Daily Topic for March 28, 2016

Ruth 2:19-20, NASB
Her mother-in-law then said to her, “Where did you glean today and where did you work? May he who took notice of you be blessed.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed of the LORD who has not withdrawn his kindness to the living and to the dead.” Again Naomi said to her, “The man is our relative, he is one of our closest relatives.”

Maghrebi Arabs in Spain

by PD

(This is a fictional account based on facts.)
Youssef, a Maghrebi Arab who lives in Spain, was testy when a visiting Muslim cleric asked him why he no longer went to the mosque. He said, “When people in Spain hear the word ‘Islam,’ they think about ISIS. I’m against terrorists, suicide bombers, and everything those fanatics call jihad. I’ve lived in Spain for many years and have worked hard so my family can have a good life. But every time we hear about another bomb going off, the feeling of prejudice against Muslims living here grows. So I don’t want to be seen near a mosque.”
Maghrebi Arabs are identified as a people group who originated in certain regions of North Africa called the Maghreb. Out of the estimated one million Muslims living in Spain, the majority are Maghrebi Arabs. Most of them are laborers in Spain’s agricultural, construction, hospitality, and service industries. They have long felt that they are regarded as second-class citizens who do not receive the same opportunities in education and jobs as Spanish Catholics. Spaniards are concerned because some of their people are converting to Islam, and Maghrebi Arabs are marrying Spanish women. Very few Maghrebi Arabs in Spain have left Islam.

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Pray that followers of Christ in Spain will patiently embrace the responsibility to disciple Maghreb Arabs into the family of God. Pray that work among Maghrebi Arabs will result in movements to Christ throughout North Africa.


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