Ministry in Algeria
The Bible Society staff work to reach and resource the Church in Algeria with the Bible. The Church in Algeria faces significant pressure from the authorities. Christians in Algeria face persecution as churches are closed and limits placed on the freedom of Christians. Ali, the General Secretary of the Bible Society in Algeria, is not surprised by the persecution saying that this is ‘nothing new’. It is difficult to say how many Christians there are in Algeria as many believers choose to keep their decision to follow Christ a secret. Despite the challenges, the church continues to grow.
It is into this challenging context that the Bible Society in Algeria work to translate the full Bible into Algerian languages, they also work to publish and distribute Scripture portions and Bibles. The Berber language, for example, was an oral language which had not been written down before the Bible Society started the translation of the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel of Luke was the first book published in Berber, since then the New Testament and Psalms have been printed with work ongoing for the rest of the Old Testament.
Levels of literacy in Algeria, especially among women, are often very low. The Bible Society have produced audio versions of the New Testament which are being distributed through local church networks.
The Bible Society plans to work with families this summer and is waiting to see if restrictions from Coronavirus will be lifted. The hope is to encourage and nurture Christian faith and values in young people.
The situation in Algeria and the Bible Society there need our support and prayers