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Morocco
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Overview:

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.

Major Religions:

Nearly all Moroccans are Sunni Muslims.

Persecutor:

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.

Access To Bibles:

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. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM supports various forms of outreach and provides aid to new converts. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the wisdom of believers caught by secret police.
  • Pray that believers will boldly share the gospel with their families.
  • Pray that Christians will remain united in Morocco.
  • Pray that Islamic schools led by extremists will be closed.
  • Pray that Bibles will become more accessible throughout the country.