John 16:2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
A new report from Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shows that one Christian is being martyred worldwide every five minutes.
Massimo Introvigne told a conference there are about 105,000 Christians killed every year for their faith. That number doesn’t include victims of war.
“If these numbers are not cried out to the world, if this slaughter is not stopped, if it is not acknowledged that the persecution of Christians is the first worldwide emergency in the matter of violence and religious discrimination, the dialogue between religions will only produce beautiful conferences but no concrete results,” Introvigne said according to Zenit.org.
The data also showed that between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are being held in North Korean prison camps.
The report’s publishers said they were making the information available for Christians to keep in mind during the upcoming National Day of Prayer.
“I think it’s important considering all that has happened in the last year, from Iraq to Syria, to the issues of persecution in North Korea; that we have a time here in America to come together and pray as one body of believers for the people who are part of our family, who are persecuted,” Open Doors CEO and President David Curry said.