BACKGROUND: Morocco is ruled by a monarch who is purportedly a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. The king is the leader of an Islamic theocracy. Although the North African country has experienced 1,400 years of enslavement to Islam, Morocco’s original inhabitants, the Berbers, were not Muslim. Islam was brought to the country by invading Arabs in the 8th century. Morocco remains poor despite phosphate and mining industries, which are the king’s enterprises. About 8 million tourists visit Morocco each year.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Nearly all Moroccans are Sunni Muslim.
PERSECUTOR: The government is the main persecutor. Since the king must keep Islam strong, his standards for compliance to the faith are strict. Secret police throughout the country help enforce his edicts. Family, friends and communities also persecute Christian converts.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN MOROCCO: There are no church buildings in Morocco. Bible distributions and missionaries are not allowed in the country. It takes a while for believers to trust one another and connect with other believers. It is difficult to find fellowship. Underground churches take years to organize. Only in the past 10 years have underground churches become numerous. Most believers have not had access to God’s Word or discipleship. There are a number of Christian prisoners accused of apostasy or proselytizing.
ACCESS TO BIBLES: About 35 million people live in Morocco, but only a few printed Bibles exist in the country. It is difficult to get a Bible, but believers access Scripture through creative methods like SD cards loaded with God’s Word, which they can use on their mobile phones and tablets.
VOM WORK: VOM distributes Bibles and SD cards throughout the country. We also support various forms of outreach and provide aid to new converts.