The world hates Christians because we follow Jesus; so says Matthew 10:22.
Christians in the United States, Canada, much of Europe and South America, and Russia are able to live and work in relative safety. However, in the middle east, east Asia, northern Africa and two western hemisphere countries, there is considerable danger.
Open Doors USA is an organization dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians around the world. Their 2018 World Watch map lists the Top 50 dangerous nations for Christians. The levels of risk run from High to Very High and finally Extreme.
There are 11 countries among the bad actors in the Extreme category: North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, and India.
Two dozen nations make the Very High list including a swath of the middle east, south and southeast Asia, and parts of Africa. The High persecution group has about 14 nations the likes of China, along with some middle eastern and African countries.
The High persecution list includes two surprising nations, Mexico and Colombia. In spite of their main religion being Christianity, these two countries represent a risk due to their inordinate levels of organized crime and corruption. Colombia ranked 56th and Mexico came in at 59th.
American and European Christian missionaries and volunteers should stay aware of changing conditions and get the most up-to-date and reliable information possible as they plan their work in any of these countries.
State Department Advisories
The U.S. State Department on August 22, 2018 issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution statement for Mexico due to crime. It stated widespread risk of violent crime, homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery. It recommended avoiding travel in the Mexican states of Colima, Guerro, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. The full advisory is Here
An advisory for Increased caution in Colombia travel was issued June 28, 2018. It listed crime and terrorism as potential risks. Specific Colombian departments noted are: Arauca, Cauca, Choco, Narino, and Norte de Santander. The full State Department advisory for Colombia is Here