There is one church, called the body of Christ. Yes, the church is fractured into 30,000 denominations but we serve the same Lord and Savior.

How far does our spiritual concern reach? It is easy to become totally localized. We can not keep up with the entire world and the global body of Christ, but we should respond when major tragedy or victory hits.

Many believers are responding in prayer for the Easter Sunday attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, where the death total is near 300.

More American Christians know of the endless violence against believers in Nigeria, and prayer for the believers is increasing.

The re-elected Muslim Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, means the church faces more years of no government or police protection from the Muslim terrorists.

In China, the Communist government has mushroomed persecution against the church. Besides shutting down churches the Chinese government announced citizens will only receive welfare if they renounce their religious beliefs.

In Kuwaiti, cleric Othman al-Khamis is calling his followers to kill Christians. In Pakistan, the honor killing of Christian women continues at a terrifying rate. In America, the dislike for Christians continues to grow, and sometimes not quietly!

Good news also flows out of the persecuting world. Egypt recently approved 111 new churches! In Laos, the goal is to bring in 20,000 new Bibles over the next two years.

New efforts are underway to help under-ground pastors in India. This includes Bibles, bicycles, and food for the pastors planting new churches in hundreds of villages.

The church in Iran and China continues to grow in the face of growing abuse from the governments.

Thank you for your concern, and your prayers for our brethren around the world!

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. He pastors Faith Church of Grove on East Highway 10.