Please pray for political stability and the installation of a government that protects religious freedom. Please pray the rule of law will apply and be enforced across Libya, in a fair manner. Please pray for an end to the killing of and all manner of violence and abuse against Christians, including kidnapping for ransom by militia groups, and to discriminatory policies targeting church operations. Please pray for conditions allowing the church to flourish and that more and more of God’s children in Libya will come to know Jesus; and allowing Christians, including converts to freely express their love for God.
Libya has historically been one of the hardest places in the world for the gospel to penetrate. Pray that more people living in Libya will be able to access the gospel through people around them, through Scripture and through various media. Pray that God will provide opportunities for people to hear about Jesus.
The Western Punjabi people group is found in Afghanistan and Libya. In both these countries, they are highly unreached and in need of workers. Please pray for workers to go to these countries specifically to reach the 105,000 Western Punjabis. In total, there are over 2 million Punjabi people in the world, living in 18 countries, 16 of which are classed as unreached. Please pray for the 46 workers estimated to be needed to take the good news to Punjabi communities.
Libya has been one of the hardest places in the world for the gospel to penetrate. Pray for the country and for opportunities for people to go there. Pray for the government in Libya. Pray that God would raise up men and women of integrity, wisdom, and with the good of the people as their priority. Pray that more people living in Libya will be able to access the gospel through people around them, the Word of God, and various media. Pray that God will provide opportunities for people to hear about Jesus.
Almost every day, men, women and children drown or are rescued from boats sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. These people pay large sums to make a perilous journey, most often setting out from the shores of Libya. Most are sub-Saharan Africans seeking a better life in Europe. Libya’s human trafficking is controlled by its militia. It is a lucrative business. The smugglers do not care about the lives of migrants and the coastguard is often complicit. Young Libyans, lured by money, are also being recruited to help with the smuggling process. Pray that the stronghold of people trafficking would be broken in Libya and that those directly involved in people trafficking would wake up to the reality of what they are doing. Pray for all those who have been affected by people trafficking.
Libya is experiencing tribal unrest, civil war, multiple governments claiming authority, poorly resourced medical care, and is the epicenter of human trafficking across the Mediterranean Sea. It is also facing pockets of extremism, including IS. There are very few national Christians and most foreigners have had to leave the country. In a hopeless situation, we know that God can change hearts, allow people to forgive, bring about healing and bring eternal hope. Pray that Libyans who are seeking answers would find hope and peace in Jesus Christ. Pray for peace and stability in Libya, allowing the gospel to spread freely.
The continued conflict and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are directly impacting the lives of more than 50 million Arabic speakers. As a result, there is a spiritual hunger for truth, change and peace. Amidst danger and uncertainty, SAT-7 viewers are grappling to live faithfully for God. One way in which SAT-7 is seeking to teach and equip Christians is through the TEACH project (Theological Education for Arab Christians at Home). TEACH aims to provide systematic theological teaching for Arab believers who often have no other means of receiving it. Please pray for all those receiving this teaching to be built-up and equipped to share the gospel and spread the flame.
The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya used live television to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution. Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC has become a mouthpiece for the families of the young men over the last six weeks since they were first abducted. Please pray that the martyrdom of these men will have significant impact on those who hear about it. Pray for their families as they display forgiveness showing the love and mercy of Christ in the face of persecution.
The violence in Libya is sadly continuing but, despite this, dozens of mission workers continue to minister there, coordinating their efforts through a network that has been built on the foundation of 15+ years of partnership. Almost half of the Christian workers do not come from traditional sending countries but rather from other Arab-Muslim lands. Pray for them and also for the small number of Libyan believers, who are often isolated and scattered, hungry for fellowship.
There is an African proverb which says, “When elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers the most”. Where there is conflict it is always the most vulnerable, defenceless and innocent who suffer - often that means children. The on-going conflict in the Middle East and North Africa may no longer be taking centre stage in our news, but from Tunisia to Bahrain uprisings and political unrest continue to severely affect people’s everyday lives. In many of these countries, children were already struggling to get access to food, healthcare and education. The unrest is turning many children’s daily lives into a fight for their very survival. Pray that God would move powerfully to bring about peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and for Christians in the affected countries, and throughout the world, to speak out on behalf of the children who are suffering.
As Gadhafi was falling in 2011, thousands of heavily armed Tuareg fighters in southern Libya fled to northern Mali. By denying people their right to education, Gadhafi's rule left behind a potential breeding ground for terrorism. There is a danger that al-Qaida could make inroads among Libya's impoverished and alienated Tuareg. Living in mud-brick slums or camps in the deserts of southwestern Libya, most Tuaregs were never given citizenship under Gadhafi's rule, though he used their fighters as mercenaries. Now they suffer not only from poverty but from the disdain of Libyans who see them as Gadhafi loyalists. The Tuareg are an ‘unengaged’ people - no one is reaching them. Pray for those that God has called to reach the Tuaregs to obey, as well as for the translation of the Bible into the Tuareg language.
Having been forced to leave the more prosperous regions of Libya, the Berber people are now numerous in Morocco and Algeria. Approximately 270,000 remain in Libya; the majority are Sunni Muslims who belong to a tiny Islamic sect called Ibadaya. Berber villages in Libya are small and difficult to reach. Many of them live underground in cave-like houses carved vertically or horizontally into the soft limestone and marlstone. Ask God to provide the resources needed to reach the Berber, both geographically and spiritually. Ask God to soften the hearts of the Berber people toward the gospel and pray for teams of believers to be raised up who will live and work among them.
Population: 6,541,948 (2015)
Official languages: Arabic
GDP (PPP) per capita: $13,501 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 75 years
Religions: 96% Muslim, 2% Orthodox, 1% Catholic, 1% other religions