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Mary Fairchild

The Silent Story of Christian Persecution

By January 4, 2013

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Colosseum in Rome
Inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy today. Traditionally, the stadium is known as a place of martyrdom for hundreds of early Christians under Roman persecution, although recent scholars now question this conclusion. Could current-day doubt be part of the silencing of Christian persecution?
Despite the lack of media coverage, there is growing and compelling information from human rights advocates to suggest that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today.

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life estimated that persecution of Christians currently takes place in 130 countries, roughly two-thirds of all nations on the globe. According to Open Doors, an international non-profit ministry supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, the 10 worst offenders on the 2012 World Watch List include North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Iraq and Pakistan.

The World Evangelical Alliance reports that Christians are "the largest single group in the world which is being denied human rights on the basis of their faith." The Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need and Open Doors both say "some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year."

Every week, The Voice of the Martyrs' prayer blog announces incidents of violent persecution against Christians. Recent headlines read, "Christian Worker Shot to Death in Pakistan," "Christians Pressured to Perform Cult Rituals in Laos," and "Brazilian Missionaries to Senegal Arrested and Imprisoned." Yet, when was the last time you heard one of these stories on the nightly news?

I'd like to be a voice for the persecuted Christians in our world today. Will you join me in praying for persecuted believers around the world?

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January 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm
(1) Nick Kok says:

Great initiative. I’m afraid 2013 is not going to see any lessening in this persecution, so we should do all we can to highlight this issue. I don’t think people (westerners in particular) know that it’s still going on!

I really don’t think people know that Christians are still dying for their faith, and are being brutally attacked, molested and murdered IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

I pray for great success in your using this forum to highlight the problem. God Bless.

January 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(2) Dalumo eyitope. says:

It is rather pianful that christians are persecuted all over the world today, bt the joy of it all is that, christ have already predicted all this moves in the. Bible. It is actually the sign of the end of tmes nd this hv shown to us that christianity is the true religion to follow because as He has said it so iti is. Persecution will not stop, the only thing to do as christians is, 1. Christians to be strong in Faith and not distracted, 2.Pray against persecution, 3. Ask for God’s wisdom and direction in this end time so that we will not fall victims till christ come.
Thanks.

January 13, 2013 at 10:31 am
(3) Rev. Oyedele SOP says:

May God almighty send us help (the Christians) though all these are the signs of end time.we need to pray more and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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