Which country or countries have the most persecuted Christians?

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions and the Persecuted Church' started by Blue Tick, Jul 27, 2009.

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  1. Blue Tick

    Blue Tick Puritan Board Graduate

    Which country or countries are most hostile to the gospel? Either outlawing Christianity all together or actively suppressing the spread of the gospel?
     
  2. Reformed Thomist

    Reformed Thomist Puritan Board Sophomore

  3. buggy

    buggy Puritan Board Freshman

    Saudi Arabia as well.
     
  4. JoyFullMom

    JoyFullMom Puritan Board Junior

    Maldives
     
  5. Titus35

    Titus35 Puritan Board Freshman

    Eritrea.
     
  6. Blue Tick

    Blue Tick Puritan Board Graduate

    Does anyone know how severe the persecution is within in Burma?
     
  7. glorifyinggodinwv

    glorifyinggodinwv Puritan Board Sophomore

    I wonder if there is a website which lists these countries? It would be a way to include specific countries on a rotating basis in the pastoral prayer each week, in addition to praying for persecuted Christians in general.
     
  8. JoyFullMom

    JoyFullMom Puritan Board Junior

    We get some information first hand from several areas....but Voice of the Martyrs is very informative.

    I know someone who received a recent report from Burma. I will see what I can find out.
     
  9. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    North Korea. Any other country we are allowed to write letters to their prisoners for encouragement, but North Korea is the only country which will not allow letters to it's prisoners. They truly want to isolate them from any outside contact. So they are not only tortured as other prisoners from other countries are but they receive no outside encouragement. They truly are in need of our prayers!
     
  10. Mark Hettler

    Mark Hettler Puritan Board Freshman

    Saudi Arabia. The reason you never hear about the Christians that are suffering there is because they're all dead.
     
  11. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    Let's not forget Israel. Evangelism there is not looked upon with favor by any means.

    Persecution.com is a good website for info on the persecuted church worldwide (though they do not say anything about persecution and restrictions upon Christian practice in Israel)
     
  12. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Are there even underground churches in Mauritania?
     
  13. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Junior

    Burma

    I came back from Thailand a month ago. While there, I talked with a number of Burmese Baptist pastors.
    Burma's Socialist Government has renamed itself the Union of Myanmar. Less then 90% of the country is Theravada Buddhist. A majority of the non Buddhists are Christian. Most of these are Baptist. Anglicans and Roman Catholics are found in significant numbers. Christians are not permitted to print books including the Bible in Myanmar. Bibles and Christian literature is smuggled in from Thailand and India.
    The Karen population is a particular thorn in the side of the Burmese ruling regime. The Karen are a predominantly Christian and they resist being assimilated into the larger Burmese society. Recently there have been military activities alledgedly aimed at fighting armed Karen resistance to the regime but actually engaging in driving large number of Karens across the border into Thailand.
    The regime also actively persecutes the Rohingya people who are Muslims living in the costal regions of Eastern Burma.
    Recently a group of men from the Protestant Reformed Churches were able to visit Burma. It would be interesting to hear their take on the situation there.
     
  14. Scynne

    Scynne Puritan Board Freshman

    A mysteriously (often) forgotten country is, right next door to Myanmar (Burma), Laos. It gets my vote for worst.
     
  15. Blue Tick

    Blue Tick Puritan Board Graduate

    I to was up in that region about 8 years ago. Stayed in Mae Sot and went to the refugee camps on the Thai Burmese border. I was curious what kind of reformed mission work is taking place in Thailand if any?
     
  16. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    This little bit is saved from the news from last year. So, even though the data isn't completely up to date (a year old) it is probably very similar.

     
  17. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Junior

    The PCA has a work in Thailand. I had no contact with them while they were there. A Burmese Baptist in Thailand told me the PCA people were good people. The Karen Anglicans tend to be low Church, evangelical and reformed. The Karen Burmese Baptists I spoke with are solid on the question of the nature and extent of scriptural authority, original sin, and salvation by faith alone.
    Calvary Baptist Church in Bangkok is an SBC congregation. It has a larger Burmese language congregation then it has in its English language congregation. I was in the Burmese Baptist pastors manse. The Burmese Baptist pastors book shelf has many solid books on it, including works by Spurgeon. I asked him about getting these translated into Burmese. He responded by telling me about the difficulty they have even getting Bibles into Burma.
    One Burmese Baptist told me about how many Burmese are living and working in Thailand. He had a real zeal to reach these Burmese. He thought if the Burmese in exile in Thailand could be evangelized, they would take Gospel back with them to the remotest corners of Burma, when Burma again becomes an open society.

    -----Added 7/28/2009 at 09:28:40 EST-----

    You are right. Ethnically Lao people from Shan State Burma, cross over into Thailand to escape persecution. They do not cross over into Laos. Economics may drive these migrations in part but the fact that Thailand is the most open country in the region also has an impact on why these Christians come to Thailand.
     
  18. JoyFullMom

    JoyFullMom Puritan Board Junior

    I know someone working in China. They said the situation there is misleading because of the presence of some *visible* *Christian* churches that seem to make it appear as if China is becoming more friendly. This friend said it is a *political* move on China's part and that any church that is visible in China is compromising with the gov't in some way/many ways. The true church is still very underground.

    This friend said it is appalling the number of American ministries and churches that come on trips and publicly request to meet with someone from a house/underground church, or worse yet, try to seek one out. This friend said it is ridiculous that it is not understood that all of that is being observed.
     
  19. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Re: China et. al.

    The very nature of these "most persecuted" lists mean that they're arbitrary, depending on both information available and what the compiler of those lists think important. Rating Iran worse than Kuwait or Mauritania would be a case in point, where a native born Iranian can walk down the street in Tehran and hear a Reformed sermon at a Reformed church, and with a third of a million Christians who are richer than the average Iranian. Not to say it isn't horrible over there, but still, there is an amount of arbitrariness involved.
     
  20. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I was going to mention Israel. Though you cannot lose your life, it is very hostile to proselytizing there. Our parent Church started a Reformed Seminary in Tel Aviv (home). It's not simply focused on the Jews living there but supporting the Christian Arabs that still live there.

    Sadly, the area used to be about 50% Christian.
     
  21. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Reminds me of the King of the Hill cartoon,

     
  22. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    I've seen some scary stuff in China...
     
  23. Curt

    Curt Puritan Board Graduate

    Massachusetts?
     
  24. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Now that you are back in the West, I would love to hear more about this!
     
  25. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    What really bugs me about Voice of the Martyrs is that they're unwilling (from what I've seen) to include Israel among their list of restricted nations, when it clearly is. I know of missionaries to Israel who were never able to say where they were going (until long after they were off the mission field) except that they were going to a closed country. For many to consider that Israel might be a nation hostile to the gospel is a shocker, if not anathema.
     
  26. Raj

    Raj Puritan Board Sophomore

    Here also people getting worse towards mission activities. Everyday we can read something bad happening with the servants of the Lord.


    Someday I want to minister to the Hindi/Nepali speaking people of Bhutan. I hear and read that there are many of them. I love this beautiful country and pray for her.
     
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