"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Matthew 5:10-12 NIV

"In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life will be persecuted...."

2 Timothy 3:12

    Christian persecution is...

    ...any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one's identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

    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.

    - opendoorsus.org

    In 2023:

    • More than 365 million Christians around the world suffered high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith
    • 4,125 Christians detained
    • 4,998 Christians murdered for faith-related reasons
    • 14,776 churches and public Christian properties attacked, a 6-fold increase over 2022
    • 295,120 Christians forced to leave their homes, forced into hiding in-country, or forced to leave the country

    - Statistics from opendoorsus.org

    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.