I have given much thought about how to present the numbers I am going to share with you, concerning how much of the world’s population is under persecution … what percentage of our earth’s population is suffering persecution, just because of their belief in Jesus …much thought … I feel there is no need to “comment” on the numbers … rather, to just let the numbers “speak” for themselves … as they have to me.
It began when I received a free prayer guide entitled “Christians Facing Islamic Extremists,” from “The Voice of the Martyrs,” a ministry we strongly support. I ordered the guide, in an effort to find out more. As I learned about each group, and the countries they were operating in, I would place my fingers on the globe, each finger “on” a specific country, where Islamic Extremists are actively, and aggressively, operating. As God led … I needed to find out more …
I didn’t know that Islamic Extremists were aggressively active in the Philippines, for example. Or, Kenya … just to name a couple of countries I learned about. As I wrote previously, this was not to “single out” a certain group, but, an effort to learn more about what is really happening “out there.” I didn’t realize there were 8 different groups involved … not just “ISIS.” 8 groups, just in this “mindset,” which were actively and aggressively targeting Christians.
It really opened my eyes. I wondered, “How many people, around the world, are affected by Islamic Extremists? I know … I know … Christians around the world are “marked” by many different groups, but for now, I only wanted to find out about those people in countries which are directly affected by the work of these 8 groups. So, I did some math … in fact, I had to borrow a “Scientific Calculator” from the Math Department, as I could not find a calculator which would go into Billions, which is 10 digits … I then had to learn how to use the calculator …
Here is a look at the numbers:
I used the “worldometers” website for the population numbers. I began this research two weeks ago; some of the numbers are from then, and some, I updated just today, Saturday, April 2, 2016.
At 2:00 PM today, the world’s population is listed at
Again, I only wanted to find out how much of the world’s population is affected by just the 8 different groups identified as having “Islamic Extremists” actively and aggressively operating within their borders.
Note that this list does not include China, which has a population of 1,408,334,566; India, with a population of 1,326,801,576; or North Korea, with a population of 25,281,327.
According to worldometers website, China has 18.6% of the world’s population, and India has 17.9% of the world’s population.
Just think: 36.5% of the entire earth’s population live in China and India.
The United States, with 324,118,787 population, has what seems like a “meager” (by comparison) 4.4% of the earth’s population.
Here, in alphabetical order, is a listing of the countries in which these 8 groups are actively, and aggressively operating in, and the population of each country:
Algeria- 40,320, 000
Egypt-90,125,000 (Most populous country in North Africa and the Middle East)
Niger- 17,138,000 (Country with the highest total fertility rate-Births per 1000 women)
Nigeria-183,500,000 (Most populous country in Africa)
Saudi Arabia- 30,770,000
The total population of just these countries:
This is 13% of the entire world’s population.
The population of China, India, and North Korea is
If you add the populations of the countries listed in alphabetical order above (those with the 8 Islamic Extremists operating actively and aggressively in), to the combined population of China, India, and North Korea, you get this total percentage:
Yes … that is 37% of the entire world population.
Note that this (the 37%) does not include the country of Belgium, which is listed at 11,161,887.
Nor, does it include many nations which are specifically hostile to Israel.
It also does not include the country of Cuba
(population 22.7 million), who deemed it necessary to jail certain pastors and believers prior to the recent Presidential visit to “make sure there would be no ‘distractions’ during the President’s visit.”
The numbers, and actions, speak for themselves. Here is a list of resources relative to this research:
Link to Worldometers (World Population Link)
Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-Part One
Cuban Pastor Thrown in Prison During President’s Visit
Prayer Guide from The Voice of the Martyrs
“If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”