|Open Doors highlights the main trends:
1) Extremism and violence continue to rise
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has been in headlines around the world and their success has bolstered Islamic militants in other countries.
2) Violence in sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa remains a hotspot for violence from Islamic militants. This is particularly severe in Nigeria, but also in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Mali, Cameroon and Burkina Faso.
3) The global church is increasingly a refugee church
More than 84 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced and many of these are Christians fleeing persecution, which increased their vulnerability to discrimination, extortion, human trafficking and sexual violence.
4) Control tightens in China and elsewhere
The Chinese Communist Party demands conformity – an ordered, controlled society where freedom of speech and belief is carefully restricted. The authorities in China use increasingly sophisticated techniques to keep watch on citizens. In some regions, surveillance cameras are now in all state-approved religious venues. Other states have enthusiastically adopted this approach, most notably Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malaysia. Where China leads, others follow.