Africa

Overview

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.

Ways To Give

Evangelism & Discipleship

An indigenous ministry in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where more than 60 percent of the population practices a toxic blend of witchcraft and Islam, is reaching lost villagers for Christ through its five-fold strategy of prayer, sending missionaries to the field, showing gospel films, holding crusades, and discipleship. Through this method, they planted churches in 34 villages in 2016. “Over 70 percent of the churches planted have been through the support received from Christian Aid Mission,” the leader said. GIVE NOW to help evangelistic and discipleship ministries like this one in Africa.
A Christian Egyptian man places tile on a wall layered with cement while others watch

Community Engagement

After traveling to Egypt’s northern villages and shantytowns, an Egyptian Christian leader started a ministry to encourage people to lift themselves out of poverty. His immediate objective was to help the needy support themselves by offering loans so they could establish their own small businesses. Over half of Egypt’s women are considered illiterate, but through the ministry’s educational and evangelistic programs, many are on their way to profitable careers and a new life in Jesus Christ. Over 1,000 women have taken cosmetology and sewing classes through the ministry, which also offers occupational training programs for men, including barbering, ceramic tiling, house construction, painting, electronics, carpentry, and plumbing. Mobile computerized training units are taken into economically-depressed communities. Once students complete their training, the ministry helps them find employment. GIVE NOW to help community engagement ministries like this one in Africa.
African Christian women praising God with their eyes closed and hands raised

Compassion

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

Africa

Fortify New Believers in Ghana

A native Christian worker who travelled to a northern region to disciple people who had accepted Christ on a previous visit found they were in need of biblical reinforcement. “Almost all who gathered under the trees were not sure of their salvation,” he said. “These 105 people rededicated to Christ.”

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Africa

Extend Hope to the Lost in Burundi

A Muslim mother of five attended a meeting at a native Christian worker’s home, where she was stunned by how genuinely church members prayed and loved each other. As she began studying the Bible, she concluded that Christ was her Savior and put her trust in Him.

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Support Evangelism in Hostile Areas in Cameroon

At a four-day evangelistic event in the northern part of the country, local leaders mobilized those hostile to the gospel to destroy the team’s generator and sound system speakers. “But finally those who made it so they lost power accepted Jesus and confessed all the wicked works they have done to keep the villages poor and afflicted,” the ministry leader said.

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Invite People into God’s Family in North Africa

A young woman estranged from her family called out to God, and a friend invited her to a native Christian ministry’s meeting, where she experienced the love of Christ through the other women and leaders. She attended a conference with them and put her faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.

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Share the Love of Christ in Chad

A team of four healthcare workers and five evangelists recently visited a town where they treated 192 people free of charge and shared Christ with individuals, families and various groups. They distributed 50 Arabic-language New Testaments, as well as 100 pamphlets and 20 audio Bibles in their native tongue. “Five people, including three women, accepted Jesus as their Savior,” the ministry leader said.

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Support Gospel Work amid Danger in Nigeria

In areas where kidnappings and killings are rampant, native Christian workers are discreetly spreading the gospel. Villagers hostile to the gospel recently received food, clothing and other aid that helped soften their hearts. “Muslims accepted us, received our gifts and gave us everything we needed,” the ministry leader said.

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