Christians in Algeria and Morocco were recently detained and questioned by police regarding their religious beliefs. The three men (2 in Algeria and 1 in Morocco) were released after hours of interrogation. The men were detained because each one carried a Bible. In both countries the detentions were illegal.
Mohammed El Baldi, a Christian pastor in Morocco, was arrested on August 28, 2013, and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on Monday, September 2 for sharing his religion. Mohammed, 34 years old, became a Christian 7 years ago, and has admitted to taking classes to learn about Christianity. The speed with which Mohammed was arrested, tried, and convicted has lead human rights activists to question the quality of the “due process” in this case. In addition, his sentence is 5 times longer than that allowed by Moroccan law, and the fine 10 times larger.
What you can do:
Please pray for Mohammed, and the Christians of Morocco, who are stunned by the severity of this sentence.
Lord, we are surprised by the speed of this conviction, and saddened to hear that it does not comply with Moroccan law. We lift of Mohammed to You, and ask You to fill him with Your love, joy, and peace, even in this dire situation. Remind him that Jesus was imprisoned and persecuted, even killed, for sharing his message, as well. Open up the hearts and minds of all those who now “live’ with Mohammed. Make him a shining light in a dark place. Use him to bring love, joy and peace to all those around him. May he have a rich harvest of spiritual blessings in his imprisonment. Help him to count it all joy, and flood his life with the fellowship of the sufferings of Jesus. Protect him. Defend him. Support him. Love him. In the mighty, healing, royal name of Jesus, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Jesus is Lord of all!
Source: Open Doors
Several secret Christians were arrested as they were eating together at a cafe in Morocco in early March. Two younger men were released later the same day, and the older man was held for several days, but later released. The families of the young men did not know they were believers, and one of the families expelled the son for his religious beliefs.
Police also visited several other homes that day. The following day another believer was arrested, but he was also later released.
According to reports from Voice of the Martyrs, there is a great deal of tension in Morocco. Pray for the believers there. Pray that they will stand strong, and that God will work among the authorities to bring about greater religious freedom in that country. Please also pray for protection for people whose names were given to the police.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs Be-a-Voice Network bulletin.
Loving Heavenly Father,
You know how Your children are suffering in Morocco. They must hide to stay safe–hiding even from their own families. I pray for these young men who were arrested. I thank you that they have all been released, and I pray that you will keep them safe from future harm. Lord, I have no idea what it must be like for the young man who was expelled from his family. I pray that Your family will more be more than enough for this devastating loss. I pray that Your children will house him, feed him, clothe him, support him, accept him, and love him with all the love that You pour out through them. I pray that You will strengthen all the believers in Morocco, that You will calm the tensions, and bring religious freedom to that country. I pray for all the believers who have been identified to the authorities. I pray that their names will be lost, erased, and they will be hidden from those who seek evil against them. I pray that for every episode of persecution, thousands more people will come to know You through the testimony of those who are suffering. Let freedom ring among your people of Morocco. Blessings, peace, joy, and release be to my brothers and sisters in Northern Africa.
In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen!