by Sally Matheny
|Students with Bibles|
The effect of supporting “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” is greater than you think.
There are 195 independent countries in the world, plus approximately 60 dependent areas and five disputed territories.
According to Open Doors USA, the following countries are where Christians endure the most severe persecution for their faith:
1. North Korea
Bibles in their native languages are banned in many of these countries. Persecution includes oppression, imprisonment, and death. While we sympathize, many of us choose to isolate ourselves from the terrors abroad. Those countries are far away from us.
Guess which country ranked #40 on the list of 195 for persecuting Christians?
Our next-door neighbor, Mexico. That totally surprised me.
We can visit Open Doors USA and Voice of the Martyrs for better understanding and to learn ways to help.
But, what does all that have to do with our country and Bring Your Bible to School Day?