Persecution levels are rising rapidly. That’s what the research behind this year’s Open Doors World Watch List 2016 has found. And as persecution increases, our Christian brothers and sisters need us more than ever.
The World Watch List ranks the 50 countries where persecution against Christians is most severe. The list reports that persecution became more intense in more parts of the world in 2015. While North Korea remains the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian, persecution is growing most rapidly in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. In the Middle East, Islamic State violence in Iraq and Syria has increased the pace of the exodus of the Christian population from the region and is also having a global impact.
On Sunday, 10th April, we’ll be holding a special worship gathering to learn more about our persecuted brothers and sisters … Read More »
In one of our recent Sunday gatherings our Open Doors rep, Sophie, shared the latest news from Syria and led us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in that broken and embattled part of the world. As part of her presentation she played clips from a couple of really powerful videos. Several people have asked how they can get access to the full videos, so we have posted them below. We pray that they will be a blessing and a challenge to you and will assist you as you pray for the persecuted church.
What would you do if you turned up to church and the gate was barred, with a notice saying that an ‘enforced closure’ was in place?
This was the sight that greeted the Hill City congregation on a recent Sunday morning.
As cars pulled up and families gathered, people were asking questions and a sense of confusion was mounting.
“Where are the elders?”
“I heard they were arrested.”
“Where shall we go?”
“What do we do now?”
We headed down into a subway tunnel not far from the church, next to a public car park. Huddling from the wind and cold, we sang a few songs a cappella, from memory. A few people shared some Scriptures of encouragement, then with crackers and Ribena, using bottle tops as cups, we shared communion.
Apart from a cryptic text sent the day before, warning us to bring coats and bottle tops, … Read More »