• Pray for God's Word to get into the hands, homes, and hearts of Algerians.
• Pray for intensifying persecution to embolden and multiply this growing Church.
• Pray for equipped and compassionate Algerian believers to proclaim Jesus throughout the country.
The largest nation in Africa, Algeria continues to face problems nearly as big. The Berbers were the nation's first native inhabitants and lived at peace until the 5th century B.C., when Algeria experienced foreign influence. Islamic expansions during the 8th and 11th centuries were highly influential, as the new religion and Arabic language were brought to the region. French colonial rule, which began during the 19th century, brought French ethos and socialist ideas, which similarly affected Algerian culture and thought.
Algerians rebelled against French rule during the mid 1950s. Although independence was gained in 1962, millions of people died in the years preceding autonomy. Upon independence, socialist governments with strong militaristic loyalties controlled Algerian policies and trade. The large oil and natural gas deposits found within Saharan lands were hopeful assets for economic growth. Unfortunately, low petroleum prices left Algeria's economy faltering. During the 1990s, brutal civil war ensued between military forces and Islamist militants. The struggle for political control cost the lives of over 100,000 people. Islamist factions continue to emerge, and the government, which identifies itself as Islamic, is making concessions to these extremists at alarming rates.
Although violent Muslim extremist groups don’t have a wide support base among the Algerian people, the heavy influence of Islam and the government's promotion of extremist ideals continue to color the nation's spiritual climate. Algerian Christians face systemic persecution through laws banning all non-Muslim worship. Blasphemy and proselytizing charges have landed many believers in prison. Even so, Christianity is expanding despite increasing opposition, with some estimating there are 600,000 believers in Algeria today! Congregations composed of Arab, Berber, and foreign believers are experiencing great unity and exhibit a vibrant national expression of faith. Pray that God would continue to move mightily in Algeria, drawing many to himself through the witness of bold believers and effective missional efforts to Muslim neighbors.
Capital City: Algiers
Government: Presidential republic
Major People Groups: Algerian Arab 58%, Hamyan Bedouin 7%, Greater Kabyle (Western) 6%, Shawiya (Chaouia) 5%, Tajakant Bedouin 4%
Religion: Sunni Muslim 99%, Agnostic 1%
Language: Arabic, Hassaniyya Arabic, Kabyle, Tachawit, Central Atlas Tamazight, and 17 others
GDP Per Capita: $10,700
Literacy Rate: 81.40%
POPULATION IN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: 99.9%
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