I n Matt. 5:10, Jesus reminds the multitude & His disciples at the Mount of Beatitudes that they can expect persecution for Christ’s sake. The persecution that many experience does not go unnoticed by our Lord, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Just this morning I heard of about 10 countries with the worst records for persecution of Christians, having a 50% or greater Muslim population. The five worst countries for persecution are North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, & Afghanistan. According to a Christian organization, “Approximately 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide, making them the most persecuted religious group in the world. Islamic extremism is the main source of persecution in 40 of the 50 countries on the 2015 World Watch List.” As we consider the missionaries we send out to these vulnerable areas let us pray earnestly for them as well as those national believers who are our Brothers & Sisters in Christ.
Kim-Axel Kuhr ( Assistant Director)