The young believer, Ali*, is a former Muslim who gave his heart to Jesus four years ago. He was warned his faith might cost him, but he was ready to live the risk.
In Libya in recent years, if a Muslim converted to Christianity and refused to recant, the government sentenced him to death. But the law is supposed to be void now. De facto militias, though, still leave these laws open to interpretation. Law enforcement is not strong enough to withstand them.
Ali has found himself caught in the middle of chaos.
Authorities discovered Ali converted from Islam and detained him several times, urging him to renounce his faith. He would not.
Most recently, they gave Ali one last chance to save his own life, but he refused to deny Jesus. Now he is facing dire consequences that may come when we take up our cross. His life literally hangs in the balance.
This is a serious situation that requires our immediate prayers.