November-December 2019 newsletter

What Eyes Have Not Seen, Nor Ears Heard

Does word of Algerian church closures cause you to wonder what God is up to? Then you may find news from our team member Mouloud encouraging. He says, “In the midst of the closure of churches, people are turning to the Lord in prayer. Christians are more dedicated to interceding, and the Christian community has fueled seekers with more desire for Jesus in their lives and their families. If so many are on their knees, it must be because the Holy Spirit is going to do something that eyes have never seen and ears have never heard.”
At the same time, our evangelistic efforts through our social media channels are taking off. In early November alone, we reached 41,380 people, and received 141 inquiries.
Imagine the multiplied impact of resuming satellite broadcasts soon!
Now to feed the growing hunger for the gospel, we have produced the first episodes of a new show, Food for the Body and the Soul. It blends the joy of cooking with rich spiritual nourishment to engage North Africans on a whole new level. Please pray for partners to share our excitement about this new means of feeding souls!

Filming photo
Ali and Chef Francois film the pilot episode of Food for the Body and Soul.

DDK Developments

We have finished the French and Arabic translations of an exciting teaching tool called The Story. This Bible study focuses attention on the unfolding plan of God as taught by Jesus in Luke 24 to Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus and to the Apostles. We too need to understand this story well in order to accurately understand the Scriptures. To understand it we need to examine how the Apostles used the Old Testament to preach the Gospel and to teach the churches.
In other news, our trained and experienced translator, Driss, has returned to join our Competency Cohort. Now he and Berti, who are both on the ground in North Africa, can advance our Arabic translation efforts even further.
In this time when church buildings in Algeria are being closed, DDK First Principles Bible studies will greatly help the churches to provide teaching according to “the way of Christ and his Apostles”. What a powerful means to learn to do church without buildings! Meeting in smaller groups and practicing Acts 2:42 – devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to true fellowship, to the Lord’s supper, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer – they will be strengthened to maturity. Such churches will multiply just as they did in the First Century.

Testimony from a young believer: “I could not believe my fellow North Africans had such a love language. But that is the tool by which Jesus conquered our hearts and lives.”

Prayer Points:

  • Praise the Lord that our satellite broadcasting will resume once promised funding arrives!
  • Pray that the 41,380 individuals reached by our social media and the 141 inbound messages will result in face-to-face meetings and conversions to Christ.
  • Praise the Lord for Karim Mestar, long-time ministry partner, who will serve temporarily as our COO/CFO.
  • Pray for Algerian elections set for December 12 amid ongoing protests.