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Who should I cheer on?

By Dan Etheridge

The following eight teams feature in the 2018 World Cup and are also on the current Open Doors World Watch List (the toughest 50 places on earth to be a Christian).

1. Iran (No.10)
At least 52 Christians were imprisoned last year alone
2. Saudi Arabia (No. 12)
Saudi believers from a Muslim background can face death threats from extended family
3. Nigeria (No. 14)
In northern states, Christian villages can be denied basic services
4. Egypt (No. 17)
In January, a man was killed simply because he had a tattoo of a cross on his wrist
5. Tunisia (No. 30)
No new church has been granted registration since 1956
6. Mexico (No. 39)
Those converting from indigenous religions can be forced from their homes
7. Colombia (No. 49)
Christians who stand against criminal gangs receive death threats
8. South Korea (which we’ve included as neighbours of North Korea who are No.1)
The amount of people in all of North korea’s political prison camps would fill two Wembley stadiums

So, choose one, some or all and take time to cheer on Christians in these countries during the World Cup!

The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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