Helping Persecuted Christians
July 4, 2017 •
The remnants of a Bible in a burned-out church in Iraq preserve the words from John 16:20 - "You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy."

For the fourth year in a row, the global level of persecution of Christians has risen. Millions of believers around the world now live their lives in the shadow of varying levels of discrimination, discovery, violence and arrest.

Worldwide, persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row.

FATIMATI* PRAYS WITH SAMARITAN’S PURSE STAFF MEMBERS INSIDE HER TENT IN A REFUGEE TRANSIT CAMP. (*name changed for security.)

Wars in the Middle East have caught Christians in the crossfire; areas of Africa in which Radical Islamists are prevalent are becoming increasingly difficult for Christians and many have had to flee their homes and villages; and in India, Hindu nationalists are battering the churches. Christians are now suffering for their faith in more countries than ever before.

Types of persecution range from Christians losing their livelihoods and being outcast from their family and community, through to abduction, subjection to violence and being murdered for their faith.

 

ABDOUL* IS A PASTOR WHO HAD TO FLEE HIS VILLAGE. NOW HE EVANGELISES TO MUSLIMS. SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS PROVIDING FOOD AND NECESSITIES TO HIS CONGREGATION. (*name changed for security.)

Yet still, the church is growing.

Remarkably there is no shortage of good news. In the midst of intense persecution, the church is growing. There has been significant growth in believers from Muslim backgrounds, many having encountered extreme Islam, now turning to Christianity instead. All around the world, persecuted Christians are continuing to discover a depth, a strength, and a brightness to their faith that can only be found in the darkest times.

A CHURCH NEAR MOSUL, RECENTLY LIBERATED AFTER OCCUPATION BY ISIS

On a recent visit to a church destroyed by ISIS, an Iraqi Christian told us how much encouragement his community experienced through the practical support we were able to give them, and to know a wider family of believers were praying for them.

Samaritan’s Purse assists Christian refugees who have been terrorised by ISIS, trains courageous church leaders in countries closed to foreign mission work, and helps churches stand as bold witnesses in the face of persecution.

You can help by standing with us in prayer for the persecuted church, and donating towards our work amongst them by using the form below.

“Let us never forget that we have a responsibility to speak out for our brothers and sisters in the faith that are undergoing persecution. We must do all that we can to defend and aid those who are victims.” – Franklin Graham

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