Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mission in Morocco

Mission News Network reports that while conversion from Islam is not a criminal offense in Morocco, new believers have endured social ostracism.

The 1992 constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all, but it designates Islam as the state religion. Missionary work is not allowed, but there are foreign workers in other roles seeking to share their faith.   

According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada, any criticism of Islam is banned under the Penal Code and is punishable with up to five years in prison. Publications that could "threaten the fundamental institutional policies or religion of the kingdom" can also be banned.

Currently in North Africa, a team from IN Network is working to expand the correspondence course both in terms of numbers enrolled in the course and the Arabic countries into which it is sent. They are also concentrating more on church planting. Nationals are joining the ministry to handle this task.  

Retreats are planned to gather believers together so they will have a chance to meet other Christians and have an encouraging time of fellowship and teaching. 

IN Network also reports the Lord has opened another door for evangelism in Casablanca, the biggest city in Morocco. Plans are on track to open an evangelical center in 2009.

Pray for the right person who will take responsibility of the center as a worker of the Gospel. Pray, too, for those who are seeking Christ, that they will have the freedom to come to faith in Him without fear of punishment or harassment.


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