Across the region, Christian populations in Arab nations are dwindling at alarming rates. Open Doors ranks Algeria among nations known for heavy oppression of Christians, due to numerous church closings, strict blasphemy laws, and widespread rejection of new believers from their families. And yet, against all odds, Algerians are turning to the Lord each day.
A DECADE OF GROWTH
In 2013, only 10,000 believers remained in Algeria, but Joshua Project confirms today’s Christian population at over half a million! The Christian Post reports the Algerian Church has grown “50-fold in 10 years.”
A single church in northern Algeria has blossomed to 1,000 members. Dr. Rex Rogers, President at SAT-7 USA, says, “So many are coming to Christ that every few months they hold a baptism service where 60 to 100 new believers declare their new faith.” An additional 14 churches have been planted as a result of this church.
BELIEVERS TESTIFY TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Many from Algeria’s Kabyle community have testified in the SAT-7 program Free Souls. Nazweena shares her hardships of abuse, marital strife, a spouse’s alcoholism, and how God’s Word has transformed her family’s life: