islam and its prophet on social media. + READ MORE

AUG 10, 2016 FACEBOOK POST LANDS ALGERIAN MAN IN PRISON Found in Stories

Slimani Bouhafs, an Algerian Christian, was arrested this past weekend. His imprisonment was due to a Facebook post that was considered “blasphemous”. The contents of the post are not known, however, Slimani will be serving five years in prison for this post. + READ MORE

MAR 18, 2016 CHRISTIAN LOSES CHILDREN AFTER FORCED DIVORCE Found in Stories

All countries in North Africa have a Muslim majority, and in many of the countries, Islam is the official religion. Frequently, we hear stories of Christians in North Africa being mistreated because of their religion. This recently happened to Farid* in Algeria. + READ MORE

FEB 18, 2016 ALGERIAN WOMAN GIVEN FIFTEEN DAYS TO RENOUNCE HER FAITH Found in Stories

“I will give you 15 days to decide to abandon your Christian faith. If you choose not to, you will no longer be considered my daughter and will no longer be part of the family.” The words of her father felt like the blow of a hammer to Nedjma* who had always… + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR ALGERIA

  • Pray for Christian converts who face domestic violence and house arrest for their faith.
  • Pray that as believers are  abused, their witness would remain.
  • Pray for Christian youth to share the gospel with their generation that is so desperate for change.

Persecution of Christians in Tajikistan

Persecuted Church (1)
 
 

Persecution and pressure on Christians has decreased slightly from last year. Persecution is strongest in the private, national and church spheres. This is typical for a situation in which dictatorial paranoia is the leading persecution engine. Pressure from Islamic extremism is present mostly in the private, family and community spheres and is exerted by the social environment, while dictatorial paranoia – pressure from the regime – is felt mostly in the private, national and church spheres. Open Doors is working in this region to provide safe-houses.

Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are imprisoned, excluded from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. Open Doors also strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through: Literature Distribution, Prayer support, Biblical Training, Children/Youth Training, Women Ministry, Advocacy and Awareness Training (SSTS), Presence Ministry and Vocational Training.

RECENT NEWS FROM TAJIKISTAN

SEP 25, 2017 BAHROM HOLMATOV’S APPEAL FAILS Found in Prayer Alerts

Tajik pastor Bahrom Holmatov was arrested and imprisoned for three years on false accusations of extremism. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but the lawyer filed an appeal. The appeal hearing was postponed, but now we have received word that it was denied, that the court sustained the original verdict and sentencing without […] + READ MORE

SEP 12 2017 SISTER SITORA IN TAJIKISTAN Found in Prayer Alerts

As Sister Sitora recovers from the brutal beating that followed her decision follow Jesus, she is under the home rule of her brother who is trying to force her return to Islam. + READ MORE

JUL 21, 2017 CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S CAMP SEARCHED IN TAJIKISTAN Found in Prayer Alerts

Christians in Tajikistan run various summer camps for the children. A week ago, police discovered an illegal Christian camp. In their search, they found out that one of the Tajik girls had a Children’s Bible with pictures.  Administrative proceedings were instituted and the workers of the camp could be fined $500 – $700. Pray for the […] + READ MORE

JUL 14, 2017 PASTOR IMPRISONED IN TAJIKISTAN REPRESENTS LARGER ISSUE Found in Stories

*representative image used It was nine months ago that Holmatov Bahrom – a pastor at a Christian church in Hujand City, Tajikistan –  was brought in by the KGB for questioning. The officials said they just wanted to ask some questions about Bahrom’s religious activities. He has been imprisoned ever since. Bahrom was charged with […] + READ MORE

JUL 14, 2017 PASTOR SENTENCED IN TAJIKISTAN Found in Prayer Alerts

Dear brothers and sisters, please pray for pastor of the Christian church in Tajikistan, in Hujand city, Holmatov Bahrom. On 10.04.2017 Brother Holmatov Bahrom was summoned to the KGB for questioning on April 10 where he was arrested and locked in a prison cell. The court hearing began July 3, charging Bahrom with extremism according […] + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR TAJIKISTAN

  • Pray for Christians who renounce their faith under pressure from their families.
  • Pray for wisdom for believers who know they are under surveillance by authorities.
  • Pray that believers would have opportunities to minister to Muslim neighbors.

Persecution of Christians in the Central African Republic

  • Leader:Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza
  • Government:Transitional government
  • Population:5,099,000 (3,772,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Christianity (mainly Roman Catholic)
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

CAR dropped a bit on the World Watch List this year, from #26 to #34, yet violence has only decreased slightly. The recent conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) has claimed thousands of lives, displaced hundreds of thousands of others and caused severe destruction of property. Although the Séléka have now been driven out of many parts in the country, numerous challenges remain. In the northeast, Christians are forced to flee from their villages and are denied access to farming fields. Large groups of Christians live in extremely poor conditions in refugee camps. While there is a significant Christian population, Fulani herdsman and Muslim extremists create significant persecution to believers. We reported to you of the killing of 26 by Seleka rebels in September 2016, and 4 dead after a UN protest in October 2016; believers in this nation are continuing to feel the ‘squeeze and smash’ of persecution.

From 2013 our programs were dominated by support to the Church in crisis following the March 2013 coup by the Islam dominated Seleka. We have been working to not only highlight the plight of the Church in the country, but also assisting the Church to provide emotional and physical relief to Christians targeted in violence.

RECENT NEWS FROM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

SEP 11, 2017 “TODAY, WE ARE SET FREE!” Found in Prayer Alerts

Countless people have been traumatized by the violence engulfing the Central African Republic (CAR). Christians faced brutal victimization through murder, rape, looting, arbitrary arrest and torture… + READ MORE

AUG 21, 2017 PASTOR KILLED IN RENEWED VIOLENCE IN CAR Found in Prayer Alerts

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is deteriorating. A local evangelical pastor, who remains anonymous for security reasons, explained that the recent violence was started on Aug. 4 when (mainly Christian) anti-Balaka militiamen attacked the Séléka (mostly Muslim rebels) in Gambo. The anti-Balaka militiamen were trying to drive the Séléka rebels away from the […] + READ MORE

JUN 28, 2017 CHRISTIANS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC DESPERATELY NEED YOUR PRAYERS Found in Stories

“God’s Word does not teach us to pray that God kills our enemies but that He will change their hearts.” + READ MORE

MAR 29, 2017 THE WORLD WATCH RESEARCH PERSECUTION UPDATE Found in Stories

Recent news and its significance for the persecuted church. + READ MORE

FEB 17, 2017 VIOLENCE IN CAR LEAVES PASTOR DEAD Found in Prayer Alerts

Violence in Bangui, capital of Central Africa Republic, has left a pastor dead and his church razed, as outbreaks of fighting between Muslim factions have caused thousands of Christians to flee their homes. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  • Pray for Christian converts who give up all worldly possessions and rights to know Jesus.
  • Pray for opportunities to witness to Fulani herdsman and Muslim terrorists.
  • Pray for Christians to know God’s faithfulness and peace in the midst of earthly chaos.

Persecution of Christians in Tanzania

Persecuted Church (2)
 
 
  • Leader:President John Magufuli
  • Government:Democratic republic
  • Population:56,878,000 (31,739,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Christianity/Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism
Tanzania Map
 

Understanding the situation for Christians in Tanzania requires an insight into various sociological, historical and political events in the country. The Island of Zanzibar has had a very long connection with Islam and other Muslim countries, and it was ruled by a sultanate until the British occupation from 1890 to 1963. Tanzania then became a socialist country from 1961 to 1987. The militant movements in Somalia and Kenya are presently having a serious impact on the country. For example, Tanzanian security forces arrested 10 suspected al-Shabaab militants and discovered bomb-making materials during the raid of a mosque. It should also be noted that the population of the Zanzibar Archipelago is mainly Muslim, and many in the region think they are being purposely and systematically deprived of development opportunities by Tanzania’s central government. The inclusion of the Sharia court provision in the constitution would only worsen the situation, the debate over which has already divided the nation. Amongst the significant persecution, Tanzania was struck by a significant earthquake in September 2016, so believers here have had to deal with physical loss on top of persecution.

Open Doors has been involved in the Church in Tanzania through partnerships with the local Church intermittently since the mid-1990s, but most of our involvement was focused on the Church on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar. More recently, our assistance has included specific areas of the mainland. Much of our work is focused on providing literature and on developing church leaders through leadership development and Bible training, though it also included livelihood support.

RECENT NEWS FROM TANZANIA

SEP 6, 2017 ATTACKS ROCK TANZANIAN UNIVERSITY Found in Prayer Alerts

Students in the residence hall at a Lutheran-run university in Tanzania narrowly escaped as assailants argued over how to kill them. + READ MORE

MAR 7, 2017 “I RECEIVED YOUR LETTERS AND CARDS WITH MUCH JOY AND LOVE” Found in Stories

“With a heart full of love, I thank each one of you who wrote to me.” + READ MORE

SEP 15, 2016 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS BUKOBA, TANZANIA Found in Prayer Alerts

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Bukoba region of Tanzania on Sunday, Sept 11, close to the border with Rwanda and Uganda, not far from Lake Victoria+ READ MORE

SEP 14,2016 5.7 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES TANZANIA Found in Stories

Sunday, September 11, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Bukoa region of Tanzania. At least 14 people were killed, and more than 200 people were injured. + READ MORE

SEP 14,2016 5.7 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES TANZANIA Found in Stories

Sunday, September 11, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Bukoa region of Tanzania. At least 14 people were killed, and more than 200 people were injured. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR TANZANIA

  • Pray for Christians in areas dominated by radical Islam who cannot own Bibles.
  • Pray that God would grant His children grace to undergo resentment and prejudice honorably.
  • Pray for members of the Islamist separatist group Uamsho who orchestrate church attacks.

Persecution of Christians in Mali

Persecuted Church (1)
 
  • Leader:President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:18,690,000 (448,600 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:High
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism
Mali Map
 

Mali took a swift and unfortunate rise on the World Watch List this year, going from #44 to #32. This is directly linked with Islamic radicalism and violence. Since the Islamist takeover of northern Mali in mid-2012 and the subsequent French-led effort to restore Malian authority to the entire country in early 2013, civil liberties and political rights have yet to return to pre-2012 levels in both the north and south of the country. With a recent peace deal, the question is whether the peace deal will work, considering earlier peace deals have all failed. Mali gained international attention in August 2015 when Islamist gunmen sieged a hotel in the central town of Sevare and killed 13 people, highlighting the rise of radical Islam in the country.

In partnership with the local Church, OD is serving the vulnerable Church in Mali by providing Bibles, giving training to help pastors and believers in the various aspects of Christian life and ministry and by supporting persecuted Christians socio-economically.

RECENT NEWS FROM MALI

AUG 25, 2017 CHRISTIANS LIVING AMID JIHADIST ACTIVITY IN MALI Found in Prayer Alerts

August 14, eight people were killed in Mali during two separate attacks, seven at the UN mission in the ancient city of Timbuktu and one in Douenza, 130 miles to the south. Militants who shot and killed 18 people at a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital the same day most likely came from Mali, a […] + READ MORE

FEB 27, 2017 COLOMBIAN NURSE KIDNAPPED IN MALI Found in Prayer Alerts

Gloria Argoti Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, 56, a nurse and Franciscan nun, was kidnapped by self-proclaimed jihadists in southern Mali. + READ MORE

NOV 11, 2016 KIDNAPPED MISSIONARY RETURNS TO MALI Found in Stories

Beatrice Stockly was taken from her residence before dawn on January 8, 2015 by armed men who arrived in four pickup trucks, according to sources whose names are being kept confidential for their safety. + READ MORE

FEB 20, 2016 AL-QAEDA TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ABDUCTION OF SWISS MISSIONARY Found in Prayer Alerts

Last month, we reported on the kidnapping of Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, who was abducted in Mali. In a recent eight-minute video showing Stockly dressed in a black hijab, a masked speaker with a British accent claims responsibility for the kidnapping on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR MALI

  • Pray for Christians who were displaced from their homes in northern Mali by Islamic militants.
  • Pray that opposition towards Christians would not deter them from loving their neighbors.
  • Pray that believers would be able to witness to their Malian neighbors through the crisis.