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All articles in category Northern Africa

May 2013
Egypt

Egypt Update

The uprising in Egypt stunned the world, as President Mubarak stepped aside in 2011. The once invincible leader of the Arab world’s most populous nation was later seen in a courtroom on a stretcher behind bars.      With elections, Mr Morsi was ushered into the presidential palace. He was steeped in the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in 1928. Years of oppression forced the Brotherhood to meet in secret as many of its members were imprisoned. Coming out into the open, with one of their own in the presidential palace, their dreams have come true.      While Egyptian Christians were positive about the...

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March 2013
Sudan

Sudanese repatriation

Sudanese repatriation On the morning of Tuesday 18 December, a convoy of 33 buses and 35 trucks left Khartoum, taking some 1500 people and all their worldly possessions ‘home’ to South Sudan. For some of them, depending on which part they were going to, this was to be a four-day journey. I say ‘home’, but, although these folks are Southern Sudanese, many have never lived there or even seen the South. Yet, it is undoubtedly home for them and they were overjoyed to be leaving an increasingly hostile and difficult North. Around a quarter of a million Southern Sudanese, many of whom are our Christian...

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Moroccan church on the rebound
July 2012
Morocco

Moroccan church on the rebound

Moroccan church on the rebound Since the expulsions of a large number of expatriate mission workers in 2010 and subsequent harassment of local believers, Moroccan churches have been temporarily weakened.     Some cities were hit harder than others by the government’s action, with many local believers coming under increased scrutiny. Some underwent daily questioning and persecution for a while.     As a result, many local house churches stopped or curtailed their meetings. Some of these fellowships have now resumed meeting; others have not restarted. Local church leaders are working to re-gather the church and bring together many who have stopped coming.    Over the last few...

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Life at home in South Sudan
January 2012
Sudan

Life at home in South Sudan

World Mission Life at home in South Sudan I realise how far I have journeyed to be able to join together the words ‘at home’ and ‘in Sudan’. I remember when we arrived five years ago. I was in our aracuba, the temporary grass shelter we lived in as we constructed a hut to dwell in for the next four years.     I was pregnant and sitting on a small stool, washing cloth diapers in a rationed amount of water. It was Sunday morning and I was doing this wash out of necessity, because Samuel, two years old, had been having diarrhoea through the night....

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Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute
September 2010
Morocco

Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute

Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh,Morocco’ a personal tribute   In 1951 Ellen Doran and Emmagene Coats purchased a simple Moroccan home on a mountainside near the Middle Atlas village of Ain Leuh.   Although they had come to Morocco from the USA in 1939 as missionary partners, by bringing to them unbidden five little girls (who for different reasons and periods of time needed their shelter), God had increasingly shown that motherhood was now his calling for these two single ladies.      Then they were given a baby daughter whose abruptly widowed father had lovingly entrusted her to their permanent care. She was...

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Morocco expels foreign Christians
May 2010
Morocco

Morocco expels foreign Christians

Morocco expels foreign Christians   He was on his way to visit a Moroccan believer when two men approached him in the street. After seeing their identification, Tom (not his real name) agreed to go with the plain clothes policemen.      Tom managed to text his wife en-route to a Moroccan police station where he answered questions and was detained for six hours. The next day Tom was escorted to the airport and deported, leaving behind 15 years of life, language study and a deep connection with the emerging Moroccan church.      Expulsions   Since 6 March 2010, 40 foreigners of eight nationalities have been...

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Testing times in Algeria
April 2010
Algeria

Testing times in Algeria

Testing times in Algeria   A growing church in Kabylia, north-west Algeria, was to begin meeting in their new premises on 26 December 2009. But when the believers arrived at the Tizi Ouzou church, they found around 50 Muslim protesters barring the doors.   This growing church in Tizi Ouzou built their premises to accommodate 350 people. They had disregarded a letter from the authorities saying the church was illegal, as they had received such letters before. They chose to continue because they are a member of the Eglise Protestante d’Algerie (EPA), which (according to Middle East Concern) is registered with the authorities.             Church leaders contacted the...

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A visit to Algeria
January 2007
Algeria

A visit to Algeria

Esther Katrina of Arab World Ministries recently visited some of her correspondents in Algeria. These extracts from her report give highlights from the trip: God’s help began on arrival, when the police showed no interest in my baggage. I had carried in loads of books and CDs as gifts, and preferred not to be questioned about them. In stark contrast to the cold of my last trip, this time it was the heat that nearly got the better of me. The close, damp heat of early evening at the airport was just the beginning. First visitors My first visitor was Mouloud, a student to whom...

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