News from Africa

Christian Aid’s News articles offer you a glimpse into the lives of indigenous believers, their struggles and their triumphs. We hope that by informing you of the needs of your brethren, God will lead you to pray and support indigenous missions groups.

Traditional Ritual Stuns Village Patriarch

April 26, 2018 - Adama had lived in his village in Burkina Faso his entire life – 90 years. Suddenly, he was banished. A 6-year-old girl had mysteriously died, and tribal leaders used a divination ritual to determine what had provoked local spirits to commit such an outrage. A shadow fell on Adama, and they accused him of employing witchcraft to bring a deadly disease on the girl. The traditions of the animist village called for him to be expelled for two years to verify his guilt; if he managed to survive in the wilds, he would be declared innocent and could return. Gaunt and broken, he was cursing some rocks when indigenous missionaries spied him while they too were being escorted from the village; in their case, for preaching Christ. Like native missionaries throughout the country, they were trying to bring wholeness and healing to entire communities. Read more.

Animists in Kenya Find Meaning in Christ

April 5, 2018 - In the midst of a long drought, the birth of a girl in western Kenya had created quite a dispute in her family about what to name her. Due to malnutrition she had been born prematurely, which among the Bukusu tribe called for the name Nambuswa. But she cried for long spells during the daytime, which the Bukusu took to mean an ancestral spirit on her mother's side was trying to signal that the child should be named after her. Yet there were no maternal ancestors named Nambuswa. The family of animists in a village near Chwele town, on the remote western edge of Kenya, was torn. The family patriarch would ultimately decide, but the arrival of an indigenous missionary would determine the name's meaning – as native missionaries throughout Africa bring meaning to people's lives. Read more.

Snatching Life from the Jaws of Death in Ghana

February 22, 2018 - A tumor in her jaw caused the impoverished woman in Ghana too much pain to do anything, and it had so disfigured her that other Muslims thought she had been cursed by Allah – so they shunned her. Read more.

Spiritual Battles Rage over Souls in Liberia

February 1, 2018 - As he lay so sick on his bed he could not talk or eat, the farmer in Liberia wondered: If Jesus was more powerful than the evil spirits he had served before he was saved, then how was it that they could return to destroy him? Read more.

Native North African Missionary Attacked on Christmas

January 5, 2018 - Celebrating Christmas in an area known as a training ground for Islamic terrorists nearly proved fatal for an indigenous missionary from northern Africa. Read more.

Bringing Criminals to Christ in Mali

October 5, 2017 - Most of the women behind bars in Mali had been convicted of infanticide. One Muslim woman was not eager to say what crime she had committed. Read more.

Criminal Gang Leader's Spiritual Journey in Egypt

September 14, 2017 - Surviving in Egypt's underworld is hard enough without provoking goons to violence by opting out of a criminal gang. It's even more dangerous for a gang leader thinking of embracing Christ. Read more.

Christians Overcome Hostility, Persecution from Muslim Missions

August 10, 2017 - For two years in an area of northern Ghana where indigenous Muslim missionaries had created a climate of fear, only three Muslims had shown the slightest interest in Christ. The Holy Spirit then stunned Christian indigenous missionaries. Read more.

Workers Battle Drought, Starvation and Superstition

June 22, 2017 - A weary mother in drought-stricken Niger had already seen two of her children die from starvation, and now her 2-year-old son's skin was clinging to his bones. She feared that spirits were angry with her. Read more.

Drought in Kenya Creates Staggering Crisis

May 25, 2017 - Devastating hunger has left millions of people hungry in northern Kenya and the Rift Valley as under-funded native missionaries wonder if Western media have paid any attention. Read more.

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