Introduction / History Cultures mix through the centuries, and Morocco is no exception. The Arabs in that country have been influenced by local Berbers tribes in such a way that they are different than Arabs who live further east in the Levant region of the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula. They might share the basics of the Arabic language, but there is a cultural difference between these Moroccans and Arabs from non-Berberized countries.
Where are they located? Though the vast majority of Moroccan Arabs live in Morocco, there is a sizeable Moroccan diaspora. They are in many European countries, especially France and Spain. Few of them live in Finland, but these few still need to hear that Christ paid for their sins. Most likely, the few Moroccan Arabs in Finland live in urban centers like Copenhagen.
What are their lives like? Moroccans have gone to various European countries for decades, usually as guest workers. There are some from Morocco's elite in Europe as well. A large number of refugees from Arabic speaking countries have been arriving in northern European countries in the last couple of years. Moroccans who want to come to Europe now usually come illegally.
What are their beliefs? Moroccan Arabs are devoted to Sunni Islam. To most of them, becoming Christian would be a betrayal of their family and nation. Such deviant behavior would not be tolerated.
What are their needs? Moroccan Arabs in Finland need job training and language skills that will help them to earn an honest living in Europe.
Prayer Points * Ask God to call out prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil through intercession.
* Several mission agencies have focused on the Arabized Berbers living in European nations. Pray that God will use them to open the eyes of the Moroccan Arabs to the glory of the Risen Savior.
* There are some Berbers in North Africa that have embraced Christ, and now live in Europe. Pray that God will call some of these to reach out to the Moroccan Arabs in Finland.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong disciple making movements among each Arabic-speaking community in Finland.