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


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

Togolese Christian evangelist standing in front of a bush holding a stack of tapes for teaching

Help Transform Lives with the Gospel in Togo

A native ministry was able to share the gospel with 3,450 people over the course of six months. Among them was a 19-year-old man who had left school and gone on drinking binges. “During our soul-saving seminar, by the grace of God he was saved and was baptized,” the ministry leader said. “Since then he is now respecting his parents and has stopped drinking; he has gone back to school and is preaching the Good News to his friends.”

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Help Plant Churches in Ivory Coast

Local missionaries from a native ministry helped a villager work on his farm, and when his family invited them to dinner at the end of the day, the workers spoke to them about God. “The whole family gave their lives to the Lord,” the ministry leader said. Many Bible studies arise from workers coming alongside villagers in this way.

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Help Form Disciples in Cameroon

Male initiation rites lasting three months disrupted boys’ education until native Christian workers taught villagers how faith in Christ frees them from fear of the powers of witchcraft. “We taught that in Christ they are free from any demon; we advised them to be confident and to send their children to school,” the ministry leader said.

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The gospel is spreading as people are delivered from the powers of darkness and the Holy Spirit leads them to share their testimonies with others. These testimonies lead to more invitations for native Christian workers to share the Good News.

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Help Form Witnesses for Christ in Gambia

The joy and confidence that a high school-aged girl has shown since accepting Christ has made a strong impression on her family, and her older sister also decided to become a Christian and is attending church services with her. The ministry leader who led them to faith is also encouraged by a worker who shares the gospel in radio broadcasts in his native Manjago language.

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Help Spread Word of the Kingdom in North Africa

Pastors leading churches in predominantly Muslim areas face the challenges of members losing opportunities for jobs or marriage because of their new faith, as well as lack of worship buildings. Native Christian workers offering leadership and evangelism trainings address these challenges and teach values such as servant leadership and unity.

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