| Oct 6, 2022
Over 360 million Christians suffer persecution and discrimination. They follow Jesus, no matter the cost. With your help, we’re bringing them resources and hope.
Your support helps persecuted Christians continue to courageously follow Jesus. Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.
World Watch List
Open Doors’ annual ranking of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.
Levels of persecution:
- Very High
1 in 7
Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith
North Korean Christians were given emergency food and medicine through Chinese networks
Christians were murdered for their faith last year
churches and Christian buildings were attacked last year
Christians were abducted last year
View country profiles
Explore the list
- North Korea
Prayer and praise
Maria (name changed) in Central Asia was in a taxi on her way home from church when her Muslim driver, realising Maria’s Christian faith, sexually assaulted and then beat her. Pray for full psychological and physical healing for Maria.
Aisha and her family had to flee their home in Chad because of persecution – but your prayers and support, they are back on their feet with a small business. Thank God for using Open Doors supporters to comfort this family.
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These believers are bravely following Jesus despite enormous opposition, or raising support and awareness for the persecuted church. This is the worldwide family of Christians.
Mehr (name changed) in India was violently attacked for her faith – then denied treatment at hospital. Thanks to people like you, she is getting vital support. Meet Mehr
Charity’s village was attack by Islamic militants Boko Haram. Now, thanks to your prayers and gifts, she and her family are receiving healing through Open Doors trauma care. Meet Charity
Rebekah was badly injured in the Easter church bombings in Sri Lanka, and several close relatives were killed. Today, she is still faithfully following the Lord.
Joseph was helped by Open Doors partners – thanks to you – and has now been able to open a business. Syrian Christians like Joseph often face intense persecution for their faith. More about Syria
Madhobi is one of the vulnerable Christians in Bangladesh benefiting from a goat-rearing project to generate income. “I am very happy. I am very lucky,” she says. Meet Madhobi
Pengdwende Burkina Faso
Pastor Pengdwende had to flee his community in Burkina Faso, along with many other believers, after violent jihadist attacks. More on Burkina Faso
“People who had never even seen us were praying for us when we could not.” Praba is so grateful for your prayers, after her son was killed in a church bombing. Meet Praba
Bae North Korea
Bae (name changed) has a life sentence of backbreaking labour and starvation – all because she was found with a Bible. Read her story of fleeing North Korea, and choosing to go back. Meet Bae