Kingdom of Morocco
Challenge for Prayer
The indigenous Church emerged into the nation’s awareness, thanks to a media that reports obviously inflated numbers of converts to Christianity. The mostly negative press nonetheless serves to make Moroccans aware that some of their countrymen left Islam to follow Christ. There are many prayer needs for this national Church:
a) Fellowship and unity are essential in a Church that meets almost entirely in homes, and where many believers have little to no fellowship. There is a strong and growing informal network of indigenous Christians throughout the country; pray this network extends as believers travel to visit family groups and individuals, often isolated. Pray that no divisions upset this.
b) Strength and perseverance for those under pressure from family, police or religious authorities. Intensified persecution and media attention have created opportunities for witness for those bold enough to take a stand. Pray that the community of believers might grow amid such persecution as it did in the years of the early Church, through faith, witness, mutual support and encouragement.
c) Discipleship of believers is always difficult in a context of persecution, isolation and fear. This is intensified here by lack of Scripture and teaching materials, low levels of literacy and a shortage of established mature leaders. Pray that believers might increasingly engage with Scripture, focus on Christ, understand their faith and welcome newcomers.
d) Leadership development and training are needed. Pray for programmes that will reliably reproduce solid leaders. Pray that there may be God-given, Spirit-gifted leadership for every group of believers.
e) Christians’ practical needs. Believers often have difficulty finding jobs, education and spouses. Christian families are integral to building solid house churches.
f) Official recognition by the government of the legitimate existence of Moroccan believers and their identity as genuine Moroccans.
Challenge for Prayer
There are only a handful of Christians among this entire people, but we see a new day of growth and witness among the Saharawi through low-key mission work and national believers. There are openings for ministry to refugees through relief and development, and difficult political and living conditions lead to considerable openness. The JESUS film is available and the Hassaniya NT is in preparation. Pray for those who are, and could be, serving among them.