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 Eritrea

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  • Leader:President Isaias Afwerki
  • Government:One-party state
  • Population:5,482,000 (2,741,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam, Christianity
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Dictatorial Paranoia, Islamic Oppression, Denominational Protectionism
Eritrea Map
 

The Eritrean regime is authoritarian and intolerant towards any form of association, dissent and free expression. The government’s attempt to control all religious institutions was particularly evident in the deposing and replacing of the Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church (EOC) in 2007, and he has remained under house arrest ever since. The EOC itself persecutes those who leave the EOC and become Evangelical or Pentecostal believers. The dire situation overall in Eritrea is contributing to the global refugee crisis. Thousands, including Christians, continue to flee the country. The government’s treatment of Christian prisoners, thousands of whom have been arrested and imprisoned, has received a great deal of international attention. Many have been locked in shipping containers and died as a result.

To aid persecuted Christians in Eritrea, Open Doors works through local partners to provide them with livelihood assistance, practical aid, discipleship support and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM ERITREA

APR 1, 2017 

3 YEARS IN AN ERITREAN PRISON Found in Prayer Alerts

Over the years we have often asked supporters to pray that the Lord would give Christians imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea hope in the midst of their suffering and enable them to share the gospel with their persecutors. The story of Aberash is an example of how the Lord answers our prayers for His own glory. + READ MORE

MAR 30, 2017

HE WANTED DEATH. INSTEAD, RESURRECTION Found in Stories

“Why am I in here?” He demanded an answer as he prayed in his prison cell. “I was doing good things for you! Why did you let this happen to me?” After two years of persecution, Aberash was angry with God. He was arrested for hosting church gatherings in his home and sent to an […] + READ MORE

APR 13, 2016

UNTIL WE FIND OUR WAY BACK Found in Stories

For years following Pastor Naigzhi’s arrest in 2004, his wife Awet* and their three children waited patiently for his release. But everything changed in 2013, when Awet received credible information that the government wanted to arrest her and the children. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR ERITREA

  • Pray for Christians imprisoned under horrific conditions to shine as lights to their captors.
  • Pray that President Afewerki would find true life and fulfillment in Christ.
  • Pray that believers in Eritrea would be able to fix their eyes fully on Christ as they undergo persecution for following Him.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More


Persecution of Christians in Yemen

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Leader:President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi

Government:Republic

Population:28,120,000 (a few thousand Christians)

Main Religion:Islam

Persecution Level:Extreme

Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression, Ethnic Antagonism

Yemen Map
 

For the most part, only converts to Christianity from Islam remain in Yemen, as communities of expatriate or migrant Christians (from the West, Africa and Asia) have left due to the devastating war in which civilians bear the brunt of the violence. But reports show that more Muslims are turning to Christ in Yemen than ever before. Sunni militant groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) are using the chaos of war to gain territory, often targeting Christian believers. The country has seen political turmoil and violence since 2012 when the former president was ousted. Meanwhile, Yemen is facing a dire humanitarian crisis. 80% of the population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and more than half of the population is food insecure, making Yemen’s hunger crisis one of the worst in the world — one in which believers are at the greatest risk due to their being ostracized from society.

RECENT NEWS FROM YEMEN

APR 4, 2017 IN WAR-TORN YEMEN, A SECRET BELIEVER FINDS NEW LIFE THROUGH FACEBOOK Found in Stories

Life for a believer from a Muslim background can be lonely in war-torn Yemen, especially for a single woman. + READ MORE

MAR 22, 2017 LONGING FOR JESUS’ RETURN Found in Prayer Alerts

A vicious civil war has been exhausting Yemen for two years now. While society is still dominated by strict Islamic rule, some Christian pastors baptize new believers regularly. Jamil, a former Yemeni Muslim but now a follower of Christ, shares a unique insight into the body of Christ in Yemen. + READ MORE

