Tunisia

Prayer updates for Tunisia

The following information is from Operation World

Republic of Tunisia

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Geography

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%

Capital: Tunis

Urbanites: 67.3%

HDI Rank: 98 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 23 (65% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic. French widely used but declining as English increases
Languages: 10 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 22,785 0.22 1.0
Evangelicals 1,154 0.0 4.7
Muslim 10,317,975 99.37  

Challenges for Prayer

The government still prohibits indigenous churches from owning their own property and having their own bank accounts. Pray for the government to officially recognize the Tunisian Church. Pray for the return of buildings and land that were previously taken by the state; may these provide space for the Tunisian Christians to establish their own places of worship.

New believers have increased and new church groups have come into being over the past few years. Pray for their continued growth and discipleship. Unity is an issue that is currently in need of much prayer. The Church is still a tiny proportion of the total population. Pray for lasting commitment to Jesus, since few Tunisian believers have stood in the faith for more than 10 years. Among the increasing numbers of new believers, pray for safety, encouragement, and effective discipleship and integration into the body. Pray that Tunisian believers might overcome their fear of sharing their faith. There are also probably significant numbers of isolated and hidden believers – pray for opportunities for their spiritual growth and fellowship.