10/22/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) MOROCCO – Population: 36,6million, Christian 32,200
Morocco is ruled by a monarch who is purportedly a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad and intends to govern the nation with Islamic principles. Although the North African country has experienced 1,400 years of Islamic oppression, Morocco’s original inhabitants, the Berbers, were not Muslim. Islam was brought to the country by invading Arabs in the eighth century. Today, less than 1 percent of the population is Christian. The growth of Christianity has been slow, with a major setback occurring in 2010 when hundreds of missionaries were forced out of the country. With the rise of digital technology and social media, more Moroccans are coming to faith. Nearly all Moroccans are Sunni Muslims. The government is the main persecutor. Family, friends and communities also persecute Christian converts.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Morocco:
There are no church buildings in Morocco. Bible distributions and missionaries are not allowed in the country. It is difficult to find fellowship, but networks of underground churches have developed in recent years. Most believers have not had access to God’s Word or discipleship. A number of Christians have been imprisoned on charges of apostasy or proselytizing.
About 35 million people live in Morocco, but only a few printed Bibles exist in the country. It is difficult to get a Bible, but believers access Scripture through creative methods like digital files on SD cards, which they can use on their mobile phones and tablets.
Because they cannot get permission and official recognition to meet together publicly, Moroccan Christians meet in house churches; they are especially aware they are under close surveillance by authorities who monitor their activities. To ensure Moroccans are not attending services, expatriate churches are also monitored intensely. Expatriates accused of sharing the gospel in Morocco have been deported. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities, especially in rural areas, so they may be forced to keep their faith a secret.
Converts from a Muslim background are often the victim of physical or even sexual abuse at the hands of members of their (extended) family. Female converts have been forced to marry a Muslim man.
· Pray for a change in the Penal Code. The recurrent problem for Christians who are open about their faith relates to Article 220 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes “shaking the faith of a Muslim.” This puts many Christians who talk to others about their faith at risk of criminal prosecution and arrest. Pray that believes are emboldened to share the love of Christ.
· Pray for Christians who have difficulty finding a church to attend. Pray that they would not be discouraged or lose their commitment to meet with a church community.
While the law only punishes proselytization, converts to Christianity can be punished in other ways, for instance by losing inheritance rights and custody of children. Pray for protection against injustice.
· Pray to the Lord for the wisdom of believers caught by secret police.
· Pray to the Lord that believers will boldly share the gospel with their families.
· Pray to the Lord that all Christians will remain united in Morocco.
· Pray to the Lord that Islamic schools led by extremists will be closed.
· Pray that Bibles will become more accessible throughout the country.
· Pray that the Lord would be at work through his Holy Spirit and that hardship and persecution would be catalysts to a deeper, more intimate knowledge of Christ.
· Pray that the pastors and elders will also be built up in the Spirit and will be able to comfort others.
· Pray for that the Lord will give wisdom and protection to the NGOs who are doing covet ministry
· Pray to the Lord that He will protect Christian women and girls from sexual abuse and forced marriages to Muslims.
· Pray that the strong Christian messages on the internet that will encourage believers and let Muslims see and understand the Good News.
· Pray to the Lord as head of the church that He will grow and expand His church. That the forces of darkness will be bound and their efforts will be futile to prevent the church from expanding greatly.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for:
· Leah Sharibu and Alice, prisoners of Boko Haram, pray that they will be set free.
· Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison.
· Pray for Anita, an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime.
You are invited to join us on Thursday, October 22 in a prayer call for the persecuted church.
Andy, Persecution Watch Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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