North Africa

Of the 95 million people in North Africa, only a handful worship the Lord Jesus Christ. We seek to uniquely cross barriers, proclaiming the gospel where Christ is not known. We aim to accelerate placements of personnel where they are most needed by developing partnerships with like-minded organisations. We envision expansion through missional businesses, Professionals in Mission, and bringing in consultants for transformational development in the most vulnerable segments of society. Not only do we aim to establish ministries in coastal urban and rural centres, but we are trusting God to bring the gospel south to the peoples of the Sahara Desert.

North Africa

Of the 95 million people in North Africa, only a handful worship the Lord Jesus Christ. We seek to uniquely cross barriers, proclaiming the gospel where Christ is not known. We aim to accelerate placements of personnel where they are most needed by developing partnerships with like-minded organisations. We envision expansion through missional businesses, Professionals in Mission, and bringing in consultants for transformational development in the most vulnerable segments of society. Not only do we aim to establish ministries in coastal urban and rural centres, but we are trusting God to bring the gospel south to the peoples of the Sahara Desert.

Communities where He is least known

Urban unemployed youth

In one country, 33 per cent of those under 30 are unemployed and over 40 per cent of university graduates are unemployed. One graduate said, “An unemployed is not a person … Society itself does not accept him.”* We create businesses that hire young people, equipping them as productive members of society. We model and speak of Christ, demonstrating how Christ can transform lives in workplaces.

People in need

In North Africa, the poor are usually those most steeped in Islam. Education and capacity building can be keys to open minds to creative ideas, while love and encouragement open hearts to meet the Saviour. We partner with those whose vision is to be agents of transformation by coming alongside local initiatives.

The arts and media

We believe in the power of arts and media to impact society deeply. Truth that comes through popular music can be highly influential. We are exploring how music and visual arts can be avenues to glorify Christ.

Nomads

Among the 99 ethnic groups in North Africa, 25 are nomads or have segments of nomadic people. Very few workers bring the gospel to them. Working with nomads is challenging, requiring creative solutions in housing and ministry methods.

*Breaking the Barriers to Youth Inclusion, p. 24, World Bank 2014

Prayers

1

Pray for ministries to launch in two more North African countries this year.

2

Pray for more workers from all over the world, including business people, professionals, interns and skilled labourers.

3

Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts and give dreams and visions to many.

4

Pray for that our workers will keep in step with the Spirit and remain undistracted by this spiritually hostile environment through the guidance of the Good Shepherd.

5

Pray for creativity, perseverance, wisdom and investors for our business people.

6

Pray for perseverance and love for our workers, as they encourage people to move from tension and jealousy to grace through discipleship.

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