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A group of Christian men, believed to be Ethiopian, were brutally killed recently by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya. The militant group published a video on April 19th that showed one group of men being beheaded on a beach and another group in a desert area being shot in the head. The video further featured a masked armed militant threatening Christians, demanding that they convert to Islam or pay a special tax.

The video is similar to those previously posted by the same militant group, including one that was released in February relating to the beheading of the 21 believers who were primarily from Egypt. (For more information on that tragic event, review our previous prayer alert.)

In the aftermath of yet another gruesome attack against Christians in this part of the world, pray that God's peace will rest upon the hearts of those who are now mourning. May they find comfort in knowing that the deceased men are now safe with our Lord Jesus in heaven where pain and death can no longer reach them. Also ask for an outflowing of the Holy Spirit to take place in Libya and other areas controlled by ISIS, mindful of God's promises that He will ultimately accomplish His greater purposes despite the horrific atrocities currently taking place.

To learn more about the persecuted church in Libya, visit our online Country Report.

Country Information

Population
6,754,507 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Berber and Arab (97), other (3) - includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians

Religion (%)
Muslim (96.6), Christian (2.7), Buddhist (0.3), Other (0.2) unafilliated (0.2)

Leader
Prime Minister Fayiz al-Saraj

Government type
In transition

Legal system
Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Libya

Pray that converts to Christianity will stand firm, despite the threats of suffering and death.

Pray that strong and effective Christian resources, including Bibles and other literature, will be available in Libya.

Pray that Libyan Christians will have a strong desire to lead others to faith in the Lord.

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  • Ethiopian Christians Tragically Murdered by Militants

    A group of Christian men, believed to be Ethiopian, were brutally killed recently by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya. The militant group published a video on April 19th that showed one group of men being beheaded on a beach and another group in a desert area being shot in the head. The

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  • ''Their God is My God''


    Mathew (centre), touched by the immense
    faith of the Egyptian believers, acknowledged
    Christ just before his death.
    Photo: YouTube

    Following the brutal murder of a group of Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) this past February, the names of the 21 martyred men were widely share

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  • Christian Refugees Thrown Overboard
    Migrants crossing from North Africa to Sicily
    Photo: Vito Manzari via Barnabas Fund

    Militant Muslims, who were among the migrants trying to flee from Libya to Italy in a boat, threw 12 of their fellow passengers overboard. Witnesses of the incident testified that the perpetrators had committed this

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  • Abducted Egyptian Christians Beheaded by Militants
    Video screen shot of kidnapped Christians
    before their deaths.
    Photo: AINA

    The Christian community in Egypt is in mourning after 21 Egyptian Christians who had moved to Libya for employment were brutally murdered by members loyal to the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. Those involved with ISIS po

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