|Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, Monastir, Tunisia|
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In earlier centuries, the Christian Church was widespread, producing such leaders as Tertullian and Cyprian. Schism, heresy, failures to put roots deep into the local culture and to translate the Bible into local languages, foreign invasions and finally Islam greatly reduced numbers in the church. Today, Christians account for 0.2 percent of the more than 10 million people in Tunisia.
Islam is the state religion. The government strongly maintains a secular tone, and only a minority actively practice their faith, although this appears to be growing. Politicized Islam, which has been on the rise, is met with little tolerance by the state. The government is not favourable toward any form of Christian proselytism, but tolerance is shown to foreign religious minorities, and increasingly to native Christians.
Please pray for Tunisia.
- Pray for opportunities to reach out to the people of Tunisia with the gospel.
- Pray that the Spirit of God will break down the barriers that have been built up against the gospel in Tunisia.