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Libya has remained unstable and chaotic since the revolution and overthrow of its dictator in 2011. Three opposing governments vie for control, and the conflicts have severely damaged the country’s infrastructure and made gospel work in the country extremely difficult. Many missionaries and indigenous believers have been killed in recent years, and evangelical work in the country is ruthlessly opposed.
97 percent of Libyans are Sunni Muslims. 2 percent are Christians, including very few evangelicals.
Extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), operate throughout the country. Friends and family also severely persecute converts.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Libya:
Life is difficult in Libya, and the difficulties are compounded for Christians and especially Christian converts from Islam. There are few believers in Libya, and it is extremely difficult for them to practice their faith openly. Christians are rejected by their Muslim families and friends. They are beaten, lose families and jobs, and are sometimes killed. It is unknown whether any Christians are imprisoned in Libya, but it is considered likely.
Access To Bibles:
Access to Bibles is severely restricted; they are brought into the country with extreme difficulty and risk. Christians in Libya take great risks just to own a Bible, including digital formats used on smartphones and computers. Give Bibles
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- Pray for new churches that are being established.
- Pray that many will be reached through broadcast and internet evangelism.
- Pray for peace in Libya.
- Pray that secret believers will have fellowship with the Lord and with other Christians.
- Pray for those who must worship through online churches because of persecution.