The father heart of God says that when we pass through the waters, He will be with us; and when we pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over us. When we walk through the fire, we will not be burned; the flames will not set us ablaze because of His presence with us. Pray that many in Albania will have soft hearts and open eyes to receive this good news about Jesus Christ. Pray that the Christian Believers will be strengthened, and experience that the Father is with them, near them and watching over them. Pray that Christians will have many opportunities to share about this Father heart of God with those around them (The Bible, Isaiah 43:2).
Albania was once the poorest nation in Europe but has been working hard to transform its economy in the last decade. Regardless of the devastating earthquake in November 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Albania made a robust recovery during 2021, though the war in Ukraine may slow the progress this year. Despite having a well-known mob, Albania made notable steps in combating drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. The process of Albania’s accession to the European Union is ongoing. Under Communist rule, no religion was allowed. Now, Islam claims twice as many followers as Christianity. Christian Believers enjoy worshipping openly in a country that once restricted religious freedom, although, most who claim Christianity are reported to be nominal in their faith.
Morocco plans to upgrade its liaison office in Tel Aviv into an embassy if Israel recognizes its sovereignty. Morocco restored its diplomatic ties with Israel in late 2020 as part of a deal that included US recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara region. The Kingdom and Israel re-opened their liaison offices with promises by Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita to visit Tel Aviv and open an embassy, but the visit has yet to be materialized amid vague and conflicting statements by different Israeli ministers that cast doubt over Israel’s position on the conflict. Pray that the ties will bring prosperity and ensure that peace with Morocco will continue to be an example and a model for all countries in the region. Pray for Moroccans to accept Christ as their Savior and experience a relationship with Him (The Bible, Luke 19:10).
The Kingdom of Morocco stays 27th on the 2022 World Watch List for Christian persecution. The King of Morocco is Mohammed VI. This North African nation borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Mediterranean Sea in the north; it shares maritime borders with Portugal and Spain. Morocco borders Algeria in the east and Western Sahara in the south. The non-self-governing territory, claimed by Morocco, borders Mauritania in the Moroccan-controlled part of Western Sahara. The average pressure on Christians in Morocco remains high. And for converts from Islam, the pressure is even higher. They can lose their inheritance rights or even custody of their children. Converts face opposition from family members, who do not want them to practice their new faith publicly—often, this means new Christians are not allowed to be baptized, married, or buried in a Church or Christian ceremony.