World Watch Update: Libya
Region: North Africa
2018 World Watch List Position: #4
Leader: Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj
Population: 6 409 000 (0.7% are Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Transitional Government
Sources of Persecution: Islamic Oppression
The small minority of Christians in Libya consists of indigenous Believers from a Muslim Background and migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa seeking work or entry to Europe. Those from a Muslim background face particularly violent and intense pressure to renounce their faith. The state of anarchy and civil war has allowed organised criminal groups to engage in human trafficking, and Islamist militant groups to attack Christians with impunity. These groups consistently kidnap Christians, and there have also been instances in which Christians have been killed, often in a very brutal and shocking manner. Christian migrants also experience intolerance, as well as racial and religious prejudice from indigenous peoples. All believers who share their faith publicly risk arrest, violence and even death.
- That many would hear the Gospel through Arabic satellite and web broadcasts.
- That God will build up the faith of isolated believers, His growing Church and those scattered throughout Europe by persecution.
- For the severely opposed but growing number of Christians from Muslim backgrounds – that through them the Church in Libya will grow.