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Live release of the 2023 World Watch List

By Open Doors US

On January 17th, Open Doors will release the 30th edition of the World Watch List.

The world has changed dramatically since Open Doors first created the groundbreaking World Watch List in 1993 to measure the scale and trends of Christian persecution.

At the time, they simply wanted to document, identify with, and pray for our brothers and sisters in the top 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to profess and practice the Christian faith.

Now, 30 years later, the global phenomenon of Christian persecution has grown alarmingly.

That’s why Lisa Pearce (Open Doors’ Interim CEO) will be presenting the latest findings along with former Open Doors global field director and founder of the World Watch List, Wybo Nicolai. Join them for a special livestream of key findings from the 2023 report – and what they mean for believers like you today.

DATE: Tuesday, January 17

TIME: 7pm Eastern

LOCATIONS: Open Doors US Facebook page or the NEW Open Doors US Website

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More than 360m Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. |

As the 2023 global picture of Christian suffering becomes clear, you’ll see some disturbing trends emerging…

  • Christians in Afghanistan are suffering under Taliban rule
  • Violent persecution is raging across the continent of Africa
  • For the third year in a row, Christians are now facing very high or extreme levels of persecution in all 50 countries on the list

These and other critically important updates – with specific stories direct from the field – will be the focus of the streamed discussion during the 2023 World Watch List release.

But as you digest what’s happening to your Christian family members worldwide, I encourage you to not become disheartened. God is faithful, and He is working powerfully, even… especially… in dark and persecuted places.

The World Watch List is meant to embolden believers to see and learn what’s going on in the world, to pray and act for your Christian brothers and sisters, and to get the word out, so others can pray too.

That’s why I urge you to watch the Open Doors World Watch List Premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to examine the Top 50 countries where following Jesus comes at the highest price – and what you and I can do about it.

Please follow the Open Doors US Facebook page to receive regular updates and to tune into the livestream.