The very promising revolution of 2011, which sparked the Arab Spring, turned out to be a disappointment for both liberals and Christians in Tunisia. The situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating. Christians face persecution both from the moderately Islamic government and from aggressive Salafist groups who operate with impunity in the country. While expat Christians experience a relative amount of freedom, Muslim-background believers face increasing pressure from family and the authorities. A number of violent incidents against Christians were reported this year, breaking with a trend of relative religious tolerance.
- Radical Islamic movements within Tunisia are growing in strength. Pray that their influence would decrease.
- Praise God that many Muslims are coming to faith through Christian satellite TV and internet programs.
- Elections are due in 2014. Ask the Lord to raise up a stable government that will rule with wisdom and justice.