Iran made it to Open Doors USA's World Watch list as number two as the runner-up to North Korea! This means that Iran is number two on the scale of the top 50 countries where persecution is the worst! (You'll find it interesting to note that Pakistan -- which we have been covering in-depth on this blog -- is number eleven on the list.) Please pray for Iran, and while you're at it, check out this amazing story of a missionary who was held hostage in Iran.
Open Doors USA is a ministry of Brother Andrew that is dedicated to "strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ's light in these dark places." You can read a review I wrote on one of Brother Andrew's touching books on persecution in the Middle East here.
Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a sneak preview of the first chapter of their new book The Privilege of Persecution and learn how to win a copy!
I encourage you to pray for all of our brothers and sisters around the globe who are persecuted for their faith.