|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Beji Caid Essebsi|
Tunisia: Growing Hostility.
The church in Tunisia is growing. Many are interested in the Christian faith, but this doesn’t come without opposition. Muslims make up 99% of the population and Islamic militants are targeting Christians. The government is unable to protect their freedom at this stage and believers are vulnerable to persecution.
Between 3,000-5,000 Tunisians have flocked to Syria to join the Islamic state. Many are worried when they return home they will be a serious threat to Christians. Already, those who convert from Islam are being locked up by their own families. It is nearly impossible to read the Bible or attend church.
Automatically A Muslim.
Every citizen of Tunisia is registered as a Muslim. Changing their official documents is impossible and has serious consequences. Many believers are kicked out of school and university; some are forced to marry a Muslim. Christians' businesses are attacked.
Access To The Word.
It is very difficult for pastors to publish or hand out Bibles. Without Arabic translations of the gospel it can be hard for churches to grow. Open Doors is working with local partners to make sure leaders get the right training and that people have access to the word of God.
Pray for believers to be bold in their faith.
Pray for open discussions about religious freedom to continue. Pray that believers will one day be able to worship and evangelise freely.
Pray for those being persecuted by their families and friends. Pray that they will be able to forgive and share the love of God with their persecutors.