MAR 28,2016 PRAY FOR YEMEN:­ WORLD WATCH PRAYER ALERT Found in Prayer Alerts

Yemen is facing a dire humanitarian crisis. Eighty percent of the population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, and almost half of the population is food insecure, making Yemen’s hunger crisis one of the worst in the world. + READ MORE

MAR 10, 2016 GUNMEN KILL 4 NUNS AND 12 OTHERS IN YEMEN Found in Prayer Alerts

Four Catholic nuns from the late Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity were among 16 victims killed by six unidentified gunmen at a home for the elderly in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR YEMEN

  • Pray that the secret gatherings of believers from Muslim backgrounds would glorify God.
  • Pray that Christians would be able to somehow minister to fellow malnourished Yemenis.
  • Please pray for believers in Yemen who are facing intense fear because Islamic extremist groups threaten them.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to the President. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >


Bombs Kill Dozens Of Christians On Palm Sunday In Egypt, ISIS Claims Responsibility

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by Matt Vespa Article

Two churches were targeted by bombs in Egypt, where dozens were killed celebrating Palm Sunday (via CNN):

Bombs targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt as the Christian faithful observed Palm Sunday, one of the most important days on the religion's calendar.

A powerful blast rippled through a Palm Sunday service at a Coptic Christian church in the northern Egypian city of Tanta, killing 25 people and wounding 60 others, state TV reported. The explosive device at St. George's Coptic church in Tanta was planted under a seat in the church, where it detonated in the main prayer hall, it said.

At least 11 people were killed and 35 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to two state-news outlets. Egyptian state media also reports that the head of Egypt's Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II was inside the Church when the blast happened. He was not injured.

At the time, no one claimed responsibility, but The Washington Post recently reported that it was the work of ISIS:

The Islamic State claimed repsonsibility for both bombings through the Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamist militant group. Egypt’s Christian minority, who make roughly 10 percent of the population, have increasingly been targeted by Islamist extremists.

The first blast in Tanta, 80 miles north of the capital, Cairo, unfolded around 9.30 a.m., during a Palm Sunday service at St. George’s Church. The bomb, police said, was planted in the pews of the church.

Less than three hours later, a second blast erupted near Saint Mark’s Church in the northern city of Alexandria.


Persecution of Christians in Iran

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ABOUT IRAN

Iran Map
 

In Iran, Christianity is considered a Western influence and a threat to the Islamic identity of the Republic. Converts to Christianity from Islam make up the largest group of Christians and experience the most persecution. Other Protestant Christian communities who evangelize Muslims are the second most persecuted group. Communities of expatriate or migrant Christians from Asia and the West sometimes experience forced church closures, while historical Christian communities made up of Armenian and Assyrian Christians are protected by law but are treated as second-class citizens. Arrest and violence are commonplace for anyone engaged in Christian ministry or evangelism. Open Doors supports Christians in the Persian Speaking World with Bible and literature distribution, training, media projects, advocacy and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM IRAN

APR 5, 2017 AN ONLINE PASTOR IN IRAN LEADS A DRUG ADDICT—AND HIS MOTHER—TO JESUS Found in Stories

Pastor Kouroush is leading an online church in Iran where he ministers to the believers one-on-one. + READ MORE

MAR 6, 2017 PREPARING MY DAUGHTER FOR PERSECUTION IN IRAN Found in Stories

An Iranian mother shares how she had prepared her daughter for the day persecution arrived at their door. + READ MORE

NOV 9, 2016 GREAT NEWS: 3 CHRISTIANS RELEASED FROM PRISON IN IRAN Found in Stories

We are happy to report that the three Azerbaijani men arrested in Tehran last June have just been released on bail. They were able to return to Azerbaijan and were reunited with their families on Monday, November 6. + READ MORE

SEP 9, 2016 IRAN’S SECRET NUCLEAR AGREEMENT Found in Stories

It is reported that negotiations are happening to allow Iran exemptions on the nuclear agreement. While there are speculations that these agreements are happening in secret, there is much left undetermined. + READ MORE

