Because of the sensitive nature of the work and location of some of our missionaries and national contacts, we cannot provide names and share specifics for all of our mission work. Many cultures and countries are closed to traditional missionary activity because of political, social or religious reasons. We have partnerships located in this type of environment. Please pray for them.
Jesus told His followers that the world would hate them because of Him. [Mt 10:22] It was true in the years as the church first began to grow and it continues to be true today. Over 2,000 years later. Verbal harassment with hostile feelings and attitudes are common in some areas of the world. Beatings, torture, imprisonment, discrimination and death may await Christians in other countries.
According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the people in this world live where there is severe religious restriction. Many of these people are Christian. Identified as the most persecuted religious group in the world, Christians face persecution in over 60 nations simply because they have chosen to follow Jesus.
Several of Park Chapel’s ministry partners come face to face with the risks involved in choosing Christ and taking seriously His command to go into all the world and make disciples. They may see Christian friends, church leaders, and brand new believers suffer. Loss of jobs. Loss of family and friends. Loss of freedoms. Loss of community standing. There is a reason there are so many places in the world that continue to be unreached with the Word of God. Followers of Christ are unwelcome. The hope, love, and grace expressed through a community of believers is absent.
At Park Chapel we stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. With compassion we choose to shine a light on the injustice, pray for those who suffer, and work to provide a way for Jesus to be made known.
You can learn more about the persecuted church and unreached people groups at Open Doors, the Joshua Project, and Voice of the Martyrs.