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Local Missionaries in North Africa

Population:

254 million

Evangelical population:

2.3%

People groups:

374

Unreached people groups:

230

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North Africa

From the Atlantic shores of Mauritania in the West to the Red Sea in the East, North Africa is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically distinct from the rest of Africa. The Sahara Desert comprises much of North Africa, excluding the fertile regions along the northern Mediterranean coast and the Nile River in Egypt and Sudan.

Arabs from the Middle East conquered the region between the A.D. 600s and 1000s, bringing the Berbers and Egyptians who inhabited the area under Arabic and Muslim culture. Today, the population of this vast region is almost entirely Islamic. In most North African countries, sharing the gospel, holding a church meeting, or even owning a Bible is illegal. Believers risk imprisonment and physical harm, including death, for openly practicing their faith.

Christian Aid Mission assists indigenous ministries based in seven North African countries. These ministries are wisely and strategically discipling, training, and equipping believers to plant churches in their communities.

One ministry is providing online church-planter training to Muslim-background believers from a particularly restricted country. They are also reaching seekers through their website and social media, following up with all who express interest in the gospel and connecting them with their on-ground team for discipleship.

A total of 12 indigenous ministries in another country need assistance for evangelism and discipleship programs to train and equip hundreds of youth, pastors, and church leaders to work in areas that are unreached with the gospel.

Since the Arab Spring revolution, youth in North Africa have faced difficulties. Multiple ministries are reaching this vulnerable population through sports, leadership development programs, and vocational training. They have opened Christian kindergartens to reach both children and their mothers, in addition to holding conferences for families where the gospel is shared. Multiple ministries provide educational assistance to poor children. An indigenous ministry is finding success in sharing the gospel through its Christian primary school attended by 700 to 1,000 students in a 99.5-percent Islamic nation.

Other ministries throughout North Africa request help to provide for the needs of persecuted believers who have lost jobs or whose families have rejected them because of their faith, for poverty-stricken refugees who fled from war and terrorism, and for people displaced by natural disaster. Missionary support, Bibles, training, transportation, and gospel tools like projectors, musical instruments, computers, etc., are also among the most needed resources for effective outreach in North Africa.

How to Pray for North Africa

  • Pray that God would open the eyes of people in North Africa to the fallacy of Islam and lead them to Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for great wisdom and courage for indigenous missionaries sharing the gospel in areas where doing so might cost them their lives.
  • Pray that new, Muslim-background believers would stand firm in their faith and be discipled in God’s Word.

More stories from North Africa

North African Christians sitting and standing in rows with their heads bowed and hands up worshiping God

Demon-Possessed Girl Encounters Christ in North Africa

A single mother in North Africa wanted nothing to do with Christians, but when unclean spirits began haunting her daughter, she was compelled to bring her to a service for healing prayer. Known for being contentious and unruly, Ruba* often neglected her seven children and had left the now-haunted daughter in the care of a relative who practiced witchcraft, the leader of a native ministry said. “Evil spirits inhabited her daughter, and when she noticed, she took her daughter back home after three years,” the leader said. “She was now 14 years old, but she was haunted by evil spirits.”

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African woman wearing heads coverings and holds groceries in bags

Help Transform Lives in North Africa

The pleas of spiritually and economically needy people are daily in the ears of native Christian workers, whose first priority is to point them toward the Lord. Workers shared Scripture and prayed with a mother who was in despair because her two daughters viewed God as cruel for taking their father, and soon peace came to their home as they allowed Christ to be Lord of it.

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Christian missionary speaking to a large group of women and children about the gospel

Help Build Strong Disciples in North Africa

A street vendor used to defraud customers until he received a visit from a local Christian worker who invited him to a gospel event, where the man prayed for forgiveness and accepted Christ. Every aspect of his daily life has changed as he has grown in the Lord.

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African women checking into a health clinic

Provide Gospel Tools and Training in North Africa

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.

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