At least 360 million Christians are facing persecution and discrimination – that’s one in every seven Christians on the planet. Yet, they choose to follow Jesus despite the fear of arrest, prison, rejection, threats and violence.
Across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, millions of Christians live with the reality of persecution, simply because they choose to shine God’s love and light. But, despite being singled out and targeted, many are bravely still trying to shine God’s light.
This matters. Our relationship with Jesus connects us to these millions of believers around the world. We share the same heartbeat. Together, we are God’s Church. Brothers and sisters – part of the same body, all seeking to show the love we’ve received to the world around us. And when one part of the body suffers, we all do.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” br>
John 1: 5
The map on this page is about Jesus’ incredible light. It lists the places where faith in Jesus really costs; places where being known as a Christian could mean being cut off from family, shunned by community, facing an unjust prison sentence or being on the end of violent attacks. Use the map to guide your prayers and see where your support is urgently needed.