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The highest score ever recorded, the “China effect,” rising violence, and some good news from the Gulf.
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As part of our World Watch List launch, we’re created a 7-day devotional based on the encouragements our team have experienced in working with the persecuted church.
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Our expert researchers measure developing trends in Christian persecution each year from 1 November – 31 October through on-the-ground interviews and data collection. In over 70 countries, we uncover where the Church is most persecuted.
There are two main ways Christians experience persecution: violence and pressure.
Based on the number of violent incidents in the reporting period.
Measured in five spheres of life: private, family, national, church, and community.
Each country receives a score based on a detailed report of violent incidents and the five spheres of pressure. These are added up to a score out of 100, creating each country’s rank on the World Watch List.
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Church Community Rocked by Opposition and Accusations A Pentecostal church in Sri Lanka has faced attacks and opposition from Buddhist…
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North Korea: Security tightens to prevent escape Please pray for North Korea as China has tightened security on its shared…
Laos: Persecution worsens as Christians are targeted Laos is #31 on the World Watch List 2023. Most church gatherings are…
Protests and violence continue in Manipur, India, as more videos of atrocities surface Warning: Content discusses violence and assault. May…
August 25 On 16 August, A mob of thousands of attacked neighbourhoods where Christians lived. A clearer picture is emerging…
Central China: Public school students asked to fill out questionnaires to declare their religious affiliations. Open Doors has received a…
Urgent prayers are needed for Iranian Christians. Iran has begun a fresh and aggressive crackdown on believers. Since 12 July,…
Niger Military Coup On Wednesday, 26 July 2023, soldiers appeared on national television announcing that Niger’s President, Mohamed Bazoum, has…
More than one year after the fall of Kabul and with winter approaching, thousands of Afghan refugees are left to…
Two people have been arrested following the disappearance of a German Catholic priest in Mali last week. Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre…
The first World Watch List was produced in January 1993. Countries’ overall persecution scores are an amalgamation of six different scores. This year’s list covers the period 1 Oct 2021 – 30 Sept 2022.
Released at the beginning of each year, the list uses extensive research, data from Open Doors field workers, their in-country networks, external experts and persecution analysts to quantify and analyse persecution worldwide. Each edition is certified by the International Institute for Religious Freedom.Read: 30 Years Of The World Watch List
Some of the findings from the latest report include:
Afghanistan (9) has fallen from No. 1 in 2022 to No. 9 in this year’s list. However, the sharp drop offers little good news.
After the brutal takeover in 2021, many Christians were executed, as the Taliban went door-to-door to root out believers. Many Christians went deep into hiding or fled overseas.Find out more
Please stand with us in prayer. As Open Doors founder, Brother Andrew, says: “Our prayers can go where we cannot… there are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” Ephesians 6.18 reminds us, to ‘keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’
Each quarter we release a prayer guide to help you in praying for the Top 50 countries on the World Watch list. Prayer points have come from our partners on the field and the families and communities they serve. Whether you pray alone or with your bible study or group, we know your prayers are powerful and effective.
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We love when churches get involved in learning about the persecuted church. We have resources for you or your pastor to share in church and information to help you pray and support your suffering brothers and sisters in Christ.Find out more
We need to stand with our suffering brothers and sisters. Here’s three ways to help:
Our experts use nine broad categories to measure the source of persecution: