Pray for Oklahoma Baptists as they serve in North Africa and the Middle East through the International Mission Board (IMB). Nineteen mostly Muslim nations make up this area of the world. Sixty-five percent of the world’s current conflicts are happening in North Africa and the Middle East. Due to war, persecution and climate disasters, there are also 9.8 million refugees and 22.6 million internally displaced people scattered throughout these countries.

As most people are aware, there was a coordinated attack against Israel in the early morning hours of October 7, which thrust the country into a full-scale military conflict. Southern Baptists are responding immediately to minister to the injured, frightened and grieving in Israeli and Palestinian areas and indeed around the world. Our most powerful weapon is prayer.

Pray for peace and an end to the conflict. Pray for healing for those who are injured and grieving from this trauma. Pray believing brothers and sisters will look to God as their source of safety, security, and peace. Pray God will grant wisdom and discernment for leaders as they make potential life and death decisions.

Pray missionaries and fellow believers in this area of the world would use this tragedy as a way to share the gospel and to be salt and light to those living in fear and spiritual darkness. Pray hearts and ears would be open to hear and accept the truth of the Cross and the message of salvation through Christ. Pray God will protect and provide for missionaries as they serve.

(Special note: Go to to learn more about the Southern Baptist response to this crisis in the Holy Land and how you can help.)

Because of the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptists through the Cooperative Program, an amazing array of ministries are supported. This unified giving encourages fellowship with other believers all over the world. Collectively, Oklahoma Baptists are advancing the gospel together.

Missionaries serving the North African and Middle Eastern Peoples are featured in the 2023 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. For more information about the Cooperative Program, visit