The Church Persecuted
Here, we aim to offer support for those committed to pray in support of Christians around the world who face persecution. In particular, we include below brief details of the nation for this month, provided from the Open Doors ministry. For further information to support you as you pray, click on the links at the bottom of the page.
WHO IS THE LEADER OF MALI?
President Ibrahim Bubacar Keitas the leader of Mali
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN MALI?
425,000 Christians live in Mali, making up just over 2 percent of the total population of 19.1 million. The majority of the population are Muslims.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN MALI?
Muslims in Mali are general moderate and tolerant of other faiths. However, since the civil war in 2012, millitant Islamic groups from the Arab and Tuareg tribes have been active, especially in the north of the country.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN MALI?
Christians are experiencing an increase in violence and hostility, especially those who openly share their faith. Believers from Muslim-backgound particularly suffer the trauma of rejection and intimidation from their families. Traditional and cultural norms mean that many Christian women and girls are subjected to sexual abuse, forced marriage, under age marriage, and are denied access to modern education. Kidnapped missionaries are still being held hostage.
Your support and prayers are providing vital aid for persecuted believers in Mali like Natasha. She is a believer fromMuslim background and her husband was killed for his faith. When she fled her home with her two children to escape the violence of the civil war, she was left with nothing. "I had nowhere to stay and no money ... I felt like I was chaff in the wind." Open Doors heard about her through her local church and provided her with support so she could rent a simple apartment.
"This help came just at the right time," says Natasha. "It borught a huge sigh of relief".
She still faces pressures from her Muslim neighbours. "They laugh at me when I sing and pray." But the love of Jeus is evident in her attitude toward her persecutors. "I am a Christian. I have to show love even to the worst of my enemies. Who knows, I might draw them to Christ, despite their attitude toward me".
For more details please see the following websites:
Open Doors Christian Solidarity Worldwide Release International