We are very excited that God is working mightily in Algeria. You might have heard about the revival; you might have heard about people becoming Christians. But to be here and see it for yourself, then you are reminded how God is so powerful.
In 1988, Imane* and her husband, Sami*, Field Leaders for Algeria, returned to his native country to plant churches and disciple there.
Now, with churches filled and thousands of people coming to faith, the couple recognized a new need: believers in Algeria know about Jesus, but they don’t know about missions. Which lead them to their new ministry passion and start Algerians for Missions. The goal is to send out 1,000 Algerians on missions by 2025 within Algeria and beyond. By the end of 2018, Sami reported that 130 Algerians were sent on short-term trips.
To facilitate this process, Sami and Imane advocate, fundraise and oversee the building of a new missions training center: The Timothy Mission School.
“That building, as far as I know, is the first in the whole Middle East and North Africa that recruits Muslim-background believers, trains them and sends them out for missions,” according to Sami.
They inaugurated the building in December 2017 and immediately put it to use. When the mission building finished, they invited all the construction workers to come inside, and we shared the gospel with all of them (Christians and Muslims), and now quite a few of them want to go to church.
With 18 rooms and three apartments, the building can accommodate about 72 students. There are still walls to be painted, floors to be tiled, heat and gas hook-ups to complete and a garden to be outfitted, but the space has already been a blessing to the community.
People regularly stop by the center for prayer and pastoral care throughout the week, culminating with prayer and fasting every Friday. Prayer and deliverance are a large ministry. A lot of people come from many different backgrounds, strong relationships with parents, families, all kinds of things. One of the greatest needs is a safe place where people can come and feel confident that the trust is there. By God’s grace, we are building the place.
Between June and August, the building will be available for churches across Algeria to rent for summer camps, seminars, and retreats – an excellent benefit for groups who previously struggled to find venues that would rent to Christians.
Developing a local missions school was not only strategic but also necessary. “Algeria is very hard to get a visa to come to, and it is tough to stay as a missionary, so we have to work with the nationals,” Sami noted.
The inaugural class of nine students already graduated from the Timothy Mission School in June 2018, with the second round of six full-time students taking their place. Drop-ins are also encouraged, so up to 15 people often sit in on the lessons.
“There is huge potential to send out,” Sami said. “I believe that we’re coming into the stage where we are serious, practical training and getting teams ready to go.”
In 2019, short-term Algerian teams are preparing to go to places such as Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Niger. Several workers will also go to Tunisia to serve long-term. One Algerian believer has joined the Near East field’s Arab internship program, designed to equip people to serve in the least-reached places on the field, which includes Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Two missions organizations plan to visit Algeria to recruit ten Algerians to join them in the Near East as well.
“Truly God has a special plan for the Algerian church, and He is putting all the puzzles together to accomplish His plan,” Imane said. Praise God for the many doors he is opening for Algerians in missions. Please pray that He would provide financial support for the Timothy Mission School and for the Algerian brothers and sisters willing to serve in other countries.