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Comoros
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Overview:

Comoros is among the poorest nations in the world, with less than 1 million people and few economic and educational opportunities. Comorians have no religious freedom, and leaving Islam is illegal. Sharing the gospel and discipling new believers are also highly restricted and can lead to expulsion for foreigners and brief imprisonments for locals. The strongest deterrent to becoming a Christian is societal pressure. Those who leave Islam to follow Christ are usually ostracized by their family and community. Some Christian organizations are allowed to operate, but they are strictly monitored and restricted to humanitarian projects. Despite these challenges, the gospel continues to spread inside the country.

Major Religions:

Nearly 99 percent of Comorians are Sunni Muslims.

Persecutor:

Anyone who leaves Islam is persecuted by family members and also risks possible persecution by the government.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Comoros:

Believers must meet in small groups and can share their faith only through one-on-one relationships. When they gather to read their Bibles or speak about their faith, they risk persecution from the community as well as imprisonment by the government. For example, when five believers hosted a Christian debate in a private residence, they were imprisoned upon their discovery. Prison terms are generally short, and treatment of Christians is usually left to the discretion of local village leaders.

Access To Bibles:

Translating the Bible into the native languages has been slow and difficult, with only portions of the Scripture available after more than a decade of work. Most Comorian believers have digital versions of these translated portions on their smartphones. Give Bibles

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Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that more bold evangelists among the Malagasy people will reach out to Comorians.
  • Pray that Christian workers will remain encouraged by the gospel of Christ as they minister.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to best reach the Comorian people.
  • Pray for the translation of the Bible into Comorian dialects.
  • Pray for leaders, pastors and Christians forced to rebuild their lives after being displaced.
  • Pray for new believers, who are persecuted and ostracized when they come to faith.