Nov. 1: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Oct. 30: Open Doors Holds Live Webcast to Boost Support for Persecuted Church

Last year was the worst year for persecuted Christians in contemporary history; beatings, rapes, kidnappings and killings all increased. Unfortunately, the situation appears to have worsened in 2015. Even Christian-majority countries are seeing increases in discrimination, exclusion and violence. The advancement of the Islamic State group and totalitarian governments like North Korea have contributed to the rise in persecution. To let persecuted Christians know they are not forgotten and to educate Americans about persecution, Open Doors USA is turning to technology to reach into homes and churches across the nation via the ministry’s second live webcast.

Nov. 1 marks the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In preparation, the public is invited to join a live webcast on Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. PT. During the live webcast, Open Doors USA will provide expert commentary and give viewers the chance to ask questions of persecuted Christians from Iraq and Kenya through a live chat. There will also be a rare interview with a North Korean woman who spent several years in a prison camp because of her faith in Christ.

According to Open Doors President and CEO David Curry, the greatest need expressed by the persecuted may surprise most American Christians. “Time and time again, those living under persecution and those who are refugees from it tell us that their greatest need is hope—hope found in their faith and hope born of the knowledge that Christians in the free world are remembering them in prayer,” said Curry.

WHAT: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church and live webcast with a live chat for individuals, small groups and churches

WHO: Hosted by David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA

Featured guests include:

  • Persecuted Christian from North Korea
  • Persecuted Christian from Iraq
  • Persecuted Christian from Kenya

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. PT 

HOW: Join by logging on to

About Open Doors USA:

For 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries in support of persecuted Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate on their behalf. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit