Arabic-speaking Algerians number over 28.3 million. They are a Berber people group who were “Arabized” when the Arabs entered North Africa in the seventh century. Many have left Algeria to find employment opportunities abroad. Those who remain in Algeria earn their livelihood through farming and raising livestock. Almost all of them follow Islam even though centuries ago many were Christian.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Mehdi* had just experienced a dream. “A man is coming from another country,” the person in the dream told him. “If you listen to his message, you will find the purpose for your life.” Mehdi was troubled by this dream and pondered who this man could be. Medhi’s wife suggested, “Perhaps it is the man whose face is on the sign by the highway.” Medhi decided to visit the local church that was advertised on the local billboard with the man’s face. Medhi sat through the service and felt something stirring in his heart. After much debate within himself, Medhi decided to come forward and accept Jesus. A year after receiving Christ, Medhi returned to his home country where a public declaration of the gospel is not allowed. Even though it is illegal to publicly declare the gospel Medhi shares the message of salvation with whomever he can.
To join in reaching Algerian Arabs visit Live Dead.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Patrick Johnstone, the founder of Operation World, explains, “The opening of the Muslim world for the gospel cannot be organized by human effort or stratagems but only by prayer…”
He contends that the problem facing Christian missions to Islamic people is spiritual and its solution is spiritual. The problem is “some billion people of the world are trusting a false absolute for their eternal salvation.” Through fervent prayer, it is assured that God will soften their hearts and make the truth known to them.
See “Undergirding the Effort with Prayer” posted by Global Initiative for more information.
To get involved with reaching Muslims through prayer, visit Jumaa Prayer Fellowship.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray Arabic-speaking Algerians will come to know the truth of Jesus, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NIV).
- Pray for the adherents of local national churches to be burdened to reach out to Muslims within their communities.
- Pray that a team, operating in their giftings and empowered by the Holy Spirit, would raise up Algerian leaders to plant churches among this unreached people group.
- Algerian Arabs have yet to receive a translation of the entire Bible in their native language, pray that a translation may be made available to them in their language.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.
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