Decade after decade, billions of dollars are sunk into the dark continent of Africa, but Africans continue to suffer from the same problems of famine and hunger, illiteracy, tribal warfare, disease, and low mortality. Corrupt and oppressive governments keep the population in poverty, doing little to develop basic infrastructures like roads, irrigation systems, clean water sources, and sewage systems—or provide social services like schools and hospitals.

Muslim “missionaries” have taken advantage of this situation. Fueled by oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, they build schools, open hospitals, and drill wells—but to access these resources, one must convert to Islam. Many Africans merely add elements of Islam to their animistic practices; others fall prey to recruitment by Islamic terrorists whose training grounds are located throughout the continent. Terrorist groups include Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in Kenya.

Though Christian missionaries lack the resources of Muslim missionaries, they have something much more powerful: the gospel of Jesus Christ. In describing how the gospel has changed their communities, ministry leaders have reported reduced gang activity, improved work ethics, and freedom from oppressive tribal superstitions and practices.

How You Can Make a Difference

Indigenous missionaries in Africa boldly and courageously address Islam and demonic strongholds, and persevere in the face of frequent natural disasters, famine, drought, and extreme poverty. Your prayers and financial support greatly encourage them, remind them that they are not alone, and strengthen their work so they can reach even more souls for Christ.

Ways To Give

Evangelism & Discipleship

An indigenous ministry in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where more than 60 percent of the population practices a toxic blend of witchcraft and Islam, is reaching lost villagers for Christ through its five-fold strategy of prayer, sending missionaries to the field, showing gospel films, holding crusades, and discipleship. Through this method, they planted churches in 34 villages in 2016. “Over 70 percent of the churches planted have been through the support received from Christian Aid Mission,” the leader said. GIVE NOW to help evangelistic and discipleship ministries like this one in Africa.
A Christian Egyptian man places tile on a wall layered with cement while others watch

Community Engagement

After traveling to Egypt’s northern villages and shantytowns, an Egyptian Christian leader started a ministry to encourage people to lift themselves out of poverty. His immediate objective was to help the needy support themselves by offering loans so they could establish their own small businesses. Over half of Egypt’s women are considered illiterate, but through the ministry’s educational and evangelistic programs, many are on their way to profitable careers and a new life in Jesus Christ. Over 1,000 women have taken cosmetology and sewing classes through the ministry, which also offers occupational training programs for men, including barbering, ceramic tiling, house construction, painting, electronics, carpentry, and plumbing. Mobile computerized training units are taken into economically-depressed communities. Once students complete their training, the ministry helps them find employment. GIVE NOW to help community engagement ministries like this one in Africa.
African Christian women praising God with their eyes closed and hands raised


In the prisons of Mali, death from “natural causes” is not uncommon—most often a result of unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition, overcrowding and lack of clean water and medical care. Any soap and hygiene items come from prisoners’ family members. An indigenous ministry is sharing the love of Christ with prisoners by bringing them toiletries, disinfectants, and mosquito nets. Muslims who would never be receptive to the gospel message under normal circumstances listen to it in the prisons. The ministry is providing Bibles to both inmates and prison guards who express a desire to know more about Christ. GIVE NOW to help compassion ministries like this one in Africa.

Exclusive Stories from the Mission Field


Help Bring Aid for the Poor in Africa

A native ministry leader in Zimbabwe was thankful to native workers who made it possible for impoverished families to prepare meals for their families at Christmas. “There were elderly people too who deeply appreciated the food, especially this time of the year when many have zero,” the leader said. Workers provided food and Bible lessons to 300 children regularly throughout the year, including 95 orphans and other needy kids who attended the ministry’s school. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought to provide such compassionate aid to the poor throughout Africa. Pray that children who experience the love of Christ will still be praising him as seniors.

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Send Messengers of God’s Grace in Malawi

People in a remote area walked nearly nine miles to hear a visiting ministry leader preach at a church. “This touched my heart to see the hunger for the Word of God,” he said, adding that the venue was filled with people. “We saw some who got touched by the power of the Spirit, and others did give their hearts to Christ – 12 of them.” During a week of evangelistic events in another area, 103 people accepted the grace of God, and workers discipling them encouraged them to attend churches near their homes. Donations are sought for such gospel work. Pray the knowledge of Christ would grow in each heart and mind for lifelong service to the Lord.

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Help Bring Muslims to Christ in North Africa

Muslims who once refused to listen to any talk of the gospel are asking native workers about their faith in Christ. The villagers have begun requesting prayer as they and their families need healing, work and other help. “We can see more people coming to the Lord in the last few months, praise God,” the ministry leader said. Workers are also engaging Muslims through social media and helping them to learn more about Christ. Donations are needed for such evangelistic outreach and follow-up. Pray for the safety of workers and secret Christians.

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Help Build the Kingdom in Chad

Praying for the Holy Spirit to act on the Word sown in hearts and minds, native workers gave thanks for their co-labor with the Lord last year, when 473 people put their faith in Christ and 39 home churches sprouted. The last three months of the year were fruitful as 61 people accepted God’s grace and 16 churches were planted. “May God be praised for this result and work to ensure that all converts become true disciples of Christ,” the ministry leader said. Workers need donations for such gospel work. Pray the Lord will keep them safe and healthy amid many dangers.

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Witchdoctors Keep People Sick in Kenya

The spiritual battles fought in outlying areas of Kenya are literally matters of life and death. In many areas, witchdoctors tell sick villagers that medical treatment would be futile against the curses placed on them, the leader of a native ministry said. “During our outreaches, we meet people who are desperate and helpless because of life’s challenges – many are bound by sicknesses and demonic spirits,” the leader said. “Some people opt not to seek medical help because they believe they are bewitched due to the falsehoods they are told. This is causing many people to die.”

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