A. THE COUNTRY
The Kingdom of Morocco is in the northeast corner of Africa. Also,
Morocco has occupied Western Sahara despite some international pressure
to release it. The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is recognized by
more than 75 governments and has a population of ~400,000. Morocco is a
constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. Tourism, textiles,
agriculture, and phosphate mining are important to the economy. Morocco
and Western Sahara have 70% of the world’s phosphate reserves.
Unemployment is highest among young people. Millions of Moroccans seek
work elsewhere – especially in Europe – and send remittances home for a
significant foreign income contribution. Stability and relative
openness makes Morocco one of the West’s most favoured Arab nations.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~32,778,000 and official language Arabic. Berber and
French are widely used. ~57.7% are Arabic, ~41.4% Berber, ~0.9% Other.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Sunni Islam is the state religion. The existence of Christians and Jews
is tolerated, but the existence of an indigenous Moroccan Church is not
accepted by the government. It is legal both to talk about Christ and
to invite friends home for discussion, but authorities carefully monitor
all known Christian activity and will crack down.
99.88% are Muslim (polarized between Islamists and moderates), ~0.09%
claim to be Christian (~90% are not Moroccan in origin), ~0.02% Jewish,
In the Christian category:
~0.07% are Catholic, ~0.01 Protestant, ~0.01% Independent, and each of
these are <0.01: Anglican, Orthodox and those considered ‘marginal’.
Evangelicals represent <0.01% of the population.
Charismatics represent <0.01% and those <0.01% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.