With a population of almost 250 million people, the people of the Sahara region in Northern Africa have been sadly neglected with the gospel. Although there have been pioneers that have trode the desert sands, there still remains so many that have never heard of Jesus Christ.
Do people of the desert need the gospel? In the book of Acts chapter 8, the Lord sent Phillip from a place of great revival in Samaria to the barren desert. What’s interesting is that Phillip did not know what awaited him in the desert. But in love to his Lord he immediately obeyed God’s command and left the booming work of God in the city, to go to the lonely desert.
What did he find there? The Lord led him to a man of Ethiopia, who was searching for the truth! When Phillip found this man, he noticed he was reading the Scripture. “Understandest thou what thou readest?” Phillip asked the man. “How can I, except some man should guide me?” came the reply.
In this passage of Scripture, God gives us a profound truth. God desires to send someone to guide somebody to Jesus!
You might say, “There’s no need to go to the desert with the gospel! Those people have their own religion!”
The Bible says in Isaiah 59:9, “…we wait for light but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.”
Whether or not we realize it, there are people all around this earth, including the desert, that are waiting for the light but living in darkness.
The Sahara Initiative is a plan to take the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ into the dark regions of North Africa. This will be built upon three main parts: Personal Soul Winning, Personal Discipleship, and Church Planting.
With the Lord's help, my prayer is that the Lord will allow us to see many churches started and many souls won to Christ and trained to reach Northern Africa for Christ.
You might say, this is great and all, but what can I do to help?
I believe there are three things that God can use you to involved specifically in the Sahara Initiative.
Give - Acts 20:35, “…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Recently, the Lord has shown me the wondrous blessing of giving. By giving to God’s work, we not only help propel the work of God forward, but we cultivate a spirit of selflessness that Christ intended for each of us to have. Ministry work is expensive. Would you prayerfully consider supporting the Sahara Initiative through your local church?
Pray - 1 Thessalonians 5:25, “Brethren, pray for us.” More than anything, North Africa needs prayer. God’s work is not limited to us, but we do limit God when we fail to pray. Would you be willing to become a prayer warrior for North Africa? In World War II, North Africa played a primary part in the war against Nazi Germany. Why is it that we have failed to engage in the spiritual war in Northern Africa? Please…. pray!
Go - Acts 16:10, “And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.” God is still calling people to specific corners of His harvest, but He has commanded all us to go! Would you prayerfully consider going and joining the work of God in North Africa?