Around the world there are 340 million Christians facing high persecution for their faith.
Voice of the Martyr's has just released its 2021 Global Prayer Guide, helping people pray for Christians that need it most due to persecution.
For people who are interested, the 100-page guide offers backgrounds, insights, and specific requests from people and places that may not be highlighted in the media.
Todd Nettleton with VOM USA says that the persecuted Church consistently asks to share needs with their Christian brothers and sisters so that they might pray for them.
"The first thing they ask of us is that we pray. And so the global prayer guide from Voice of the Martyrs, which now we have the brand new 2021 edition out, is a tool to help American Christians answer the requests of our persecuted brothers and sisters," says Nettleton to Mission Network News.
According to Open Doors USA, in the last year 4,761 Christians were killed for their faith. The top five countries where Christians face the greatest persecution are North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan.
Church buildings have also been destroyed or vandalized and people have been put in jail or beaten with no other cause than their beliefs.
Nettleton says, "The Global Prayer Guide gives us the background to be able to pray effectively and specifically about that country. It will tell you, ‘Hey, what is the status of the church in that country? Who are the persecutors? What motivates them to come against the church? How hard is it to get a Bible in that country?’"