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Christian PersecutionOctober 2014

The summer and early autumn of 2014 has been a difficult season for many Christians in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East where we read daily about crises of war, disease and terrorism. The persecution of Christians goes on in many places but the recent events in northern Iraq have garnered the world’s attention.

Paul Marshall observes that there are five major patterns of anti-Christian persecution. These patterns are:

  1. Communist countries—China, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea, and Cuba.
  2. South Asian religious nationalism—in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan involving reactionary Hindu and Buddhist elements.
  3. The Muslim-majority world. This does not involve the most Christians, but is the site of the most widespread persecution, and it is where persecution is increasing.
  4. Post-communist, national security, and other authoritarian states, including Burma, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Belarus.
  5. Western secularism—this is a milder pattern than elsewhere… 

PFF has partners and friends in many of these settings where persecution occurs. We often cannot name these partners for obvious security reasons nor can we report on their ministry efforts. This week we heard of veteran co-workers and long-time friends of PFF who were shot in an African country. This incident may not be “persecution related” but we are reminded that many kingdom workers work in remote and dangerous places where people need access to the Good News. We are praying for them and for others in risky settings.

Thank you for your financial support and for your prayers as we partner together to share the grace and truth and peace of Jesus Christ with the unreached peoples of the world.

Rev. Richard L. Haney
Executive Director