Algeria: land of church growth and Bible hunger

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Published on March 13, 2014

Author: ubsbible

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The Algerian Church has experienced an incredible transformation over the past three decades. From around 2,000 indigenous Christians in the early 1980s, the Christian population is now estimated at somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000. This revival, which is mostly taking place in the Kabylie region or north-east Algeria, is taking place despite significant restrictions and difficulties for Christians.

But Algeria's Christians are brave and committed to their faith and the Bible Society is helping by providing God's Word to all those who request it. In this short slideshow you'll meet some incredibly brave Algerian Christians and learn how to pray for them and their nation.

Algeria:  land  of  church  growth   and  Bible  hunger

Algeria  is  the  birthplace  of  Saint   Augus8ne  -­‐  one  of  the  most   important  early  Chris8an   theologians.  But  by  the  beginning   of  the  1980s,  there  were  only   around  2,000  Algerian  Chris8ans  in   the  whole  country.

Today,  there  are  between   100,000  to  200,000  Chris8ans.   The  Church  is  con8nuing  to  grow   rapidly,  especially  in  the  Kabylie   region  in  the  north  of  Algeria.   This  church  in  Tizi-­‐Ouzou,  Kabylie,  holds   several  services  every  weekend  and  can  host   1,500  people  at  a  8me.

“I  will  pray  un8l  I  see  my  country   worship  you,  Lord,  un8l  I  see  my   country  saved.  You  alone  can  heal   my  country.  Have  mercy  on  Algeria,   pour  your  blessings  on  my  country.”

The  revival  began  in  July  1981,  when  a  church  from  Algiers  organised  a  summer   camp  in  the  mountains  near  a  village  in  Kabylie.  31  villagers  became  Chris8ans.

Around  the  same  8me,  all  Protestant   missionaries  were  expelled  from  Algeria. The  Catholic  Church,  almost   en8rely  made  up  of  foreigners,   remained  under  strict  control.  

Ironically,  these  events  helped  fuel   the  Chris8an  revival  in  Algeria  as   Algerian  Chris8ans  took  the  sharing   of  their  faith  with  their  fellow   ci8zens  into  their  own  hands!

I  was  16  when  Chris8ans  gave   me  a  new  Testament  and  a   tape  with  some  preaching  in   my  language,  Kabyle.  I  had   been  searching  for  God  for  a   long  8me,  and  I  was  so   touched  to  read  and  hear  God   speaking  to  me  in  my  own   language.  In  Islam,  God  only   speaks  Arabic.  In  Chris8anity,   I  met  a  God  who  knows  my   name,  loves  me  and   welcomes  me. -­‐  Fahrid

Being  a  Chris8an  in  Algeria  isn’t   easy.  I  wish  I  could  carry  my   Bible  openly  on  the  streets,  or   read  it  on  the  bus.   Many  people  are  afraid  to  go  to   church.  But  we  have  a  God    who   protects  us!    Please  pray  for   Algerian  Chris8ans  to  have   courage  and  strength. -­‐  Amina.   (She  leads  worship  in  her  church   in  Algiers.  She  is  also  a  Bible   Society  volunteer,  helping  to   proofread  the  Bible  transla?on   into  colloquial  Arabic.)

When  Algerian  Chris8ans  sing  ‘God  is  my   refuge’,  they  sing  it  from  the  heart.  Some   have  lost  their  jobs,  had  their  Bibles   destroyed  by  family  members  again  and   again,  while  others  have  hidden  their  faith   from  family  members  for  many  years,   afraid  of  being  beaten  or  thrown  out.  

Many  people  from  all  walks  of  life  are  becoming  Chris8ans   through  watching  Chris8an  TV  channels.  One  day,  a  family  of   7,  who  had  been  following  a  Chris8an  TV  program,  went  into  a   church  and  asked  the  priest  for  a  Bible.  Afraid  that  he  would   be  expelled  from  the  country,  he  wouldn’t  sell  them  one.  But   he  discreetly  gave  them  the  Bible  Society’s  phone  number.  

The  family  went  to  the  Bible  Society,   spoke  with  Ali  Khidri  (pictured),  who   leads  it,  and  bought  a  Bible.  A  few  days   later  they  were  all  bap8sed.  5  years   later,  the  family  s8ll  faithfully  aaends   church  every  weekend.

Here  in  Algeria,  the  Bible   Society  is  the  only  place   where  people  can  buy  Bibles.   Even  when  we  Catholic   clergy  need  a  Bible,  we   contact  the  Bible  Society.  It  is   such  an  important  ministry   to  provide  this  book  that  is   unlike  any  other.   -­‐  Monsignor  Ghaleb  Bader, Archbishop  of  Algiers

“Please  pray  for  the  peaceful   coexistence  between   religions  here  in  Algeria  -­‐   that  everyone  accepts  each   other  and  that  different   religious  views  are  seen  as   enriching  rather  than  a  cause   for  conflict,”  adds   Archbishop  Bader.

I  really  want  to  thank  all  who  have   helped  provide  the  Bibles  that  we   are  distribu8ng  here  in  Algeria.   Thank  you  for  all  your  gies  and   prayers.  Please  pray  that  many   more  people  will  turn  to  the  Lord.   and  that  we  are  able  to  find  or  build   more  church  buildings,  as  churches   here  are  growing  so  fast.  Pray  also   that  the  law  of  2006,  which  makes   Chris8ans  criminals  if  they  share   their  faith,  will  be  revoked. -­‐  Ali  Khidri, Bible  Society  of  Algeria

Never  stop  praying,  especially  for  others.  Always   pray  by  the  power  of  the  Spirit.  Stay  alert  and  keep   praying  for  God’s  people. To  find  out  more  about  our  work  around   the  world,  visit  unitedbiblesocie8es.org Ephesians  6:18

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