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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks up for persecuted Christians

26 December 2018

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered a review into the plight of persecuted Christians and how much help they get from the UK. The review will be led by the Bishop of Truro and hopes to help over 215 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

"So often, the persecution of Christians is a telling early warning sign of the persecution of every minority," said Jeremy Hunt. He added that the UK "must do more".

Open Doors has welcomed this news, our CEO, Henrietta Blyth said: “I am delighted that this review will look into the persecution of Christians.

“Persecution of Christians is a key issue of our time – we must act to be the voice for those who are so often voiceless because of the persecution they suffer. This review is a great first step and offers real hope for change at a time when UK trade is to be negotiated internationally. Through these negotiations the UK has an opportunity to ensure countries enshrine freedom of religion or belief and change attitudes in their societies so that all religious minorities can enjoy a better future.”

The rankings for the 2019 World Watch List have been released, and North Korea is once again number one for the eighteenth consecutive year, remaining at the top of the list of where faith in Jesus costs the most. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt gave a speech in Parliament at the launch of this year’s World Watch List on Wednesday 16 January, where over 100 parliamentarians were represented. Please pray that they would be impacted and moved to create positive, lasting change for our persecuted church family. 


You can help keep hope alive for persecuted Christians who are suffering because of their faith. Christians in North Korea are risking their lives to follow Jesus. It’s absolutely illegal to believe in a greater power than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and if a secret Christian is discovered, they face arrest, imprisonment, torture, and almost certain death.

And yet, there are an estimated 300,000 courageous Christians in North Korea, who believe that following Jesus is worth the risk. And amazingly, you can put Bibles and other vital aid into their hands through Open Doors secret networks.

Our workers are keeping 60,000 believers alive by smuggling in food, medicines and other aid – but this work is only possible thanks to the prayer and support of people like you.

Please pray

  • Praise God for the launch of this review into the suffering of Christians around the world
  • That the UK would step up its support of persecuted Christians thanks to this review
  • For comfort and peace for Christians suffering for their faith this Christmas in places like North Korea.

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