A Post-Gadhafi Libya

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

With the apparent death of Moammar Gadhafi, many Libyans are celebrating the dawn of a new era. Gadhafi had dictated the country since 1969, greatly mistreating his people; especially non-Muslims.

Christians in Libya faced great persecution while Gadhafi was in power. Under Gadhafi, Libya was forced to adhere to Islamic law and all citizens were Sunni Muslims ‘by definition’. The Gadhafi regime criminalized evangelism and converting from Islam brought social pressure and ostracism, making most Libyan Christians afraid to meet with other believers. The large network of secret police made it difficult to organize church activities and many expat churches had their permits withdrawn.

Gadhafi was a cruel leader and all Libyans suffered under his dictatorship. Now, as Libya enters into a new era, it is vital that we pray. Please pray that in the new Libyan society, Christians would be granted more religious freedom. Pray that they would be free practice their faith and that they would be able to minister to their Muslim neighbors.

As more information continues to rise to the surface, we remember that we serve a powerful God. He hears our prayers and cares greatly for the people of Libya. Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for this nation!