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Morocco: “This Hurts My Heart”

Schoolchildren in Morocco

Mustafa and Salma have suffered serious persecution as Christians in Muslim Morocco. But now their family has a new problem.

The couple decided to follow Christ after they got married. That’s when the trouble started.
*Mustafa’s Muslim relatives grew bitter toward him.
*The police questioned the Mustafa and Salma many times.
*Mustafa lost his job.
*Out of fear of persecution, church members turned against them.
*They had to move away from their community.

But God has blessed Mustafa and Salma in the midst of their struggles.
*They started a church in their new town.
*Mustafa teaches believers how to face persecution.
*They have baptized a new Christian.
*And, after seven years of prayer, God blessed them with a son.

But now that their son is old enough to go to school, the family has another concern. Mustafa cannot find work, so they can’t afford a private school. Their son has to attend a school with Muslim teachers and lessons. The boy has boldly proclaimed Jesus as king at school, but sometimes he comes home reciting verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

“This hurts my heart so much,” said Mustafa. “I do not want him to grow up in a knowledge like this.”

Please pray for the family. Pray that Mustafa and Salma’s son will have the truth of Christ in his heart and will follow it.

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs March 2019 newsletter.)


This Month

Parents and Teachers
The March 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about Christians from the North African countries of Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco. The issue includes an article about Cyprian, a North African Christian who was martyred by the Romans in the year 258. Today, both radical Muslim groups and government authorities across North Africa still persecute Christians. You can share the stories of North African Christians on this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Additional Related Resources
*Restricted Nations: Egypt, available at vombooks.com.
*Bold Believers books about Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria/Tunisia are available in the free Downloads section.
*Egypt lesson plan.
*Torchlighters DVDs about North Africans Perpetua and Augustine
*The Kids of Courage VBS curriculum.
*Enter a country name in the Search box on this site to find additional stories and information.


Morocco: A Royal Birthday

King Mohammed VI

Mohammed VI (the sixth) is the king of Morocco. He was born on August 21, 1963. (Can you figure out how old he is now?)

The king is considered to be a very modern king. He has more than 3 million Facebook followers, and he likes to take selfies. He has Twitter and Instagram accounts.

King Mohammed, like 99 percent of his citizens, is Muslim. He is called “the protector of Islam.” (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Facts About Morocco
The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Report shares the following facts about the king’s country.

Life for Christians: Though all citizens are considered Muslim, Christian leaders estimate that there are 4,000 citizens, perhaps more, who regularly attend secret house churches. Conversion is not illegal, but converts can be prosecuted for “shaking the beliefs” of a Muslim and sentenced to prison for up to three years. Those found guilty of … converting others also face criminal punishment or expulsion from the country.

It is also against the law in Morocco:
*To criticize Islam in public.
*For a Muslim woman to marry a Christian. (But Muslim men can marry Christians.)
*For private schools to teach about any religion other than Islam.
(Source: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report)

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping three bold Christian leaders set up a café to provide income. VOM also distributes New Testaments and SD cards with the JESUS Film, The God Story, and praise and worship songs.

On King Mohammed’s birthday, pray that he will rule fairly, love wisdom, and come to know the God of the Bible.

Learn more about Moroccan Christians in Bold Believers in Morocco, available in the free Downloads section.


Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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Practice Telling a Story

Morocco

Muslim belief: Muslims worship Allah, and their holy book is the Quran. The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves sinners. Quran Chapter 4, Verse 107 says, “Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful.”

Christian belief: God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were still sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)

Muslims around the world often do not have the opportunity to hear Bible stories that would help them learn about God and Jesus. Many come from cultures where storytelling is important.

Maybe sometime you will have the chance to share Bible stories with someone who has never heard them. You can practice telling Bible stories to younger children.

Read a story about Jesus and a sinner in Luke 19:1–9. Photocopy the pages above from Bold Believers in Morocco. (The complete book is available in the Downloads section.) The pictures are out of order. Color the pictures, then write “1” on the line near the picture that shows what happened first, and “2” near the picture that shows what happened next, and so on. Check your answers in a Bible. Practice telling the story in the right order.