North Africa is an economically prosperous area, generating one-third of Africa’s total GDP. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producers and accounts for roughly 15% of global output. Oil production is also high in Libya. Geographically, the region intersects the Arab World and Africa, and is characterised by dry, arid conditions.
Despite being the geographical origin of the Christian faith, Christianity is a significant minority religion within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, only 5% of the Middle Eastern population is Christian, while the rest of this region is predominantly Muslim. Despite facing thorns of persecution, political instability, and poverty that threaten to choke out the seed of the church before it can take root, bear fruit, and flourish, the Lord continues to demonstrate that he is growing his church in this region. Some of the boldest Believers are found in this region, and they contribute a powerful voice of remaining faithful under persecution to the global church. Lausanne is privileged to play a role of assisting the church in MENA to collaborate and share the deep and moving work that is happening in this region.