About Mauritania

Mauritania is is located on the northwest coast of Africa.  It is entirely desert apart from the north bank of the Senegal River on its southern border.  Due to the climate being mostly desert, until the 80's, a large population was nomadic within Mauritania. Livestock supplied the nomads with milk and meat, and transportation was provided by riding camels.  The nomads moved based on the search for water and pasture. Today, nomadic life is largely a thing ...of the past due to changes in agricultural patterns, drought, and government involvement that undermined the nomadic economy.  Mauritania is rich in natural resources, including large reserves of iron ore, copper, and gypsum.  It is said that Mauritania is one of the least traveled places on the earth. Despite abundant livestock, one of the world's richest fishing zones, and a massive agriculture potential, the country is not self-sufficient in food and other basic necessities. Mauritania is one of the largest recipients of foreign aid in the world and is deeply in debt and is one of the least industrialized countries in the world.  Most people work as farmers, cattle herders, and traders.  Laws against child labor are not enforced, thus most school-age children work.  Society is organized along strict ethnic lines, with a rigid system of castes.   Culturally, the importance of women is recognized.  However, men dominate in all areas of life.   In the southern part of the country, men provide for the family and women cook food and take care of children. In the northern portion of the country, women are not supposed to perform physical work as it is seen as degrading so work is done by the slave women.  Due to their gender, women suffer.  Many marriages are forced or arranged.  Polygamy is widespread as well as female circumcision.  When women marry, they tend to join the husband's household.  Female slaves are sexually exploited. Forced feeding to fatten young girls for marriage is common among the Maurs and Haratin people.   All kinds of property including slaves are inheritable by relatives. Sometimes a man inherits the wife or wives of his brother because the family wants to keep the children and property within the household.  Mauritania is a nation that is closed to the Gospel.  Out of 19 people groups, 15 of them are still unreached.  For over 1,000 years, Islam has been the predominant religion of Mauritania. The government limits freedom of religion in part by prohibiting the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelization of Muslims. Telling people about Jesus is not only illegal, but those who do become Christian, face severe social pressure and are often ostracized from their families..

What's Happening in Mauritania

Mauritania is a restricted access country that we are praying and believing that God will open up to the Gospel. Out of 19 people groups, 15 of them are still unreached. Even though it is a closed country, the Evangelical growth rate is almost 3 times more than that of the global growth rate. For over 1,000 years, Islam has been the predominant religion of Mauritania. The government limits freedom of religion in part by prohibiting the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelization of Muslims. Telling ...people about Jesus is not only illegal, but those who do become Christian, face severe social pressure and are often ostracized from their families. We are unable to give details about our mission in Mauritania to protect our faithful workers within this nation, due to the fact that it is a closed nation and we desire to protect their lives from further persecution.

**Our country statistics are provided by Joshua Projects at joshuaproject.net

Please Pray for Mauritania

Due to this Nation being a closed country, we are unable to list specifics regarding Mauritania. We do ask for your continued prayers for this nation as we know that God has a mighty plan for this great nation!