Online support for vulnerable women: Since the Middle East and North Africa have gone into lockdown, our Nisa’a team has been supporting families across the region. Nisa’a provides an online women’s magazine that reaches into 10 countries and with face-to-face workshops to support vulnerable women. The team are now looking to resume the ‘Heart Story’ workshops, but online. These workshops give vulnerable women a chance to express their needs and stories in a safe space; often the only chance they have to be themselves and to be vulnerable. Join with us in praying for the Nisa’a team and all the women they support across the region.
Fighting Forced Marriage: In a remote village in North Africa a group of young girls stand in a line, staring out to the horizon with fear. They cling nervously to each other as a black car approaches in a cloud of dust. The car pulls up, and out steps a middle-aged man in an expensive suit. He has come to buy a wife. For the last few years, through our Open Arms project, our North Africa team has been introducing the radical idea that not only is it wrong to force girls into marriage, but that they must be welcomed back into the community with ‘open arms’ and given a second chance. The idea is often met with hostility. Pray that governments, communities, and individuals would admit there is a problem with human trafficking and be open to change.
Pray, Support, Advocate: Many Christians, particularly those of us in the West, take our religious freedoms for granted - like being able to own a Bible (or several!), freely attend a house group or church service, talk openly about our faith without fear, and listen to Christian music. How many of us would still try to meet with other Christians if we might get beaten up, lose our jobs, or even get killed for doing so? Christians face persecution in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from state-sanctioned killings and violence against Christians, to destruction of church buildings, ostracisation by friends and family members, and discrimination in education and employment. We must always remember the amazing, terrifying and traumatic sacrifices others make for their faith, and pray for them, support them and advocate for them in any way we can. (Middle East Media)
I believe, but...: Many Christians in the Arabian peninsula, especially those who have converted from Islam, have to keep their faith a secret. They face seemingly insurmountable questions, such as, 'I have more than one wife, what do I do?' or 'How can I support myself without my family?' The I believe, but… project is designed to support those Christians who can’t necessarily go to a church or find others to talk to about their faith in safety. This project is an online video series designed to answer these questions where meeting in person is not an option. It will give otherwise-unreachable new Christians an outlet for their struggles, answers to their questions and practical advice. Pray for the strengthening of the viewership audience., for them to find Biblical answers and help in an incredibly pressurised cultural climate. Pray also for the funding to come through to bring the project to completion.