By Leah Marieann Klett, The Gospel Herald.
On November 1st, Christians from around the world observed the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church by interceding not only for those who daily suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ, but for perpetrators of such violence.
According to persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, 80 percent of global persecution is directed against Christians as over 100 million believers face persecution each day. Such persecution around the world has increased this year, according to Open Doors President David Curry, due to the continued terror of ISIS in Iraq and Syria; Boko Haram’s rampages in Nigeria; the oppression of religious minorities in North Korea, and many other cases.
In an attempt to bring such stories to light, Open Doors, which this year celebrated its 60th anniversary, featured several Christian witnesses on its IDOP live webcast on Friday and took questions from social media users regarding the participants, who hailed from Kenya, North Korea, and Iraq.
One Christian woman who participated in the webcast, an educator from Kenya identified as Gladys, shared how she lost her husband, Benjamin, during attacks by a Muslim mob.
Watch the International Day of Prayer web cast