Morocco

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• Pray for widespread distribution of evangelistic materials among the many unreached people groups.

 

• Pray for those troubled by increasing tensions between Islamists and moderates to be open to the Good News.

 

• Pray for fellowship and freedom from fear for isolated believers.

 

 

SUMMARY

Once believed to be the westernmost part of the world, the name Morocco is derived from the Arabic Al Maghrib, meaning “far west” or “where the sun sets.” Occupying the northwest corner of Africa, the nation was originally inhabited by Berbers, who were then conquered by Muslim Arabs after 684 AD. In the 17th century, Morocco was colonized by France and Spain, and in 1912, the nation was split into French and Spanish protectorates. Morocco became independent in 1956 and established a constitutional monarchy in 1972. The king is both the head of state and religion and has declared all those born in Morocco to be Sunni Muslim.

 

Morocco is the world leader in the production and export of phosphates and has 70% of the world’s reserves. The leading industries are agriculture, forestry, and tourism, and agriculture employs 40% of the workforce. Casablanca is the economic capital, the largest port, and the most populous city. There is a huge gap between wealthy and the poor and 13% of the population live below the poverty line. Morocco also lays claim to the Western Sahara, and the nomadic Saharawi people that live there are fighting for their independence. While the UN has set up referendums to allow for self-determination, Morocco has postponed those votes.

 

The state religion is Sunni Islam, and ninety-nine percent of the population is Muslim. Unlike in many other Muslim nations, Christians and Jews are tolerated, though some freedoms have deteriorated in recent years. Despite this tolerance, Christians are monitored by authorities, and some have been imprisoned. Dozens of Christian workers were expelled in 2010. The majority of Moroccans have a strong prejudice against Christians and are resistant to the Gospel, and the media helps fuel these attitudes. In an effort to avoid the religious violence and conflict occurring between Muslims and Christians in other African nations, the Moroccan people and government try to keep all Christian activity secret. The government is opposed to an indigenous Moroccan Church, but one is emerging nonetheless, and an estimated 2,000 Moroccan believers meet in small house churches. Unity of the church is difficult with believers scattered around the nation, sometimes isolated from other believers.

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  - John 14:14

 

 

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Source: Choir One Morocco 2012; lexavedanville

QUICK FACTS

Continent: Africa

Capital City: Rabat

Government: Constitutional Monarchy

Population: 34,859,364

Major People Groups: 65% Arab-speaking, 34% Berber

Religion: 99% Muslim, 1% Christian

Language: Arabic/Berber

GDP Per Capita: $4,600

Literacy Rate: 52.3%

UNREACHED: 80%

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