Over 1.5 million Moroccan Arabs live outside Morocco, in Europe and the USA. Of these, 33,000 live in the UK. In these nations, they have access to churches and the full Bible in their language, yet they remain unreached. Pray for audio and digital resources to be developed and used widely. Pray too that the Lord will call more Christians to share Jesus’ love with Moroccan Arabs, so that their lives will be transformed and the Good News will spread to their friends and families across northern Africa.
A midwifery team in Morocco long to see the work expand as there is much need, not only for medical help, but also to draw alongside those who mourn. Some women are terrified to deliver again because of the lack of care they have received in the past. One woman in particular, who is a second wife to an imam, lost her first baby during labour and is now pregnant with her second. The team have had a lot of good conversations with her husband about their faith as they took care of her. Pray for this imam and extended family to discover Jesus. Pray too for the team to see God bring more spiritual births in Morocco.
In the 1980’s radio broadcasting of the gospel in Morocco brought in a lot of interest, particularly from young men, and Bibles were distributed to those who wanted to learn more. Families of believers have since grown out of these roots, working among the Moroccan people, with some of the men becoming leaders of local fellowships. Pray for the fledgling Moroccan church, that believers would grow in boldness and faith. Pray for the leaders to increase their vision for the spread of the gospel.
Below what one worker recently wrote is a good reminder that, in a fast changing world, we need to make the most of every opportunity while it’s there. “There has always been some element of never knowing how long we’ll be allowed to stay in the country. However, in the last year that uncertainty has increased. A number of workers have been deported, and at least one now has a lifetime ban from the country. Pray for us, as a worker community, that we would have peace, knowing that God is sovereign and our times are in his hands, and pray too that we would make the most of every opportunity, while its there.”
Pray for Stories of Bahamman, a puppet show for children that teaches from the Bible about how God wants them to live. The programme is broadcast in Morocco in 15-minute episodes. Aimed at 5-8 year olds, the show deals with different issues children face or need to learn, such as obedience, honesty, cleanliness, good behaviour, looking after the environment, etc. Each lesson is taught by Ba Hamman, an elderly wise man dressed in traditional Moroccan clothes. At the beginning of each show he presents an issue to the children with a Biblical perspective on the theme using a variety of puppets in different environments.
In September, Mohamed el Baldi, 34, a Moroccan Christian from the town of Ain Aicha near Fes, was jailed for two and a half years and ordered to pay 5,000 dirhams (about £380) for ‘shaking the faith of a Muslim’. His sentence is considered harsh: the maximum punishment for evangelism is usually six months in jail. Mohamed, who became a Christian about seven years ago, was detained after his house was raided on 28th August. Propagating Christianity is prohibited by law in Morocco. Pray that God will be close to Mohamed el Baldi during his imprisonment. Pray that God will use him to show other prisoners His great love for the Moroccan people.
Some Moroccan believers have lost employment because of either direct or indirect discrimination. Christian men in particular need jobs in order to marry and establish believing homes. Men with families are often reluctant to share their faith with their wives and children. Please pray for the gospel to spread among families. Pray too for God's people to find work and to be treated justly in their employment.
Population: 33,848,242 (2014)
Official languages: Arabic
GDP (PPP) per capita: $8,194 (2015 est.)
Life expectancy: 72 years
Religions: 99% Muslim, 1% Christian, <1% other religions