Day 1 – Sunday, Nov. 5
Afghanistan is #1 in rank among the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in this country. Most Afghans have never heard of the Gospel. Evangelism is forbidden. Beatings, torture, and kidnappings are routine for Christians. Afghanistan’s population is around 38,914,000. As of 2022, there are more than 10,000 Christians in Afghanistan; almost all are converts from Islam.
Day 2 – Monday, Nov. 6
China is #17 in rank among the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. To date, there are around 96,700,000 Christians in China, from a total population of 1,428,481,000. Surveillance in China is among the most oppressive and sophisticated in the world. The government has installed more than 170 million facial recognition cameras, many in or near churches, to identify those who attend worship services. Church attendance is religiously monitored, and many churches are closed.
Day 3 – Tuesday, Nov. 7
India is #10 in rank among the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. The persecution of Christians in India has intensified, as Hindu extremists, local governments and nationalists Hindus seek to “purify” India by making it entirely Hindu. Many pastors have been beaten and jailed and several are martyred each year.
Day 4 – Wednesday, Nov. 8
Iran is #9 in rank among the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. There are no church services permitted in Farsi, the national language of Iran. Converts from Islam are most at risk of persecution, especially by the government. If discovered as Christians, they may be banned from education, lose their jobs and find it very difficult to get back into employment. Women are likely to be violently punished or divorced by their husbands and have their children taken away from them.
Day 5 – Thursday, Nov. 9