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Photo from Ralph Buckner Funeral Home

Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing an American aid worker, Christopher Leggett (39), on June 23 in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. On June 25, Al-Jazeera TV reportedly received an audio statement from al-Qaeda which stated that "two knights of the Islamic Maghreb succeeded Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. to kill the infidel American Christopher Leggett for his Christianising activities." Leggett worked for a non-governmental organization in Mauritania involved in training and equipping prisoners to re-enter society. He also oversaw a microloan program which fostered the growth of small businesses. He had been a resident of Mauritania for the past seven years along with his wife and four children.

Thank the Lord for Christopher Leggett's life as a cross-bearing disciple. Ask God to comfort those who mourn for him. Pray that Christians in Mauritania will be emboldened to follow in their Saviour's footsteps and remain steadfast in faith (1 Corinthians 4:9-14, 16).

To learn more about trials facing Christians in Mauritania, go to the Mauritania Country Report.

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VOMC is working with a new international partner to facilitate discipleship groups that foster mentorship and spiritual growth. Through these groups, greatly needed Biblical training and trauma healing are being provided to persecuted Christian men and women.

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Country Information

Population
4,079,284 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Black Moors (40), White Moor (30), Sub-Saharan Mauritanians (30)

Religion (%)
Muslim (100)

Leader
President Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani (2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic and French civil law.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Mauritania

Pray that Christians in Mauritania will find support and fellowship with other believers, despite their small numbers.

Pray seekers will encounter Jesus, and those who follow Him will be courageous in their witness.

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Mauritania News

  • Christian "Hit List" Posted Online
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    Pray that the Spirit of Christ will draw Mauritanians to Himself.

    According to Greg Kelley from World Mission, Islamic extremists in the Northwest African nation of Mauritania have created an online hit list containing the names of Christian leaders. Describing this action as a "call to warfare," th

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  • Penalties for Apostasy Increased
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    Christians in Mauritania are concerned about recent changes to the laws regarding religious conversion. On April 27th, the Mauritanian National Assembly approved changes to increase the penalty for apostasy.

    According to the new regulations, the death penalty is now mandatory for those convicted of

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  • Christian aid worked killed
    Photo from Ralph Buckner Funeral Home

    Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing an American aid worker, Christopher Leggett (39), on June 23 in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. On June 25, Al-Jazeera TV reportedly received an audio statement from al-Qaeda whi

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