Open Doors – Tunisian Christians on the Footsteps of Perpetua and Felicity

The accounts of Perpetua and Felicity have been passed down through the centuries to Christians living in 21st century Tunisia. Today, Christians living there can come together for worship; but many face loneliness and isolation. As a convert, they are no longer welcome by their families; they lose not only the family community, but the communal support it brings. Currently, there are about 1,500 Tunisian Christians, most with a Muslim background.

Student Tahira, 18, is one of these Tunisian Christians. She is fortunate because her sister and mother also became Christians. Tahira is very open about her faith, even speaking out about it on Facebook. “For me, Perpetua and Felicity are great examples,” Tahira reflects.

Steve, 18, recounts the recent threat from some strict Islamists. “They said to me, ‘Do you know that it is not forbidden to kill you?’ I didn’t really feel afraid. I answered them by saying, ‘Yes I know you can do that.’ They responded that I was crazy. I replied, ‘Yes, I am crazy for Jesus.’” The men then left and didn’t come back. Steve became a Christian about five years ago through the Internet. “I found a site about the Bible and got interested. I got in contact with other Christians and am going to a house church.”

One With Them

As you stand One With Them, with Tahira and Steve, pray for their opportunities to share the gospel with others in their country. And along with Tunisian Christians, be challenged by the faith of Perpetua and Felicity to speak with courage about Christ… even unto persecution and death.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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