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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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ISIS orange jumpsuits genocideAs persecution of Christians around the world increases, believers are being called to pray.

It's estimated that more than 7,000 Christians were killed last year because of their faith. And that's actually a conservative number, says Emily Fuentes with Open Doors USA

"Persecution over the past couple of years has significantly increased so much so that for the past couple of years we've been saying every year is now the worst in the modern era," says Fuentes. "That's very much true for the year 2016."

Christians in Pakistan, for example, still remember the 2013 suicide bombing at All Saints Church. The attack, carried out by the Taliban in Peshawar, killed 130 people and injured another 600.

William Stark of International Christian Concern says the attack at All Saints Church shocked people, who didn't expect the Taliban to target a church, but it actually marked the beginning of attacks on Christians.

The churches are required by the government to provide their own security, says Stark, making them appear liked armed fortresses instead of a public place where people are welcomed.

Fuentes is encouraging people and churches to participate in the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 6.

"We who have been blessed with resources and freedom can advocate for our brothers and sisters," says Feuntes. "But then there's so many spiritual lessons that we can learn from them and different perspectives that we can learn from them."  

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