A new warning has been issued about persecution of Christians around the world in 2017. A ministry called Release International warns that violent attacks on Christians are expected to increase, based on the trends from 2016. “2017 looks set to be a harsh year for many Christians, under authoritarian regimes and at the hands of militants,” says Paul

Robinson, chief executive of Release. “Our Christian family will need our prayers and our practical support.” The Center for Global Christianity reports that around 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016. Release says many of those deaths came in Islamic countries. The ministry says persecution of Christians has been increasing from Islamic militants, and from the governments in Islamic countries as well. READ MORE