Believers in North Africa Wear Persecution Like a “Crown on their Heads”

Samia and her family. (Photo courtesy of SAT-7 USA)

Christianity once had a large following in North Africa. Today, followers of Jesus are few and far between. But they display a tremendous devotion to God and each other.

Joe Willey with SAT-7 USA says, “Because of the oppression and the lack of Christian resources, many believers are young in their faith. But there is really great enthusiasm. We know that when they become believers, they also become sincere servants of God, and they open their hearts and their homes.”


One Christian in Algeria, Samia, spoke to SAT-7. She says life isn’t easy under an increasingly strict government that has forced some churches to close down.

But Samia says believers wear persecution like a “crown on their heads.” She compared her community to the early church, with everyone sharing their possessions and being devoted to prayer.

Samia says the Algerian Church hopes to build a bridge to the rest of society. They even aspire to end regional conflicts between the Arab and Amazigh peoples. Learn more about Samia and hear from other North African Christians here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Praise God for the loving witness of the North African Church.
  • Pray many would see the love of North African Christians and be drawn to Jesus.