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Decade after decade, billions of dollars are sunk into the dark continent of Africa, but Africans continue to suffer from the same problems of famine and hunger, illiteracy, tribal warfare, disease, and low mortality. Corrupt and oppressive governments keep the population in poverty, doing little to develop basic infrastructures like roads, irrigation systems, clean water sources, and sewage systems—or provide social services like schools and hospitals.
Muslim “missionaries” have taken advantage of this situation. Fueled by oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, they build schools, open hospitals, and drill wells—but to access these resources, one must convert to Islam. Many Africans merely add elements of Islam to their animistic practices; others fall prey to recruitment by Islamic terrorists whose training grounds are located throughout the continent. Terrorist groups include Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in Kenya.
Though Christian missionaries lack the resources of Muslim missionaries, they have something much more powerful: the gospel of Jesus Christ. In describing how the gospel has changed their communities, ministry leaders have reported reduced gang activity, improved work ethics, and freedom from oppressive tribal superstitions and practices.
How You Can Make a Difference
Indigenous missionaries in Africa boldly and courageously address Islam and demonic strongholds, and persevere in the face of frequent natural disasters, famine, drought, and extreme poverty. Your prayers and financial support greatly encourage them, remind them that they are not alone, and strengthen their work so they can reach even more souls for Christ.
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Evangelism & Discipleship
In the prisons of Mali, death from “natural causes” is not uncommon—most often a result of unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, overcrowding and lack of clean water and medical care. Any soap and hygiene items come from prisoners’ family members. An indigenous ministry is sharing the love of Christ with prisoners by bringing them toiletries, disinfectants, and mosquito nets. Muslims who would never be receptive to the gospel message under normal circumstances listen to it in the prisons. The ministry is providing Bibles to both inmates and prison guards who express a desire to know more about Christ. GIVE NOW to help compassion ministries like this one in Africa.
Exclusive Stories from the Mission Field
A student at a native ministry’s school was distraught by the absence of her father, who had left her family when she was a baby, but then a local missionary shared about knowing God as her Father and spent much time sharing the gospel with her family. The girl attained joy and confidence after accepting Christ.
On the first day of a ministry’s evangelistic event, a mentally unstable homeless woman who was addicted to alcohol rushed to the front of the room to repent and express her desire to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. While other attendees mocked her, ministry workers asked if she believed God could heal her mind, and she replied, “yes.” They prayed for her, and she was instantly healed.
A patient at a native ministry’s medical clinic despaired of ever being healed of a diabetic wound, and local missionaries read to her from John 5 the narrative of the invalid healed after 38 years. At the workers’ urging she prayed in Christ’s name, and she gained hope as healing advanced to miraculous stages.
People in predominantly Muslim areas are more open to the gospel as local missionaries improve their lives with clean water, health care and education, but in some areas they brace themselves against hearing the gospel after receiving such expressions of Christ’s love.
When a local missionary visited an influential villager identified as a “man of peace,” a Muslim trader was present who cast spells to harm competing vendors; hearing them discuss an impending gospel gathering, he also attended and put his faith in Christ. “His repentance was a reality with his entire family,” the local ministry leader said.
Workers with a ministry that has a nationwide outreach led over 18,000 people to faith in Christ over the course of six months through online proclamation of the gospel, medical missions, Bible studies, and other outreaches. Around 5,600 of these new believers were added through post-trauma evangelical conferences that the ministry held in the aftermath of the three-year civil war.