SAT-7 alongside Christians in North Africa
Algeria (MNN) – Christianity once had many followers in North Africa. Today, Jesus’ disciples are rare. But they show immense devotion to God and to each other.
Joe Willey of SAT-7 USA says, “Due to oppression and the lack of Christian resources, many believers are young in their faith. But there is really great enthusiasm. We know that when they become believers, they also become sincere servants of God, and they open their hearts and their homes.
A Christian from Algeria, Samia, spoke to SAT-7. She says life is not easy under an increasingly strict government that has forced some churches to close.
But Samia says that believers wear persecution like a “crown on their heads.” She compared her community to the early church, each sharing their possessions and dedicating themselves to prayer.
Samia says the Algerian Church hopes to bridge the gap with the rest of society. They even aspire to put an end to regional conflicts between Arab and Amazigh peoples. Learn more about Samia and listen to other North African Christians here.
SAT-7’s work in North Africa
Willey says SAT-7 is working alongside North African Christians. “Because Maghreb believers are often young in their faith, they ask themselves questions. They want to know more. So SAT-7 created the Standard Talk program to explain basic theology, and also explain the Christian faith to non-believers.
Despite the resistance, Samia says the Church is reaching out to her neighbors with love. Pray that God will bring healing to Alegria through the love of these Christians. Willey says, “We can just pray that God will open churches and Christians will be allowed to worship freely.”
Header photo courtesy of SAT-7 USA.