Top 5 Most Persecuted Countries
Supporting Believers In The 5 Most Dangerous Countries
Every year Open Doors creates the World Watch List, ranking the 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian. It identifies areas requiring immediate action and areas where resources will be needed in the future.
We need your help in supporting believers in the five most dangerous countries: North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan
Here are two ways you can help.
1. You can donate to help the top five countries.
Your donation will help with:
– Delivering Bibles in their local language
– Biblical training and discipleship
– Emergency relief and practical support
– Other secret projects we can’t share with you here.
2. Make a donation to help as need arises anywhere in the world.
While the list only ranks the top 50, Open Doors are actively serving persecuted Christians in over 70 nations. We are constantly reporting and responding to incidents in real time. Your donation will go to where it’s most needed, and be used how it’s most needed, worldwide.
We want to support believers who are courageously obedient to the gospel, despite suffering, because Jesus is worth it all.
Can you help persecuted Christians today?
Top 5 Countries
1. North Korea
“On that day he had to be loyal to Jesus."
North Korea has ranked number one on the World Watch List since 2002. One believer was arrested when the police found a Bible in his home. He was badly beaten and imprisoned.
A Christian friend of his said, "When he came to faith, he made a decision that one day he would die for Christ. Every Christian in North Korea has made that choice. My friend knew that one day he could get caught and on that day he had to be loyal to Jesus. I am convinced he can take the suffering because he constantly reminds himself of the joy that is set before him.”
"We are not afraid but strong and hopeful."
In Afghanistan over 40% of the country is controlled by the Islamic State and the Taliban. Despite brutal persecution and overwhelming pressure, Christians remain bold in their faith.
“We are not afraid but strong and hopeful,” said an Afghan Christian. “We know He will come again. That is why there is so much pain and suffering. That is why there is persecution. He is coming back and those who do not know Him need Him in their lives. For now, we, His followers, need to live with thankful, prayerful hearts.”
"Now I am a believer & that is because of your radio program."
In 2017 at least 23 people suspected of becoming a Christian were killed. There are only a few hundred Christians left, showing how hard it is to follow Jesus.
“I had been a conservative Muslim and I even used to preach at you, attempting to bring you back to Islam, but now I am a believer and that is because of your radio program. I am no longer a Muslim because I received and accepted the Gospel after I heard it from you,” said a Somali Christian.
"Pray for Muslims in our area to come to Christ."
Pastors are often interrogated in Sudan and recently over 20 churches were closed down. But people continue to share the gospel.
“I am an evangelist in my church. I was so privileged to take part in this Bible school training. I have been trained to have a strong relationship with God, and that has changed my life. I want to say thank you to all who supported the Bible school. Please pray for Muslims in our area to come to Christ,” said Musa.
"Any time a suicide bomber can come and disrupt our service."
In the last year, Pakistan has been the most violent place for Christians in the world. There have been multiple attacks in the church, especially over Easter and Christmas.
“We [celebrate Easter] knowing that at any time a suicide bomber can come and disrupt our service, our worship, our praying. Then I think: Will it really be disrupted or will I be sent into the fullness of worship?” said a mother of two who used to be Muslim, now celebrating Jesus at Easter.