Christian Faces “Real Life” Test During Religious Freedom Course

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The Middle East North Africa region, or MENA, is a hotbed of persecution. “I don’t think we can look at the news and not see the Middle East in it; there are challenges every day,” CEO Jennifer Murff says.

Murff heads up the MENA Leadership Center, a group helping Gospel workers expand their capacity. MLC offers knowledge and networking through online platforms. A recent series focused on religious freedom.

“At the MENA Leadership Center, we help ministries and Christians understand their rights in their country. A Christian’s rights in Turkey look very different from Jordan, which is a bit more moderate. We had participants from Jordan, Kurdistan, Baghdad, Morocco,” Murff says.

“I don’t think we quite understood how relevant this course would be.”

One leader received an unexpected “real life” test during the course. “They were in the middle of a class, and this participant got a knock at the door,” Murff says.

“The authorities [were] there to shut down his church.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray Christian leaders gain a clear understanding of their country-specific laws and can develop an action plan.
  • Pray for boldness as Gospel workers continue to walk out their faith and serve God through their ministry.

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