MAR 14,2016 FINDING TRUST IN IRAN Found in Prayer Alerts

“Even my Savior wasn’t favored above a criminal, by those who didn’t know Him.” + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR IRAN

  • Pray for Christians in Iran who daily suffer persecution from their own families and communities because of their faith. 
  • Pray for Christians in Iran’s prisons to have genuine love for their guards and fellow inmates.
  • Pray that persecuted Christians would share the hope of Christ with other persecuted minorities.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >


Persecution of Christians in Iraq

ABOUT IRAQ

Leader:Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Government:Parliamentary Democracy

Population:38,654,000 (230,000 Christians)

Main Religion:Islam

Persecution Level:Extreme

Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression 

Iraq Map

Christians have lived in Iraq for two millennia but are currently on the verge of extinction. Many have fled areas controlled by IS and other Islamic extremists. The overall persecution situation in Iraq is characterized by impunity, the threat of attacks and second class treatment by the authorities. Historical Christian communities and Protestant Christian communities are seriously affected by persecution, especially from radical Islamic movements, authorities and non-Christian leaders. Communities of converts to Christianity from Islam suffer severely from persecution, especially at the hands of family, but also from the above mentioned persecutors if their faith is known.

To help Christians suffering from persecution, Open Doors works with local partners to provide the training, Bibles, microloans, building materials, crisis relief and other support they need to remain as lights in their war-torn nation.

RECENT NEWS FROM IRAQ

MAR 1, 2017 RICHER THAN EVER BEFORE Found in Prayer Alerts

Iraqi Christian Dr. Rabia was rich. Very rich. Before IS conquered his village he owned three houses, many possessions and a lot of cattle. In a few hours he lost it all. Financially he is poorer than ever before, but spiritually he feels richer. “Because of IS, I have found Christ,” he admits openly. His mission: to share this newfound inspiration with whoever he meets and to help other Christians to stay in Iraq. And he is not alone; the ‘Jesus Lovers’ are there to help. + READ MORE

FEB 24, 2017 GOD IS DOING A MIGHTY WORK HERE! Found in Stories

The sky is always gray. Amir and his neighbors haven’t seen blue sky or the sun clearly for as long as they can remember — a constant reminder of the darkness their region has faced for many years now. War has destroyed their city. All of the buildings around them are mere shells of what […] + READ MORE

FEB 22, 2017 IRAQ: FIRST CHRISTIAN FAMILIES RETURN TO LIBERATED VILLAGES Found in Stories

A clear sign of hope in desperate times, a ray of light in the darkness many displaced Christians in Iraq still live in—the first Christian families are returning to their recently liberated villages on the Nineveh Plain. We visited some of these pioneers in the village of Telskuf. Without electricity and water but happier than […] + READ MORE

FEB 6, 2017 HOPE FOR IRAQ Found in Prayer Alerts

Believers in Iraq are thanking God that the “dark cloud” covering the Christian villages in the Nineveh plains has been lifted since the Iraqi government regained control of the area. Many families are willing to return to resettle the recently liberated villages in the Nineveh Plains close to Mosul, but, explains Father Jacoub, priest of […] + READ MORE

NOV 8, 2016 STAND WITH IRAQI CHRISTIANS Found in Stories

As I write, church bells throughout the plains of Nineveh are heralding the chimes of liberation. After more than 2 years of mass murder, freedom tolls – announcing the retreat of ISIS and other terror organizations within the region. And while there’s great joy, it’s mixed with great sorrow . . . + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR IRAQ

  • Pray that God would use the remaining Christians to bring many Iraqis to Christ.
  • Pray for the Christians who have been displaced internally and in neighboring countries.
  • Pray for Iraqi believers who are attempting to rebuild their lives after being forced from their homes by ISIS. 

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >


SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Case that Could Bankrupt Religious Hospitals

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Advocate Health Care v. Stapleton Monday, a debate over church pension plans that could threaten the continued existence of religiously affiliated hospitals.

The case asks whether church-affiliated hospitals should continue to have a church exemption from federal pension protections, however, as The Atlantic noted in December, the court’s decision could bankrupt these organizations if it rules against them.

Religiously affiliated hospitals have been facing a wave of lawsuits since 2013 over their exemption from the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This consolidated case features two hospitals affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and a hospital jointly affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Church of Christ.

ERISA’s protections for pension plans include a safeguard through the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) which covers the employee if a pension is underfunded or defaults, but compliance with ERISA can be costly, particularly for a church run organization.

These church-affiliated hospitals currently receive a church exemption which Congress provided to churches because of concerns over the high costs of ERISA compliance and to prevent government intrusion into church finances.

Employees began suing in 2013, claiming their pensions were severely underfunded due to the exemption and arguing that the hospital pension plans should not receive the church exemption since the hospitals are not churches.

The exemption has been applied to church-affiliated organizations since 1983 by the IRS, DOL, and PBGC, as the hospitals noted in their petition to the Supreme Court.

The hospitals emphasize in their petition to the Court that a ruling against them “will have a devastating financial effect on religious employers and plan participants.” They claim that church-affiliated employers would be forced to abandon their “defined benefit plans due to the unsustainable costs of ERISA” as a “statistical inevitability.”

They also point out that “Congress expanded the church plan exemption in 1980 precisely because ‘churches fear that many of the agencies would abandon their plans’ given the ‘costs of complying with ERISA.’”

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Thomas More Society, and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have all filed friend of the court briefs on behalf of the hospitals in this case.

The Becket Fund emphasized in their brief that church-affiliated organizations are an extension of the church’s religious ministry, warning that removing the exemption would “entangle courts and agencies in church-state inquiries the Constitution requires them to avoid: (1) judging the religious meaning of a particular belief or activity; (2) resolving religious controversies; and (3) evaluating the religiosity or orthodoxy of a person or group.”

Howard Shapiro, a lawyer at at Proskauer Rose in New Orleans, who has defended hospitals sued over their church plans, told the Atlantic in December that since ERISA imposes specific investment responsibilities on employers forcing ERISA compliance “[could] actually conflict with some religious principles that are very important to these entities.” Religiously affiliated organizations currently can choose how they invest their money under these church plans and can avoid investments conflicting with their faiths, like pro-life organizations avoiding investments related to abortion.

 

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by Luaretta Brown Article

During oral arguments Monday, the Justices focused on determining whether Congress’s 1980 amendments to ERISA could reasonably be interpreted to cover the plans of church-affiliated organizations.

Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, told CBN News he felt optimistic following oral arguments.

"Justice Alito had an exchange where he emphasized that you can’t really limit a church to just those organizations that provide worship services,” Baxter emphasized. “Churches in fact do all kinds of ministries, especially to the least of those among us - serving the poor, feeding the hungry – and they deserve the same protection on church plans as every other church does.”

“The justices really seemed to get it,” Baxter concluded. "And we’re hopeful that religious organizations will be able to continue to benefit their employees on church plans."


Persecution of Christians in Syria

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  • Leader:President Bashar al-Assad
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:18,907,000 (794,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression, Ethnic Antagonism
Syria Map

The overall situation in Syria is characterized by heavy persecution of all types of Christians in areas held by IS and other Islamic militants. Many Christians have already fled areas that are held by Islamic militants (including IS) or that were destroyed during the conflict. The Syrian opposition is becoming increasingly “Islamized” and the civil war is morphing into a form of jihad against the Syrian government. The geographical concentration of remaining Christians in strategic areas is an important factor in their vulnerability to attack, as is their alleged support for the government. Most churches are in ruins, yet some Christians make a deliberate choice to stay and reach out to their fellow countrymen with the gospel.

