Population: 10.7 million (2012)
Official languages: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Tunisia is a predominantly Muslim country in North Africa. Since the revolution, it has been split between fundamentalist and moderate Islamic views resulting often in friction and creating an unstable environment for churches. However in recent years, Tunisians have become increasingly open to other cultures and religions, and interest in the gospel is growing as they leave behind their prejudices about Christians.
Students in Tunisia
- 18 groups
- 1 part-time worker, several student volunteers, a team of graduates
- largest group in Tunis (8 cell groups)
- smallest group in Gafsa (4 students)
Tunisian Christian students are not allowed to meet on campuses, so they meet in the city or in dormitories. It is a challenge for them to hold events and activities while remaining legal. However the strength of the ministry is the way students are willing to reach out to their peers with Christ’s love, and to create bible study cell groups where they live in various areas of their city during their studies.
View from the inside
Our contact in Tunisia says, ‘When I was a student I wanted to serve the Lord and student ministry was the best framework to do so. While at university, I lost my father and my grandfather who were supporting my studies abroad; everything seemed to fall apart and the future seemed uncertain. The student group was the family who supported me and allowed me to keep my faith in Christ. Today, I can see what was sown by the gospel in my life through this ministry.’
He continues: ‘I cannot give one bible verse as my inspiration as there have been so many that have guided my ministry, but instead one phrase resonates with meaning: "changing the world of tomorrow by reaching the student of today with the gospel"’.
- for students’ hearts to be affected by God’s word and their lives truly transformed during bible studies, prayer times or other activities of the movement;
- for stronger graduate ministry, so that students can be accompanied into the workplace and encouraged to invest in ministry in some way.