Christians have been persecuted throughout the centuries. In fact, they are still being persecuted today by ISIS in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. While Christians are being killed by radical Islamists, their martyrdom is increasing Christianity in numbers. Muslim refugees entering Europe have converted in large numbers.
This comes as a huge surprise. In the Muslim world, a Muslim who converts to Christianity would be killed or imprisoned whereas a Christian converting to Islam is welcomed. Naturally, it is possible that some of these Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity only to increase their chances of winning asylum into Europe. Then again, this could be God's work because they continue to attend church and read the Holy Bible.
Muslims in Syria, Northern Iraq, and Afghanistan are converting to Christianity in huge numbers despite the fact that they risk rejection and possibly death from family members who chose to remain loyal to Islam. One Christian Church in Germany has gone from 100 to 600 in its congregation as a result of these conversions. (See the stories here and here.) In areas hit by ISIS, Christians are either being killed or driven away. However, the persecution of ISIS has also strengthened Christianity and allowed it to grow in non-radical Muslims who are sick of all the violence.
Persecution strengthens us. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and remember his teachings.....to love thy neighbor and thy enemy, to pray for all those who persecute us, to turn the other cheek rather than to retaliate in hate and anger. We are called to be witnesses. Hate only breeds more hatred and causes bitterness in one's soul.