Growing post-Islamic trend in the MENA region
Middle East/North Africa (MNN) — Gospel workers face significant challenges in the Middle East/North Africa region: illiteracy, unemployment, honor killings, war, mass displacement, food insecurity and persecution, to name a few.
“According to Pew, this is the worst persecution in 1,000 years for Christians in the world,” says Dr. Terence Ascott. Dr. Ascott is a founding member and former CEO of SAT-7, a satellite television ministry in MENA.
Militant Islamic leaders and terrorist groups pose additional challenges. “Some people say ISIS did more to convert people between 2014 and 2016 than Billy Graham could have done. People were so disgusted with the way ISIS treated other Muslims in the name of Islam. Islam that this has caused a bad reaction in many countries,” Dr Ascott said.
“People have rejected the hypocrisy they see in Muslim leaders and the misuse of Islamic labels to manipulate them.”
Moreover, “the more the country is Islamic, like Iran or Saudi Arabia, the more people deny Islam and become deists or atheists“, he continues.
“There is a growing atheism in Egypt – something that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago.”
If these are the latest trends, what’s the good news? More Muslims are turning to Christ in the MENA region than ever before. New fellowships filled with believers of Muslim background are forming faster than anyone can count.
SAT-7 supports persecuted and oppressed Christians, isolated Christians and church leaders in the MENA region through its “Discipleship Across Borders” program. As described here:
SAT-7 features content providing scripture-based teaching, shared testimonies and stories from viewers, and prayers and counsel. And the programs act as a platform through which believers can join the larger Christian community, participate in worship and experience fellowship.
Learn more about SAT-7 here. Pray that the Lord will raise up faithful followers to keep the work of the gospel going in the MENA region.
Header image is a representative photo courtesy of SAT-7.