Outer Edge People of N. Africa & the Middle East

December 2023 began with believing brothers and sisters imprisoned for their faith in Jesus and sentenced to death. Many people around the globe came together in prayer for the local situation and intensifying persecution in the region. There were threats of mobs, violence by extremist groups, and local pressure pointed toward these believers. The local believers stood firm; they were willing to lose everything, including their lives, for their faith. Many days passed, and they were denied enough food and medical care. However, by the grace of God, the local brothers and sisters have been released and returned to their families. Additionally, these believers have been given freedom they did not previously have–permission to gather with other believers as a church! There is much celebration among believers in the region, and local believers have been emboldened to continue sharing the good news with their Muslim neighbors. Praise the Lord!