The North African region is very different from the rest of Africa. The area spans from Mauritania in the west to Tunisia in the east and has recently seen much turmoil. The Arab Spring was triggered in Tunisia, and Libya has been in a chaotic state since Muammar Gaddafi was deposed. In addition, protests have broken out in Algeria and the president was forced to step down. However, Morocco has been politically stable and is growing economically. The inhabitants of this region are mostly of Berber descent, but through Arabization and Islamization, their cultures have been drastically impacted. Arabic, French, and Berber are the most commonly spoken languages. Between 93-98% of the population of these nations is considered Muslim and most countries only have a few thousand believers. These followers of Christ worship underground in small networks of house churches. While the law of most countries in this region allows religious freedom, that freedom is abused and believers are often persecuted for attempting to convert Muslims. Only expats in the region are allowed to worship openly. At the same time, many people in the region have become disillusioned with Islam and have become agnostic. This has created a ripe seedbed for the gospel to flourish.
God has opened doors for us to connect with believers in almost all of the North African countries, and Live Schools have been established in most of them. Our work here is an incredible privilege as not many organizations can connect with the underground church. Our strategy is a cautious one which involves much prayer and creative communication. There are at least 13 students who have completed the Live School training in this region, and recently, material was put in place so that another 60 believers can go through Live School. These believers are reaching many people with the gospel. It is a slow process, and, in most cases, conversion takes years. But there is fruit! Our goal is to get behind these believers, encourage them, train them, pray for them, and see them become even more effective with taking the gospel to their own people. We believe that a focused prayer strategy is needed. We will pray open the ancient doors (Psalm 24:7-10).
Live Schools have been established in two nations, and the process has begun to start schools in two other countries. There are a total of 186 students who have been empowered to go through Live School.
Eddie and Leré Robinson
Eddie and Leré Robinson have served at World Mission Centre for the last 29 years. The couple met while Eddie was leading Maringo Mission, a mission base on the south coast of South Africa where the focus was to reach farm workers. Leré’s father, Frans, was one of the farmers who allowed Eddie and his co-worker, Amon, to minister to his workers. After getting engaged, Eddie and Leré moved to Pretoria where they served with World Mission Centre during Love Southern Africa, GCOWE, and Project Focus. They were part of rolling Live School out in Southern Africa but were then asked to move to the States to start the USA office. Their three beautiful daughters were born in Pretoria, South Africa and now live and go to school in the USA. Today, Eddie is responsible for the North Africa and Caribbean regions. Leré now runs a business that changes many lives through teaching personal health and wellness.
SHORT STORY 1
A brother, the leader of a network of underground churches, recently testified about what a significant impact Live School has had on his life. Over some time, he has gone through 124 of the sessions. In a recent meeting, he spoke highly of the training to other leaders and encouraged them to make use of Live School. Later that day we made Live School material available to his network, and even though we gave him enough for 25 people, he virtually begged for more. It is exceedingly difficult for believers to meet there, so we are making Live School available to them in a format which allows them to watch it anywhere and by themselves.
SHORT STORY 2
Another leader of a group of underground churches recently testified that four of his key leaders have completed Live School. Another three are still going through the training. He said that these seven people are the backbone of the outreach they are doing. It takes a lot of time and effort to lead one Muslim to the Lord. It involves driving long distances and many meetings. This leader’s outreach capacity has been increased by the seven people that are helping him. In most cases in these nations, there are not enough leaders and safe places to meet. God willing, we can help raise up more leaders through the Live School’s training.
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