North Africa was formerly hostile to the gospel, but now there is a powerful spiritual awakening. In this region, where 99% of the population are Muslims, tens of thousands of people accept Christ.
“What God is doing in North Africa, from Mauritania to Libya is unprecedented in the history of missions,” says documentary filmmaker Tino Cahws. A graduate of Regent University, he spent years traveling the region, capturing what is happening.
“I had the honor to take testimony and hear the stories first-hand from men and women of all ages. For example, someone was sitting in the room and suddenly saw God and felt His presence. So real was the vision of reality. Some even were talking, so it was not just a flash of light,” says Tino Cahws.
Interview Tino Cachucha confirm what experts call a powerful move of God in the predominantly Muslim countries: Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia.
“Sometimes I’m jealous: why today God is visiting the Muslim world, then when we don’t hear similar happened in traditional Christian societies?”, — says the documentary filmmaker.
From the shores of Casablanca in Morocco to Tripoli in Libya has seen an unprecedented growth of Christianity, especially the last twenty years. And this growth is most notable in Algeria, a country in North Africa.
“We really never thought the Algerian Church would grow so much. Since the opening of the Church and to this day we baptize 150-160 believers per year,” says pastor Salah, who heads one of the largest Christian communities in Algeria. The Church is visited by believers around 1200, and according to the pastor, every new Christian in his Church in the past Muslim.
“I saw Algerians with all your heart worship God, and I affected it,” says Zino, who in the Church pastor Salah was invited by a friend.
There are people like Farhat who talk about the wonderful meetings. This man says he was illiterate and could not read the Bible when I accepted the Lord. Since then, God has transformed: “Now I read the Bible and understand the Word of God, says Farhat. — This is just one example of what God has done in my life. And like I, here, in Algeria, a lot.”
Despite the fact that Algeria is a predominantly Muslim country, the government allowed Protestant churches to freely register their community.
“This is the first Muslim-Arab government to officially recognize the Church, other than Islam,” says Yousef Churchman, a leading Algerian pastor. According to him, the authorities from time to time persecute and intimidate Christians, but it does not go to any comparison with the persecution that was twenty years ago.
“God gives us many opportunities to testify at police stations and courts — continues Koromani. I came to the police station, and I was allowed to talk about Jesus forty-five minutes! Just imagine: all those Muslims say, “Please, tell us about Jesus!”
But Algeria and the countries of North Africa weren’t always open to the gospel.
“You know, of course, a parable: “a sower went Out to sow and the seed fell on the rocky place.” Is North Africa. At that time, there was a dry and rocky soil,” says pastor Peter, who is a missionary veteran in these parts. He believes that with the advent of satellite television and the Internet, people have dramatically changed the perception of Christianity: “Local religion and culture was immune to anything foreign, and Christianity was considered the religion of the Europeans. And today in North Africa can be seen on TV, as the local Arab Christians talking about their faith. It is Mature Christians, they answer questions and participate in the debate,” he says.
Now, encouraged by the power of God, Algerian Christians have embarked on a mission to share the gospel to all corners of the globe: “God has put in our hearts the goal: by 2025, to send a thousand missionaries — says pastor Youssef Koromani. — I do believe that maybe one day America will be missionaries, former Muslims, is to serve the Muslims of the United States, and other countries,” — said the Minister.