After starting in 1996 with only a few participating churches, this year at least 500,000 churches worldwide will be observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, Nov. 12. Christians in Crisis (CIC) is encouraging churches to observe this day on any Sunday during the month and focus prayers for the plight of suffering Christians worldwide. CIC offers these staggering statistics to reinforce the situation of persecuted Christians around the world.  




“The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church presents a tremendous opportunity for millions of people to make a difference in the lives of those being persecuted for their faith in countries like North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Iraq and many more,” said Open Doors USA President Carl Moeller. An estimated 200 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with another 200 to 400 million facing discrimination and alienation.  




In the last 2,000 years 43 million Christians have become martyrs. More than 50 percent of these were in the last 100 years. A Christian is martyred every three minutes. In nearly 50 countries around the world it is illegal to profess Christ as Savior and/or possess a Bible. Seventy percent of all believers live outside the Western world — many of them in nations with poor human rights records. (Christians in Crisis/Open Doors)  


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