PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for Morocco to remain proactive in its efforts to combat terrorism.
     
  • Since 1975, Morocco has occupied the Western Sahara and continues to fight a war there with Saharawi liberation movement. Pray for a resolution for more than 25 years of conflict and pray that the Saharawi can be returned to their homeland.
     
  • Moroccons have a pride in their country as a center for Islamic learning and heritage. Less than 5% of the population have ever met a Christian or heard the Gospel. Pray that God would open doors for Christians to be a witness for Him.
     
  • Pray that there would be greater freedom for Christians to share their faith, and for protection for Muslims who want to find out more about Christianity. Pray for the safety of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs).
     
  • Pray for the safe distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials.



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FACTS
Population: 32,401,000
Total People Groups: 31
Unreached People Groups: 26
Region: Middle East/North Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard)
Secondary National Language: French
Religions:  Islam 99.6%, Christian 0.2%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 29
Percentage of People in Poverty: 15%

LOCATION
Morocco, officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has international borders with Algeria to the east, Spain to the north. To the south, lies the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony that was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Morocco claims that the Western Sahara is part of its territory and refers to that as its Southern Provinces. Morocco is comparable in size to Iraq, and is somewhat larger than the U.S. state of California.

RELIGION
Sunni Islam is the state religion and the government is committed to preserving Islam as the religion of all Moroccons, 99.8% of whom are Muslims. Christians are only .10% of the population.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Morocco is ranked No. 40 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians, based on Open Doors 2008 World Watch List. Any Muslim converting to Christianity could face persecution. There are some Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches, which are recognized by Morocco, but they are only for foreigners living in the country. Moroccan Christians have no right to pray in these churches. But many of the converts are baptized secretly in Morocco’s churches. Thousands of people are reportedly converting into Christianity from Islam in Morocco. Earlier this year, a Moroccan court in Agadir jailed German tourist Sadek Noshi Yassa, 64, for six months for attempting to convert Muslims in November 2006. Yassa, who is of Egyptian origin, was arrested for distributing books and CDs about the Christian faith to young Muslim Moroccans in the street. A court also fined him the equivalent of $60.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors