North Africa: Where Foursquare wants to reach next

What does it look like to carry out Christ's Great Commission in this region of the world?

North Africa is as dry spiritually as its large swathes of inhospitable desert.

In this region, there are just a handful of believers. Islam dominates, conversion is widely illegal, and missionary activity requires courage and caution.

Yet, even in the face of persecution and political instability, there are ministry oases through which Foursquare leaders believe God can bring a long-awaited harvest.

Sam Johnson appeals for prayer for this unreached, overlooked part of the world for which he leads efforts as Foursquare Mission International’s (FMI) area missionary for MENACA—the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

Nations

FMI’s North Africa region comprises Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia—collectively the area known as Maghreb, Arabic for “sunset”—and Egypt.

Population + Religion

91.2 million people. That’s 99.6 percent Muslim, 0.3 percent Christian and 0.1 percent evangelical.

Roots

One-time stronghold of the faith, it was home to church fathers such as Athanasius, Augustine, Cyprian and Tertullian.

Challenges

A very small indigenous evangelical church persists. ISIS seeks to extend its draconian influence.

Doorways

Opportunities for the gospel exist through “business as missions” initiatives, plus discipleship of refugees.

Strategies

Send workers from Central and South America, culturally closer and likely to face less suspicion and hostility than less-welcome “Westerners.”

Plans

FMI is working to establish a new Foursquare presence in one North African country in 2017.

Intercession

Pray for new believers to safely maintain Jesus-centered relationships with their families, who typically reject and may harm those who turn from Islam.

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is a freelance writer living in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
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