I SHARE YOUR FAITH BUT NOT YOUR FREEDOM... In many countries faith in Jesus can cost you your family, your freedom and even your life. WHERE FAITH COSTS THE MOST In 2010, millions of Christians across the world face persecution because of their faith in Christ. Some may face harassment, imprisonment or discrimination; others may experience violence or death – simply because they follow Jesus. THE WORLD WATCH LIST Open Doors’ World Watch List highlights the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Will you join us in praying for believers living in these countries where faith costs the most? THE TOP TEN The top ten countries on the 2010 World Watch List are: 1 North Korea 6 Afghanistan 2 Iran 7 Yemen 3 Saudi Arabia 8 Mauritania 4 Somalia 9 Laos 5 Maldives 10 Uzbekistan THE TOP TEN In North Korea and Laos, Communism is restricting the growth of the church. In the other eight countries, Islamic extremism is the prime source of persecution. NORTH KOREA North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. In 2009, many secret Christians were discovered, arrested, tortured, and even killed. Despite this lack of freedom to worship, the church is growing. PRAY FOR THE PRISONERS There are 50-70,000 Christians incarcerated in North Korea’s prison camps. Prisoners are exposed to torture, execution, even the use of humans for weapons testing. Many die from starvation and overwork. PLEASE PRAY • Ask God to protect and sustain the 50-70,000 Christians in prison camps • That Christians would be a witness to their fellow-prisoners • For the closure of the prison camps and the release of the captives. PRAY FOR THE HUNGRY According to the BBC, up to 3.5 million people have starved to death since 1995. In 2009, 8.7 million North Koreans (40 per cent of the population) were dependent on food aid. PLEASE PRAY • Ask the Lord to multiply food for the hungry, and pray that this year’s harvest will be larger than anticipated • Give thanks that in 2008/9 Open Doors was able to help more people • Ask God to bless Open Doors’ food distribution project. Pray for safety for those who deliver the food. PRAY FOR THE CHURCH Being a Christian is illegal and sharing the gospel is strictly forbidden. ‘Show churches’ are used to convince outsiders that there is ‘religious freedom’ in North Korea. Despite the dangers, Christians meet together in secret for Bible studies and training courses. PLEASE PRAY • Give thanks for the courage of Christians who continue to worship together • For protection for Open Doors workers who deliver Bibles and conduct training courses in secrecy • That those attending state churches will gain insight into the truth. PRAY FOR A BREAKTHROUGH Kim Jong-il is holding fast to his idea that North Korea is ‘paradise on earth’. In 2009 he demonstrated his ‘goodwill’ by releasing two American journalists and opening the border with South Korea. However, political negotiations with North Korea remain a challenge. PLEASE PRAY • That Kim Jong-il’s regime would be brought to an end and that his heart will be changed by the Lord • That people will see through the lie of idolatry and turn to the true and living God • That God would bring revival to North Korea. A PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED BELIEVERS IN NORTH KOREA Almighty God, ruler of nations, we bring before you the people of North Korea. You are the God who provides: give food to those who are hungry. You are the God who rescues: bring freedom to the captives. You are the Father to the fatherless: protect those who are vulnerable. A PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED BELIEVERS IN NORTH KOREA We remember especially those who pay a high price for following Jesus. Give strength to those in prison. May they know your grace sustaining them. Give courage to those who meet to worship you despite the dangers. May they find hope in your Word. Living Lord, we pray that your kingdom would come in North Korea. Let its citizens be governed with justice: may your people worship you in freedom. We ask this for the glory of your name, Amen.