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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 six 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.

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 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. 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

Help Plant Gospel Seeds in North Africa

In spite of arrests and church closures, with much prayer and fasting native Christian workers shared the gospel in both broadcast recordings and personal discussions as they planted several home fellowships. One worker visited a man dying from a liver disease. After he lay hands on him and prayed, the man left the hospital 11 days later completely healed, and he and 35 relatives put their faith in Christ.

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Help Plant Churches in North Africa

Working in a strict Muslim country, native Christian workers had the experience to safely share the gospel with many people as they visited 21 villages last year, 10 of them previously unreached. They planted 91 secret house churches, each with five to 10 members, in 12 villages.

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Help Send the Message of Eternal Life in North Africa

Multiple kinds of outreaches of one native ministry enabled workers to bring the gospel to more than 140,000 people over the course of six months, and to another 32,000 souls through media. “We thank the Lord for continuing to deliver the message of Jesus to needy people,” the native ministry leader said.

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Man and woman speaking at the font of a small church in North Africa

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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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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