Each year hundreds of Christians are persecuted world-wide for shining the light of God’s Word on a world of darkness. Persecution ranges from murder and beheadings, terror, torture, imprisonment exile, destruction and rape to the loss of home and assets and/or employment, or even rejection from a community.
Below is a list of 43 countries that are considered the most dangerous, difficult or illegal for Christians.
Algeria Kuwait Qatar
Bahrain Kyrgyzstan Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh Lagos Somalia
Bhutan Libya Sri Lanka
Brunei Malaysia Sudan
China Mali Syria
Columbia Morocco Tajikstan
Cuba Myanmar/Burma Tanzania
Egypt North Korea Turkey
Eritrea Nepal Turkmenistan
India Nigeria United Arab Emirates
Iran Oman Uzbekistan
Jordan Pakistan Vietnam
Kazakhstan Philippines (Southern) Yemen
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a non-profit interdenominational Christian missions organization, dedicated to serving persecuted Christians around the world. Their office in the United States was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who himself spent fourteen years in a communist prison in Romania for his faith in Christ. His story and dramatic testimony is told in the recently released movie, Tortured for Christ. (in theaters as of March 5, 2018.)
The VOM US organization provides practical and spiritual assistance to persecuted Christians in 68 countries world-wide. Wurmbrand based these missions on Hebrews 13:3, which instructs us to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
The following story comes to us from VOM's publication, Voice of the Martyrs magazine, and occurred in one of the countries listed above.
“She clutched her bag as she made her way to a table in the small cafe. After ordering tea, she carefully placed the bag on the floor between her feet and glanced around the crowded room.
She smiled, knowing that what she had placed on the floor was about to change lives; but, she also knew that members of her country’s secret police could be among the crowd in the cafe and could arrest her. She prayed: ‘Dear Jesus, please use this to draw people to You.’
One by one the cafe customers searched their phones for a Wi-Fi connection. When they found one that didn’t require a password, they clicked on it. But…instead of a page stating the Wi-Fi’s terms and conditions, an offer for a free digital download of the New Testament appeared on their screens.
When she had finished her tea and paid her bill, she picked up her bag and went home. She planned to do the same thing the next day in a local park.”
In one of GOD’S OTHER WAYS©, today’s newest technology is being used to provide a new way to help shine the Light into darkness and to further spread His Word throughout the world.