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The Persecuted Church

Mission Global focuses on glorifying God by making disciples across cultural boundaries by proclaiming and practicing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, church communities all over the world will pause and pray for Christians who are persecuted and suffering for their faith.

We believe that with our freedom to pray and worship here in Canada; we have a responsibility to be a voice for our brothers and sisters who are being silenced.

This page is filled with resources that will direct you how to pray and act for the persecuted church. It is our sincere hope that you will help us share and tell the stories of the persecuted church as we come together during the month of November.

We have over #340million reasons to pray #forthesilenced.

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Over 340 million Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Each day in the month of November, Mission Global invites you to pray for the top 50 nations where persecution of Christians exists.

November 6th, 2022 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Please take some time in your services to acknowledge and pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer and are persecuted every day. We have over 340 million reasons to pray.

Together we can speak up #forthesilenced.

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Last year (2021) over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination

  • 4,761 Christians killed for their faith
  • 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
  • 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned

They are our brothers and sisters in Christ, we want to stand with them and be a voice.


Here's how you can take a stand

Get informed. Visit our resources where we have facts and articles that tell the stories of the persecuted church.

Get connected. Follow and like Mission Global on Facebook and Instagram. You can find us on any of these platforms by searching paocmissionglobal.

Get social. Share the facts and stories so the persecuted church won't be silenced. Use #forthesilenced and #340million when sharing your prayer for the persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.

Christians numerically suffer more than other faith groups or groups without faith around the world.

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Below are the names of the 50 nations we will be praying for daily throughout the month of November.


Top 50 Persecuted Countries 2022




The Persecuted Church: Pastor Released After Four Years in Prison

On September 18th, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom announced that Pastor A. Dao had been released from prison after being incarcerated for over four years. This decision came 11 months before his expected release.

Pastor Dao, who headed the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ, was an ardent advocate for his people as they frequently faced oppression from the Vietnamese authorities. He was arrested on August 18th, 2016, and then sentenced in April 2017 to five years' imprisonment for allegedly "helping individuals to escape abroad illegally." During interrogation, he was reportedly tortured in an effort to extract a confession. His wife explained that the prison guards had been using other inmates to beat him.

In making this announcement, USCIRF Commissioner James W. Carr stated, "I hope this release is a sign that the Vietnamese government is serious about improving religious freedom conditions." To learn more about the challenges facing Christians in Vietnam, go to our country report.

Praise God for this unexpected release! May the Lord's peace rest on both Pastor Dao and his wife, Nguyen Thi Tuoi. As Pastor Dao now adjusts to life outside of prison, pray that he will find safety and receive needed healing from the horrific abuse he endured while imprisoned. May his release be a hopeful indication that the authorities in Vietnam will indeed come to respect the religious rights and freedoms of all people.


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Here are some great resources we partner with in our advocacy of prayer for the Persecuted Church around the world.