Jesus asked Simon (Peter), “Son,of John, do you love me than these?” “Yes Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. (John 21:15)
David Curry, President of “Open Doors”, stated: “The growth in persecution shows a doubling of incidents against Christians around the world every year for the past three years”. He goes on to note: “Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world”.
As more Muslims accept Christ, religious persecution is intensifying against Christians around the world.
The January Open Doors highlights prayer requests from three regions where the suffering and violence is very intense. They don’t want to leave their homelands, they need Bibles to strengthen them in hard times, and encouragement by prayers and support from brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. Their urgent prayer requests received by Open Doors is this:
Since 2006, more than 11,500 Christ-followers have been killed and another 1.3 million were displaced by Muslim extremists.
“We have not a single Bible left. The insurgents burned everything. This is one of the most painful things to deal with-not having the Word of God in our hands”
When a person can be fined for telling someone about Jesus, or the police can detain believers just for carrying a Bible, believers become secret believers and the church goes underground.
“Three years ago, neighbors living next door complained to the police. The next day, my house was raided and they confiscated all my Christian books. I had to pay a fine for alleged storage of extremist literature”.
Many Iraqi Christians have left the country permanently, victimized by constant violence. But there is a defiant group of young believers who are determined to stay and spread the gospel.
“We are a living people. The Iraqi Christians are not going to disappear”.