David Curry is the president and CEO of Open Doors USA, a ministry that has worked for more than 60 years in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering and equipping persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries.
The purpose of the World Watch List began because the organization wanted to know where they needed to allocate their ministry efforts. David noted that today they want to: influence governments, show that persecution of Christians is real and not simply anecdotal, show how central religious freedom and freedom of conscience are to free governments and stable societies, and to remember that God has told believers to speak out and stand with those who are in chains for the name of Christ.
David listed the top 10 nations on the Persecution World Watch List which includes: (1)North Korea, (2)Afghanistan, (3)Somalia, (4)Libya, (5)Pakistan, (6)Sudan, (7)Eritrea, (8)Yemen, (9)Iran and (10)India.
David also defined what their organization means by ‘persecution’, how this uniquely affects women compared to men, the number of believers being persecuted, the impact of Islamic oppression, the sophistication behind China’s style of persecution, and much more.