Through the support of local partners of Open Doors, Syrian Christians are receiving relief aid, Bibles, discipleship materials, church leadership training, trauma counseling and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM SYRIA

MAR 1, 2017 SYRIAN PRISONER SENTENCED TO DEATH BY IS FINDS JESUS Found in Stories  + READ MORE
 
FEB 22, 2017 SYRIAN PASTOR SERVES DISPLACED CHURCH Found in Stories + READ MORE
 
FEB 7, 2017 WOMEN ARE SURVIVORS IN SYRIA Found in Stories + READ MORE
 
NOV 12, 2016 ALEPPO CHURCHES OPEN DOORS TO DISPLACED MUSLIM FAMILIES Found in Prayer Alerts + READ MORE
 
NOV 3,2016 ATTACK BY REBEL FORCES IN ALEPPO Found in Prayer Alerts + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR SYRIA

  • Pray for believers in Syria who haven’t fled the country.
  • Pray that they would be used as strong witnesses of Christ’s love to fellow Syrians.
  • Pray for the justice of Christ to draw the oppressed people of Syria to Him.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to the President. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >


Christians under ISIS Siege in Egypt

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by Katie Pavlich Article

In 2016, Christians were the most persecuted religious group on the planet and the trend is continuing. 

Over the past three weeks in Egypt, a number of Christians have been hunted down and killed. Hundreds of Christians have fled their homes in recent months due to regular assassination of church members practicing their faith. 

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community.

The militants stormed the home of Kamel Youssef, a plumber, on Thursday and shot him to death in front of his wife and children in the town of el-Arish, said two security officials and the priest.

According to Lisa Daftari at The Foreign Desk, militant groups sympathetic to ISIS have developed a kill list for Christians in the Sinai region. 

In the past few days, several ‘kill lists’ have been posted anonymously by jihadists online, highlighting churches across Egypt, and in some cases, listing names of prominent Christians to target.

The lists were posted to various private Telegram channels including one seen by The Foreign Desk entitled “Egypt’s murtad (apostate) watch”

“Praise be to Allah.. we will post some of the churches and congregation sizes across Egypt,” the post begins, rallying pro-ISIS jihadis to target the larger churches for maximum impact.

The post instructs Muslims to “target the infidel Christians attacking their churches and those who protect them using weapons, improvised weapons, daggers and even stones.”

According to Open Doors USA, 215 million Christians around the world were persecuted in some way last week for simply practicing their faith. Last summer, the Obama administration officially declared ISIS is carrying out a genocide against Christians in the Middle East and North Africa


Persecution of Christians in Sudan

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  • Leader:President Omar al-Bashir
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:42,166,000 (1,996,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression, Dictatorial paranoia
Sudan Map
 

Sudan has been on the World Watch List since 1993 and has almost always been ranked in the top 20 over the years. Persecution in the country is systematic and reminiscent of ethnic cleansing. Under the authoritarian rule of al-Bashir and his party, there is no true rule of law in Sudan; freedom of expression has been almost entirely curtailed. The ethnic-cultural landscape is complicated and divisive: Arab versus Ethnic Africans, Muslims versus Christians. Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Sudan’s society and the government is strictly implementing a one-religion, one culture and one language policy, which results in the persecution of Christians. Arrests, attacks and murders plague all Christian communities in the country, particularly those living in the Nuba mountain region.

To aid persecuted believers in Sudan, Open Doors works through local partners to provide discipleship training, persecution-preparedness and theological training, trauma care and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM SUDAN

FEB 16, 2017 APPEAL FILED IN SUDAN

Found in Prayer Alerts: Lawyers for Hassan, Abdulmonem and Petr, Christians convicted on false charged in Sudan, submitted their appeal letter and the required documents to the Supreme Court in Khartoum on Feb. 8. + READ MORE

DEC 8,2016 TRIAL CONTINUES IN KHARTOUM

Found in Prayer Alerts: In Sudan, the trial of three Sudanese men and a Czech missionary resumed on Nov. 28. The pastors are accused of falsely documenting Christian persecution in Sudan and inciting war against the state. + READ MORE

OCT 22, 2016 TRIAL OF TWO SUDANESE PASTORS RECONVENES

Found in Prayer Alerts: The trial of two Sudanese pastors and their two friends has reconvened after the translation of relevant documents to consider the charges against them, two of which carry a maximum sentence of death. + READ MORE

