Since the revolution Church leaders in Tunisia have spoken openly about the increased tensions and pressures that believers are facing. There seems to be a general opinion that it is worse after the revolution than before. At the same time there are unique opportunities and real evidence of God at work building his church. People will walk in off the street and say they don’t know but they want to understand Christianity. There is a new boldness among believers, not always wise among young believers, but a boldness that means people want to be open and public about their identity as Christians.
A private television channel has been doing a series of programmes on minority religions in Tunisia, including Christians. There have been opportunities not just of telling the story of Christians, but also telling the good news in a bold way. Engaging with the media is difficult, but they are providing a unique way for proclaiming the good news.
All around the country there are ancient sites and ruins that tell the rich history of Christianity in this land. Some time ago God gave me a vision based around the prophecy of dry bones. I saw many of these ancient sites as these dry bones, waiting for life to be spoken into them by God through his people.
As we pray for the Church this week, read and meditate on the prophecy of dry bones in Ezekiel, then use it as an inspiration to pray for the Church and Christian witness in this land.
Read the letters to the churches in Revelation and ask God to show you how these might speak to his Church in Tunisia then let him lead you in praying for that church.
Every church multiplication movement in history has had Extraordinary Prayer.
Our vision is for a Tunisian church multiplication movement!
We know the power for healthy churches to quickly multiply through the land can only overflow from a profound relationship with God Himself as many of us pursue His plan for every ethnic group to be His Bride (Revelation 7:9-10).
“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken’” (Isaiah 40:3-5). Let it be in Tunisia, Lord!