“We must respond now to the Christian leaders’ request to pray for them. Pray for Kim Jong-Un; that God will work in his heart and he will pursue peace and not war. Pray for wisdom for leaders in the United States, South Korea and China. Pray for Christians who are put in even more danger due to war preparations. Pray families will find food to feed their families. Finally, pray that no matter what happens Christians will remain strong in their faith.”

Here are just a few facts about  religious persecution*:

  • More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all previous centuries combined 171,000 Christians were martyred in 2005 [Int. Journal of Missionary Research]
  • It is estimated that currently over 200 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide
  • Nigeria: In 2010 Christians suffered terror from Muslim extremists. Whole village massacred Iran: Its parliament believes Muslims who change their faith should be put to death
  • India: up to 70,000 in Orissa have been forced to flee their homes in riots against Christians Indonesia: Between 2000-2002 Muslims slaughtered 10,000 Christians
  • Iraq: half of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein

*Pew Research Report 2012

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