Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about the top five countries that made the World Watch List. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the World Watch List, it's a fairly simple list. The countries who persecute Christians the worst get to be named on this list. That isn't a list I would like to see my country on.
The organization, Open Doors, is the group that puts this list together on a yearly basis. Here is what they say about the list:
The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. First of all, the list cover persecution of Christians of all denominations in the entire country. The focus is on persecution of their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.
So, as you can see, it's not a list precariously put together.
Today I am going to focus on the top five countries and why they made it to the top. I want you, dear follower of Christ to be informed so you will know how to pray for your brothers and sisters in these countries. I will also provide a link for you to go to Open Doors and become a prayer partner with them. So without further ado, let's begin with the number one on the WWL 2011.
1. North Korea
4. Saudi Arabia
Now remember, beloved of Christ, this is just the top five countries on this list. There are forty-five more. If you would like to know more about the other countries and be a prayer partner with Open Doors and countless other brothers and sisters praying, then click here.
In the United States, we don't really know what persecution is, yet. But our brothers and sisters in these other countries do. They need our support. They need to know they are remembered. They covet the prayers of the saints. So join me, and let us "remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also." (Hebrews 13:3 - NKJV)
Because He Lives!