Persecution Update for May 2010: Morocco

morocco-mapThis moderate Muslim country in northwest Africa has long allowed Christian orphanages to minister to abandoned children. However, in March the government ordered a massive, unexpected deportation of 70 foreign Christian workers, giving them only a few hours to leave the country. Many were torn away from the orphaned children they had taken care of for years.  The charge against the foreign workers was “proselytizing,” underscoring the issue at stake: the conversions of Muslims to Christ, an act of apostasy according to Islam.   Pray for God’s special grace for those who were forced to leave Morocco, the orphans who were left behind, and the national believers who now face increased persecution.