Information from Open Doors Philippines.
Citizens are Muslims by default. The government restricts the evangelization of Muslims and the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials. Conversion to another religion is punishable by death. Extremist group al-Qaeda in the Maghreb is gaining support and is also monitoring Christians in the country. In 2010 a young woman was beaten and burned to death by her family when her Christian faith was discovered. Over 20 Christians – some with children – received dead threats and most had to flee their homes to escape a similar fate.
• That this young church will become deeply rooted in faith, so it can withstand the storms of persecution
• For wisdom for Christian parents as they bring up their children in a Muslim society that can be very hostile
• That believers will be equipped and trained to reach people groups who never heard the gospel.
Mauritania is 14th on the World Watch List of nations where Christians are persecuted.
There are around 8,400 Christians in a population of about 3.3 million.
According to Voice of the Martyrs, Christians were accused of burning Qu’rans and other Muslim holy books this April. The result was a nation-wide cry for Sha’ria law to be applied to Christians.
Pray for God’s divine intervention to ease tensions and bring stability to Mauritania. Pray for the protection of believers in Mauritania and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the nation.