- TOTAL POPULATION: 33,394,000
- 31 PEOPLE GROUPS
- 27 UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
- UNREACHED POPULATION: 33,245,000
- 0.01 % EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS
- 99.6% MUSLIM
- OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic, Standard
Morocco has been nearly 100% Muslim for more then 1,000 years and is known for difficult living conditions, grinding poverty, human rights abuses, and religious persecution. According to the U.S. State Department, as high as 30% of urban Moroccan males are unemployed.
The Moroccan government punishes Christian mission work and falling away from Islam. Article 220 of Moroccan law states, “Anyone who breaks the faith of a Muslim or converts him to a different religion will be punished with up to six months in prison.” The Arabic Bible is banned, and the country's majestic churches may only be entered by tourists or foreign business travelers.
After 1,400 years of Moroccan Islamization, more than 1,000 former Muslims follow Jesus Christ underground. At the risk of arrest and interrogation, believers meet in small house groups across the country. They are prosecuted as criminals and regularly threatened. Still, the Moroccan king has been accused of not being hard enough against missionaries and Christians.
For more than thirty years, Call of hope has worked with national co-workers in Morocco, operating a radio ministry that generates thousands of listener responses each month, engaging in church planting, and providing Bible training and a safe-haven retreat house for Muslim-background believers.
Our strategic media ministry introduces Moroccan Muslims to Christ through Tachelit Berber language radio programs, printed booklets in Arabic answering common Muslim questions about Christ, and praise music in the Berber language and musical style. All of these media elements are reinforced through personal evangelism and discipleship. Over a dozen house churches have been planted in Morocco, making it possible to connect seekers and new believers with church fellowships.
Call of hope also operates a retreat and training center in Morocco with hundreds of Muslim-background believers visiting each year. A support system of Christians is critical, because many lose family support. While providing Bible training, shutters are closed, and windows are made of sound-proof glass. COH plans to secure a second safe house in Morocco, as the existing center in the south is is more than a 10 hours one-way from converts in the north and too small for the growing number of Christians who need counseling, teaching, and fellowship.
So far, 1,000 Muslims in Morocco have become disciples of Jesus and are connected to growing house churches.
COH's correspondence department interacts with over 1,300 Moroccan Muslims each year, many long-term.
Hundreds of radio programs have been produced, impacting thousands of Muslims over the past decade.
52 Gospel radio programs are produced and broadcast each year.
Current radio programs are predicted to reach an estimated audience of over three million Berbers each week.
COH will translate and produce 1,000 copies of the first Berber Bible.
More than 1,300 CDs of worship songs and Scripture were produced and distributed.
More than 2,000 Gospel books were printed and given to Muslim seekers.
25 Bedouin children attended a vacation retreat camp interacting with Christian children their age for the first time.
Three training sessions were provided for house church leaders on the subject: "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15). Believers were equipped and encouraged.
Underground Training center for persecuted new christians
In North Africa, Call of Hope provides a training center for new believers that will keep them safe from persecution and empower them with effective leadership training.
The project provides extensive teaching in Christian theology and evangelism in order to equip Christians to impact the Muslim world with the message of The Gospel. The Training Center is already playing a critical role in growing the Christian church in North Africa as it empowers and networks future christian leaders so that they can effectively reach and disciple others. Many of the new believers who have gone through the training curriculum have established thriving ministries in the region.
Today in Morocco Muslims are coming to Christ through radio programs, printed booklets in Arabic answering common Muslim questions about Jesus, and praise music in the Berber language and musical style. Radio program listeners are invited to write COH with questions. A Moroccan Muslim-background believer in COH's correspondence department is the primary responder to these questions. The addresses of those most interested to learn about Jesus are hand delivered to our worker on the ground. He or his team members meet with seekers first in a cafe and then in their homes, finally connecting them to house churches.
COH completed the translation and printing of the first New Testament in Berber and will finish the Old Testament in partnership with Wycliffe. The Berber Bibles refer readers to COH's correspondence address and website, which contains biblical articles in Berber and Arabic. COH praise music and Scriptue CDs include original Tachelhit Berber songs and music with Bible verses woven throughout and also refer listeners to COH's correspondence address and website.
For $100, we can provide food, Teaching materials and safety to christians in North Africa. Please partner with us as we train the future church leaders of Morocco.
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