In the first few centuries after Christ, a strong church was established in present-day Tunisia despite intense persecution from the Romans. Disunity, factions, and a failure to translate the Bible into the local languages weakened the church. When Arab invaders arrived in the 7th century an empty shell of a church was all that existed. Islam spread rapidly and the Christian roots of the people were forgotten.
Few Tunisians are aware of their Christian heritage. They equate Christianity with Westerners and Western culture and do not view it as an option for themselves. They have been conditioned from birth to believe teachings that oppose the Bible and their cultural surroundings prevent them from considering anything different.
Christian media (websites, TV, and radio programs) has generated a great interest in Jesus. Facebook, YouTube, and other websites are rising in popularity. Pray for creative ways to present the Gospel using these means.
Tunisians risk losing their jobs, losing their place in society, and pressure from the authorities when they become Christian. Many of them live far from any other Christians and have no opportunity for fellowship and discipleship. Pray that Tunisian Christians would be impassioned to reach their own people, sharing a clear, succinct, and reproducible Gospel presentation.
Pray for the Arabs to become aware of their spiritual bankruptcy before God. Pray that Jesus would use dreams and visions to open their eyes and to show them that He is the only way to God.
"Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, 'Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.'" 1 Samuel 14:6
|People Name||Arab, Tunisian|
|Language||Arabic, Tunisian Spoken|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|