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When you think of persecuted Christians what comes to mind? China, the Middle East? What about Cuba, north and east African countries like Somalia, Libya, and Algeria. The Philippines and Malaysia? There are more than 60 countries that The Voice of the Martyrs Canada classifies as restricted, where laws allow the persecution and execution of Christians. Many more countries have legislation allowing Christians to worship but turn a blind eye to prejudice, persecution, and destruction of property. The Voice of the Martyrs Canada also reports that more than 200 million Christians are denied basic human rights based solely on their religion.
These places are difficult mission fields. Missionaries struggle to reach these people, the social and political persecution faced in these countries makes it very difficult for believers to gather or have access to Bibles or other biblical materials. The statistics gathered by ministries and non-profits are a best guess because much of the persecution happens in rural settings where authorities are not compelled to report violence or can't be bothered to.
Not Alone Any More
Many Christians in these persecuted areas cling to the broadcasts from TWR. Radios are more easily concealed and listened to in secret. They gather in small groups to listen to preachers and teachers and soak up every morsel of spiritual learning they can because they don't have Bibles or a trained pastor to lead them. Under a pillow at night, they are connected to the global church through TWR and grow in their faith.
"We were permitted to have portable radios...a group of us were trying to tune into a program and were surprised to find the Spanish transmission of Radio Transmundial (TWR) from Bonaire, Dutch Antilles. The reception was crystal clear, like we listened to a local program. It was the first time I had heard a program like that. To listen to sermons and Christian music in the middle of such difficult circumstances was an unexpected and valuable blessing." ~Alberto Gonzalez, TWR's Ministry Director in Cuba.
Join us in praying for those who are persecuted, mistreated, or imprisoned for their faith. Pray that the TWR signal they cling to remains strong, and that we are able to grow our ministry to reach even more of these people for the gospel.