In restricted nations around the world Christians face detention and torture, simply for following Jesus Christ. In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith. In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus. Those who boldly follow Christ—in spite of government edict or radical opposition—can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the church in restricted nations is growing.
In countries such as Burma, China, Eritrea, North Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam and others, Christian pastors, evangelists and ordinary believers are in prison today because of their active Christian witness.
- being detained without trial, perhaps even tortured
- being unable to see your family, for months, or years
- enduring often terrible conditions
Pray for those for whom the decision to follow Jesus means they becomes victims of injustice; pray for their encouragement; pray for grace and peace; pray for their witness.
Sources: http://www.releaseinternational.org/prisoners-of-faith/; http://www.prisoneralert.com/vompw_persecution.htm