The 2019 World Watch List
The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.
These are the places where you could be arrested for possessing a Bible. Where you may go to your local church one day to find that it’s been closed by the government. Where you might be denied a job, or your children might be denied education, because you have a ‘Christian’ name. These are the places where faith in Jesus costs the most.
But these are also the places where our brothers and sisters are showing incredible courage. Despite the risks, they are still choosing to follow Jesus, because they know that He is worth it. These are the places where Bibles are hidden as precious treasures. Where Christians meet together in secret. Where prayers are barely whispered – but cannot be stopped.
Read on to find out how you can stand with your persecuted church family in prayer and action, and be inspired by their courageous faith.
Find information, stories and prayers for each of the countries on the World Watch List, along with ways that you can stand with your persecuted church family in prayer and action.
A range of inspiring World Watch List resources to help you to stand with your persecuted church family in prayer and action.
Open Doors experts look at what factors are shaping Christian persecution at the moment and how, despite the darkness, persecuted Christians are continuing to share the light and life of Jesus.
About the World Watch List
The Open Doors World Watch List is the only index of its kind in the world. But how is it put together? How do you measure persecution? And what's the difference between 'smash' and squeeze'?