CWN.com - A new report says that Christians in North Korea are persecuted harsher than in any other country.
That's the conclusion of Open Doors, a ministry to the persecuted church.
Open Doors put the communist nation at the top of its annual list of the world's worst persecutors of Christians for the sixth year in a row.
The ministry's Carl Moeller says there are between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians in labor camps in North Korea.
"This is a situation where thousands are being starved and worked to death every year," Moeller said. "By North Korean Christian estimates, they are putting the death toll at one per day, minimally."
Nevertheless, North Korea's Christians believe God will deliver their country from the curse of atheistic communism.
"It's one of the most inspirational things I've ever experienced in my spiritual life," said Moeller. "Praying with Korean believers and listening to them say that they believe that the axe is already laid at the root of the tree and the axe is the prayers of God's people and the tree is the tree of totalitarianism over North Korea."
Moeller is calling on the world's Christians to pray for the church in North Korea.
He says the Christians testify that they can literally feel the prayers of the global church.
Open Doors names the 50 worst nations in its annual list of persecutors.
Joining North Korea in the top five this year are: Saudi Arabia, Iran, the African island nation of Maldies and Bhutan in Asia.
On a positive note, Open Doors says there have been improvements in religious freedom in the communist nation of Vietnam.
Entire denominations and some house churches have been allowed to register with the government.
Although tribal Christians are still heavily restricted, the church in general is enjoying more freedom than it has in decades.
You can find the complete Open Doors list of the world's worst persecutors at CWNews.org.