Leader: Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj
How many Christians?: 34,500 (0.5% of the population)
World Watch List Rank: 4
“‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,’ He said to me. Then he was gone.”
Maizah, Libyan Christian
Libyan Christians have to keep their faith entirely secret, and churches for Libyans are forbidden. It’s illegal to share the gospel with Muslims, and Christians who publicly express their faith or share it with others risk being arrested or attacked by their families and communities. Without a single central government, much of Libya is effectively lawless, adding to the violent persecution and pressure felt by Christians in the country. While migrant Christians are allowed to practise their faith in Libya, many have paid the ultimate price; In 2016 79 Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees were kidnapped by IS militants and 30 of them were killed. Believers who share their faith publicly risk arrest and violence.
Lord, we ask for Your blessing on Libya and those who follow You there. Please give strength and perseverance to those who cannot publicly praise You or have any semblance of church life. Protect them from violence and kidnapping, and change the hearts of those who persecute Christians. Amen.
Libyan Christians from a Muslim background face violence from their families and communities unless they renounce their faith in Jesus. Maizah (not her real name) and her family fled to Egypt when civil war came to Libya, and there she met a woman who told her about Jesus. She went back to Libya but had to flee again when the Christians she was secretly meeting with were arrested. She thought her family would protect her when they tracked her down – but they beat her, and tried to force her into marriage with a Muslim man. Luckily she managed to get away to a safe house, and is now safe in another country.
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Libya. Your prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
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