Pray for Libya

Learn about and pray for Libya in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Libya’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Libya is a land of stunning contrasts, from the Sahara Desert to ancient Mediterranean cities. It has a rich but tumultuous history.

Home to 6.5 million people, its ancient heritage reflects Greek, Roman, and Ottoman influences.

Despite abundant oil wealth, nearly a third of Libyans live in poverty. The 2011 fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi promised democracy but instead plunged the nation into violent divisions, exacerbated by militia capture of oil ports and the Islamic State’s presence.

Libya is now one of the world’s most dangerous places for Christians. With 97% of the population practicing Islam, sharing the Gospel with Libyans is illegal, and the few remaining believers face extreme persecution. Missionaries are arrested, and even foreign Christians must worship discreetly. Most have fled due to violence, with the 2015 beheading of 21 Christians by the Islamic State hastening their exodus. However, Libyans abroad are eager to return and share their faith, using radio, satellite television, and the internet. Bibles and Christian materials remain in high demand.

3 Libyan kids in an alley
map of Libya

Fast Facts

Capital City: Tripoli

Population: 6.8 million (88% unreached)

People Groups: 44

Unreached People Groups: 31

Frontier People Groups: 24

10/40 Window: Yes

map of people groups in Libya

Major People Groups: 38% Tripolitanian Arab; 26% Cyrenaican Arab; 9% Sanusi Bedouin; 4% Arabized Berber; 4% Sudanese Arab

Major Religions: Islam 97%

Language: Arabic

GDP Per Capita: $10,300

Literacy Rate: 91%

Did you know? The Akakus Mountains in southwestern Libya contain thousands of prehistoric rock art sites, featuring depictions of animals, humans, and scenes from daily life.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Libya

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Libya:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Arab, Libyan Islam 1,594,000
2. Arab, Cyrenaican Islam 1,460,000
3. Arab, Egyptian Islam 648,000
4. Bedouin, Sanusi Islam 633,000
5. Arab, Sudanese Islam 302,000
6. Arab, Moroccan Islam 299,000
7. Algerian, Arabic-speaking Islam 295,000
8. Bedouin, Fezzan Islam 218,000
9. Arab, Tunisian Islam 209,000
10. Jabal Nafusah Islam 201,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Libya is ranked #5 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Libya is effectively a lawless land where native and migrant Christians face extreme danger. With no effective government, Islamic extremists and organized crime groups both wield power. They target, kidnap, and even kill Christians.

If a Libyan from a Muslim background becomes a Christian, they are likely to face intense pressure and abuse from their community, or worse. It is supposedly legal to convert, but this law is ambiguous and often abused or ignored.

 

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Pray for Libya

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