Area: 154,530 sq km
Mountainous and agricultural in the north, Sahara desert in the south. The site of notable civilizations: Carthaginian, Berber Christian and Arab Islamic.
Population: 10,373,957 Annual Growth: 0.98%
Official language: Arabic. French widely used but declining as English increases Languages: 10 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Expatriate workers are quite numerous for the small Christian churches, but nowhere near adequate for reaching the millions of unevangelized. Pray for more to be raised up, especially believers from Arabic-speaking countries, to serve in many capacities. There are ample opportunities in the areas of teaching, development and healthcare/therapy.
Specific unreached areas and peoples:
a) Young people are disillusioned with the existing situation, and many are negative about their own land; many are completely apathetic about spiritual things. There is currently a demographic bubble of youth with a limited window of opportunity (10 years or so) to reach them while they are still open to new ideas.
b) Women have more freedom here than in some other Muslim countries, as reflected by their participation in politics and the work force and excelling in academic and economic sectors. But the issues of divorce and domestic violence remain. Women are still hard to reach with the gospel due to persisting cultural and traditional restrictions.
c) The southern part of the country is a spiritual desert. Sfax, Gabes and Gafsa are needy cities. There are a few witnesses in this region, but many more are needed.
d) The Berber communities maintain some of their distinctives even though they have largely lost their languages and are now considered a very small group. Their ancestors were Christian. The island of Djerba with 65,000 people, mostly Berber, is a specific challenge with its unique culture and very few known Christians. There are also two Jewish settlements.
e) Kairouan is seen by some as the fourth-most holy city in Islam many go there for blessings, healing and help. Pray that in their heartfelt search they might find Jesus.
For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Tunisia.