Algerian Church Growth Increases Years After Persecution

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Centuries of Islamic domination passed by with almost no visible presence of the Church in North Africa. The Church in North Africa has taken root again and is starting to grow, most notably in Algeria.

Mustapha Krim, pastor of one of the churches in the country and former president of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), shares about the growth: “The Church started out very small. In the beginning we saw very little growth, but then the growth became like a rolling snowball, growing bigger and bigger. Now, there are zeros at end of the growth numbers.
“For example, in my city of Bejaja we originally had 10 believers; now there are at least 500. It has been a privilege to see the birth of many more groups.”He explains that the growth followed the persecution of the 1990’s which prompted the start of Christian radio broadcasts, and later, showing of the Jesus film.

“The media is the most important tool for bringing people to the Church. I give thanks to the Lord because every day new people are joining,” states Krim.

There are Bible study groups in the church and discipleship training is also offered. But for some people, this means they have to travel many miles to get to the nearest church.