Persecuted Believers in MENA Countries Face Increasing Danger During Christmastime

Niger Christians worshiping in their church after it was attacked and burned. (Photo, caption courtesy of 8thirty8)

Christmas church services are a staple for Christians around the world today. But would you still go to the Christmas service at your church if it meant risking your life? The lives of your loved ones? The lives of your kids?

For many believers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), that risk during Christmastime is very real. Muslim extremists often see the Christian holy day as an ideal time to attack believers.

Tom Doyle with Uncharted Ministries says, “We think about [Christmas] in the States: ‘Oh, it’s a time to reflect and be with our family….’ We praise God that we live in a country where we have the freedom to worship Jesus, but many do not.

“These are hot times for believers that live in a context of being surrounded by Muslims that are not open to their faith and probably don’t want them expressing their joy and happiness during this time.”

Uncharted is taking the Gospel to Jews and Muslims in the Middle East as well as supporting persecuted Christians there.

“We just got stories out of Egypt about leaders that were shot. And [there is] difficulty in Pakistan and in Africa, cases that just happened this week of overt persecution. Some were killed for their faith.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh