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A Thriving Libyan Church is Only History

April 2, 2015 by Open Doors in Africa

Libya has a very long Christian heritage. It is said that Simon of Cyrene, who helped carry Jesus’ cross, was from what is now known as Libya. Also, on the day of Pentecost, people from Libya are mentioned being in Jerusalem.

In the first centuries after Christ, there was a big church in both Cyrene (in the east) and in Tripolitania (in the west). With the emergence of Islam in this country, the church was almost obliterated between the 7th and 12th century. Christianity never faded from Libya, but it was almost all foreign churches where only foreigners visited and worshipped.
 
Today, Libyan Arabs are one of the most unreached people groups in the world. No form of evangelism or missions work is allowed in Libya. Congregations of expatriates are able to meet. However, they are closely monitored, and a Libyan would not be able to attend for fear of being watched, betrayed, imprisoned, or even killed.

Please pray:

  • That some semblance of peace and a stable central government will come to the country, which is a failed state
  • That Muslim Background Believers will not be targets of their families or their communities
  • For God’s, people inside and outside the country, to encourage those Christians in the crosshairs of Islamic militants and violence

In the first centuries after Christ, there was a big church in the east and west. With the emergence of Islam in this country, the church was almost obliterated. Today, Libyan Arabs are one of the most unreached people groups in the world…

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