Thought for the day: Pray for persecuted Christians!

We have been commanded to pray continually, and especially for each other. We usually pray for those nearest us, people we know and are familiar with, including their problems and heart aches. When it comes to people in faraway countries with their different cultures and customs it is not so easy. But it is true that persecution of Christians is increasing, and there are now more Christian Martyrs than at any time in history, and is increasing.

The 2016 World watch list on Christian Persecution is out: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ and it lists the 50 countries with the strongest persecution of Christians. There are 57 countries participating in the Organization of Islamic Corporation (OIC), and makes for interesting reading, since a few of the countries have Christian majorities

What follows is a list of 70 countries to pray for: It consists of the 50 countries on the persecution watch list, and the 57 countries in OIC.

The list contains the name of the country, total population in millions (2014 estimate), Christian population in millions (estimate from Operation World with updates when known), GDP per capita (CIA 2014) and persecution index (from opendoorsusa.org).

First the 37 countries in OIC in order of persecution:

Republic of IRAQ                                 37    0.3      15,300    92      ISIS Sharia

Islamic Republic of AFGHANISTAN 33    0.001   1,900     88     ISIS Taliban Sharia

SYRIAN Arab Republic                       18    0.5        5,100     87     ISIS

Islamic Republic of PAKISTAN        192     4          4,700      87   ISIS Taliban

Republic of SOMALIA                        11     0.005      500       87    Failed state

Republic of The SUDAN                    41     3           4,300      84    Sharia

Libya                                                       6.3   0.15    15,900      79    ISIS

Republic of YEMEN                           27     0.01      3,800      78    ISIS   Sharia

Federal Republic of NIGERIA         186    90          6,100      78   ISIS   Sharia(north)

Republic of MALDIVES                       0.37  0.0003 13,300    76  Sharia

Kingdom of SAUDI ARABIA             32     1          52,300     76    ISIS  Sharia

Republic of UZBEKISTAN                 30    0.4         5,600     70

Turkmenistan                                       5     0.1       14,200      65

State of QATAR                                   2.3   0.2     137,200      65     Sharia

Arab Republic of EGYPT                   93     10       10,900      64     ISIS

(State of ) PALESTINE (authority)      5     0.07      4,900      62     HAMAS

BRUNEI-DARUSSALAM                     0.5   0.05    79,900      61

Hashemite Kingdom of JORDAN      9      0.2       12,000      59

Republic of DJIBOUTI                     0.9     0.04      3,100       58

MALAYSIA                                       30       2.2       25,100       58

Republic of TAJIKISTAN                 9       0.08        2,700       58

Republic of TUNISIA                     11       0.02       11,300      58

 Republic of AZERBAIJAN             10       0.4         17,800     57

People’s Rep. of BANGLADESH 163      1              3,400      57

People’s Dem. Rep. of ALGERIA  40      0.1         13,900      56   ISIS

Union of The COMOROS                0.8    0.005      1,500       56

State of KUWAIT                                4      0.2         70,700      56

Republic of KAZAKHSTAN           18      3.8         24,100      55

Republic of INDONESIA              260      40          10,700       55    ISIS  Sharia

Republic of MALI                           18       0.25        1,700        55     ISIS

Republic of TURKEY                     80      0.25      19,700        55

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES             9      0.5        66,300        55    Sharia

Kingdom of BAHRAIN                    1.4   0.08      49,000        54

Republic of NIGER                        21      0.05       1,100         53

Sultanate of OMAN                       4.7      0.08      43,800        53

Then the 20 Islamic Countries not in the top 50 on the persecution index

Republic of ALBANIA                    3        1.3          11,400

Republic of BENIN                      11         2.5         1,900

BURKINA-FASO (Upper Volta)   19         2.9         1,700

Republic of CAMEROON           24         13          3,000

Republic of CHAD                        14        3.2        2,600

Republic of COTE D’IVOIRE     23        7.5         3,100

Republic of GABON                    1.8       1.1        20,800

The Islamic Rep. of The Gambia 2         0.06       1,600

Republic of GUINEA                   13         0.5         1,300

Republic of GUINEA-BISSAU      1.9      0.2         1,500

Republic of GUYANA                  0.8      0.35        6,900

KYRGYZ Republic                        6        0.3          3,300

Republic of LEBANON                 6        1.3         18,100    ISIS Hezbollah

Kingdom of MOROCCO             34        0.03        7,800     ISIS

Islamic Rep. of MAURITANIA      4        0.004     4,300    Sharia

Republic of MOZAMBIQUE        28      12           1,200

Republic of SENEGAL              15        0.5        2,400

Republic of SIERRA LEONE     6.5      0.6        2,100

Republic of SURINAME              0.5     0.25      16,300

Republic of TOGO                     7.5       3             1,500

Republic of UGANDA                40      35           1,900

And finally 13 Non Islamic Countries on the Christian persecution index

North Korea                                          25        0.5        1,800       92

Eritrea                                                     5         2            1,200       89

Kenya                                                    48       36           3,100       68

India                                                   1326      30           5,800        68

Ethiopia                                               102       63          1,600        67

Myanmar                                              54          5           4,800       62

Central African Republic                     5          3.5            600       59

Laos                                                       7         0.14         5,000      58

China                                                1382        105        13,300       57

Tanzania                                               50          27          2,700       57

Bhutan                                                   3          0.01        7,700       56

Mexico                                                 129        120         18,000     55

Colombia                                              49           50         13,500    55

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lenbilen

Engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, and chip manufacturing. Presently adjunct faculty at PSU, teaching one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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