OCT 13, 2016 SOUTH SUDAN: ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY VITAL IN SEEKING PEACE

Found in Prayer Alerts: In light of South Sudan’s current crisis, the World Council of Churches organized a discussion in Geneva that considered, among other things, the role of the church and women in the peace process. + READ MORE

OCT 8, 2016 DESPERATE NEED OF PRAYER IN NIGERIA AND SUDAN

Found in Prayer Alerts: Attacks continue from Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, and the civil war in South Sudan is rapidly escalating. Join us in praying for peace. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR SUDAN

  • Pray for Sudanese Christians who risk all for the sake of the gospel, evangelizing and preaching to those around them in spite of the risks.
  • Pray for Sudan’s leaders, that their hearts would be radically changed by the gospel.
  • Pray for Christians who could face the death penalty if their conversion from Islam is discovered.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to President Obama. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >


Persecution of Christians in Pakistan

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ABOUT PAKISTAN

  • Leader:Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:196,744,000 (3,938,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression, Organized Corruption and Crime
Pakistan Map
 

There are multiple groups of Christians experiencing persecution in Pakistan. Historical Christian communities exist openly, but have to put up with stringent rules and constant monitoring, while Christian converts from Islam suffer the brunt of persecution from both radical Islamic groups and families and neighbors. Protestant Christian communities are under close scrutiny and suffer frequent attacks, especially when they are active in outreach amongst Muslims. Violent persecution is common. Christians are targets for murder, bombings, abduction of women, rape, forced marriages and eviction from home and country. Unjust and arbitrary blasphemy laws are used to punish Christians and prevent evangelism.

Through local partners in Pakistan, Open Doors is engaged in women’s ministry, emergency aid to victims of violent persecution, biblical and pastoral training, vocational learning projects, trauma counseling and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM PAKISTAN

JAN 302017

BLASPHEMY LAW REVIEW IN PAKISTAN

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Pakistan is in urgent need of your prayers.  A Senate committee in Pakistan has decided to continue the debate over how to prevent the misuse of Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law. There has been severe opposition to this debate from religious extremists who support legislation that carries a mandatory death penalty for insulting anything related to […] + READ MORE

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5 WAYS TO PRAY FOR ASIA BIBI’S COURT HEARING THIS THURSDAY

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court will finally examine Asia Bibi’s blasphemy case this Thursday. Pakistani Christians ask their brothers and sisters worldwide to pray for Asia, her lawyer and family. + READ MORE

SEP 92016

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO THE GOSPEL

Found in Stories

Through your gifts, literacy training is equipping Christians to thrive and evangelize—even under persecution. Rhea and Mehak’s joy was contagious — their laughter and tears affected everyone in the room. Those who were watching knew they were witnessing something monumental. The reason? The sisters had learned to use pencils, a seemingly small feat for teenagers, but one that marked a major milestone in their pursuit of literacy. And literacy opens doors… + READ MORE

SEP 82016

ATTACK NEAR PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN

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Samuel Masih, 55, was killed in an early morning attack by a Pakistani Taliban group as he arrived for work. His courage saved the lives of many others, even as he lost his own and passed into glory. + READ MORE

AUG 272016

ASIA BIBI: OCTOBER COURT DATE

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Asia Bibi, probably the most well-known Christian in Pakistan, has been in prison for almost seven years. Bibi will have her appeal heard by Pakistan’s high court in October. This will be her last chance to avoid execution. It seems unthinkable that such a simple act can place this sister in Christ on death row. She needs our prayers… + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR PAKISTAN

  • Pray for both military and terrorist leaders, that they would encounter and heed conviction.
  • Pray that Christians being persecuted by their families will be faithful witnesses.
  • Pray for Christians in Pakistan, especially those who are evangelizing and risk being charged with blasphemy by friends, family and neighbors. 

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More >

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2016 World Watch List to President Obama. Learn More >

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More >