LISTEN: David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, Says It’s a ‘Different World’ for Persecuted Christians Around the Globe

Indian Christian devotees pray on Good Friday in Jammu, India, Friday, March 29, 2013. Christians all over the world are marking Good Friday, the day when Jesus Christ was crucified. (Photo by Channi Anand/AP Photo)

The battle over the separation of church and state continues to rage in the United States, but David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, wants American Christians to know what persecution is like in other areas of the globe — and it’s a pretty shocking paradigm.

“It’s a different world,” Curry said in a recent interview on “The Pure Flix Podcast,” noting the intensity of the persecution in some countries. “What it can do for us, though, is to inform us and we can learn a lot from these people in these countries in our own walk. As such, I think they treasure scripture more.”

He continued, “They believe in worship together and church more — to be able to get together and talk about Jesus in safety and to let your kids go to church and learn are the kind of things that we so devalue in some ways and we can learn a lot from them.”

Listen to Curry discuss the shocking realities on the ground in Nigeria:

Curry explained that the fate of Christians in northern Nigeria is especially dire. Nigeria has an estimated 91 million Christians. There has been a rise in Christian persecution in the last decade, with an average of 10 Christians a day being killed for their faith.

“There are these Islamic terrorist groups with safe haven in the north and the government has done little to nothing to root them out,” he said. “That makes the north of Nigeria one of the most dangerous places for Christians.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post;, Billy Hallowell