Algeria and the impact that Christ is making

| May 22, 2012 | Comments (1)
Believers in Algeria today

Believers in Algeria today

Algeria which is the biggest country in Africa today has been impacted by the message of the Good News (Gospel). Algeria today majority in religion are Muslims, but in the midst of all that people are coming to knowledge of Christ today.

My trip to Algeria has been a remarkable experience whereby I have sat with churches and discovered why people come to the knowledge of Christ. In recent news the Islamists party in Algeria have lost in the election and believed that there was fraud in the election.

In Algeria today there are over 100,000 Christians today who are mainly in the area of Kabylie, where many are turning to Christ for example through a dream, television or just reading the Bible for the first time. Algerian Christians suffer for their faith in Algeria where churches get burnt; believers in Christ go to prison or even being killed.

Looking at the history of Algeria and Christianity, there was man by the name of St Augustine of Hippo was born in municipium of Thagast which modern day Souk Ahras, Algeria, who was one of the church fathers of that specific time and devoted his life to god by saying:

I threw myself down somehow under a certain fig tree, and let my tears flow freely. Rivers streamed from my eyes, a sacrifice acceptable to you and (though not in these words, yet in this sense) I repeatedly said to you: ‘How long, O Lord? How long, Lord, will you be angry to the uttermost? Do not be mindful of our old iniquities. For I felt my past to have a grip on me. It uttered wretched cries: ‘How long, how long is it to be?’ ‘Tomorrow, tomorrow.’ ’Why not not? Why not an end to my impure life in this very hour?’

As I was saying this and weeping in the bitter agony of my heart, suddenly I heard a voice from the nearby house chanting as if it might be a boy or a girl (I do not know which), saying and repeating over and over again ‘Pick up and read, pick up and read.’ At once my countenance changed, and I began to think intently whether there might be some sort of children’s game in which such a chant is used. But I could not remember having heard of one. I checked the flood of tears and stood up. I interpreted it solely as a divine command to me to open the book and read the first chapter I might find. For I had heard how Antony happened to be present at the gospel reading, and took it as an admonition addressed to himself when the words were read: ‘Go, sell all you have, give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me’. By such an inspired utterance he was immediately ‘converted to you’ (Ps. 50.15). So I hurried back to the place where Alypius was sitting. There I had put down the book of the apostle when I got up. I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eyes lit: ‘Not in riots and drunken parties, not in eroticism and indecencies, not in strife and rivalry, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lusts.

I neither wished nor needed to read further. At once, with the last words of this sentence, it was as if a light of relief from all anxiety flooded into my heart. All the shadows of doubt were dispelled.

— The Confessions of Saint Augustine, Book VIII, Paragraphs 28 and 29

Lift up Algeria today in your prayers, people suffer for their faith because of truth, Jesus said what does it a profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?

Youssef

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  • Lohrmann

    God bless you! i am an American Christian and delighted to pray for my Algerian brothers and sisters. God bless you all!