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According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
- Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination
- 4,761 Christians killed for their faith
- 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
- 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
These numbers are heart-breaking. And yet, they do not tell the whole story. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” That joy is what we see when we hear and work with Christians all over the world who suffer because they serve Jesus. God cares for His people, and He will never leave or forsake them.
From Open Doors
February of 2022 marks 40 years of Dr. Pat traveling and encouraging persecuted Believers around the world! She spent the first ten years visiting Communist countries, but for the past thirty years she has traveled primarily to Muslim Majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Brother Dave began traveling with Dr. Pat and encouraging our Brothers and Sisters in those regions in 2017. We are so happy to share stories of persecution and hope through our prayer letters. We will share some on our website here, but please, if you are not currently receiving our Prayer Letters, SIGN UP TODAY!