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The Persecution

Christians are the world’s most persecuted people. 
From verbal harassment to death, persecution for professing faith 
in Christ is as old as Christianity itself.

Each Month:

250

Christians are killed for their faith

104

Christians are abducted

250 Million

Christians in over 60 countries face persecution for believing in Jesus

60+

Churches are attacked

Where We Work

Take Heart partners with local leaders in some of the most persecuted areas. Currently we work in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.

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Egypt

Persecution in Egypt varies.

+ Those with Muslim backgrounds face exile and often deadly danger from immediate and extended families.

+ Egyptian Christians are often unable to fellowship together largely in part to restrictions on building or securing places to worship.

+ Women, in particular, face discrimination in their workplaces.

+ Christians living in Upper Egypt are especially vulnerable to persecution due to extreme poverty plaguing the area.

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Iraq

Persecution in Iraq differs from region to region.

+ In 2014, ISIS forced thousands of Christians from their homes in northern Iraq. Once Mosul was liberated, Christians began returning home. But their villages were left in ruins. Many family members remain missing.

+ Christians in central and southern Iraq fear harassment and discrimination if they wear religious symbols.

+ Christians throughout the country sharing their faith often face persecution from authorities invoking blasphemy laws.

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Syria

More than 80 percent of the Syrian population live below the poverty line. Christians without an income are most susceptible to persecution because they are often given the choice to convert or starve.

+ Christians are fleeing the country in mass, making those who remain easy targets for attack.

+ Historical churches are being destroyed.

+ Christians are often forced to pay for protection against persecution from their perpetrators.

+ A nearly decade-long war is causing instability throughout the country.

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- John 16:33