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ICC Note: When Muslims convert to Christianity, they are putting everything in their life at risk because of a general lack of tolerance in the region. Oftentimes, these Muslim background believers will lose their family and jobs. Their personal safety is often compromised. Because of this risk, discipling new believers is a challenge.    

05/03/2018 Egypt (Mission Network News) –  Believers have been tortured and killed by members of ISIS for their faith, but have also been oppressed by society, resulting in beatings, imprisonment, and death.

“This part of the world is probably one of the most challenging places in the world because of the lack of tolerance for Christianity,” World Mission’s Greg Kelley says.

“When people come to know the Lord, they’re putting literally everything at risk, and many instances, when a Muslim comes to Christ, they lose their family relations, they lose their name, and in instances, they’re even killed or physically harmed.”

A report by Aid to the Church in Need looked at 13 countries with high persecution, including the nations of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan.

The report found that in 12 out of the 13 countries, there has been a spike in Christian persecution between the years of 2015 and 2017 compared to the years of 2013 to 2015.

Saudi Arabia was the one country that had not worsened in persecution, but this was because the situation could not get any worse.

Persecution in these nations was found to be mainly violent. Christians were raped, unlawfully imprisoned, and sometimes crucified.

Open Doors also released their 2018 World Watch List report in January, stating that about 215 million Christians are persecuted for their faith. The Jerusalem Post reported this represents about 1 in 12 Christians.

Despite the vast oppression, people are coming to know Christ. In the Middle East and North Africa, Kelley says many are willing to put everything at risk to praise and proclaim the name of Jesus.

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