Since its launch in 2000, CNA has been broadcasting audiovisual content by satellite and (more recently) the Internet into North Africa, aiming to establish strong local churches which will multiply. On the one hand, the goal is to proclaim the gospel so that people can believe the message of Christ, and secondly to provide solid and progressive Biblical teaching in order to strengthen the new believers in their faith and equip servant-leaders in the churches.
The existing leaders are actually very eager to receive training for themselves which they can transmit to their fellow believers.
For CNA, the training concept developed by BILD International fits the bill. It is a thoroughly biblical and carefully tailored method which can work as well in North Africa as in the many other countries in the world where it is already being used.
CNA’s partnership with BILD International entitles CNA to use all BILD’s training system: to translate it, adapt it to the North African populations, edit it under CNA’s own name, and transmit it to the churches in North Africa. This training already exists in France under the name of ITEA. The translation into French can be used for North Africa, although this usefulness is limited due to Arabization of the younger generation. An Arabic translation of the material as quickly as possible is therefore a priority.
CNA has given the name Ddk to this training in Arabic, the name comes from the Greek didaché which means teaching or doctrine. The Ddk team has six members but is still looking for other helpers. The amount of work to do is immense!
One must be certified by BILD in order to pass this training on to church leaders. Translations must be tested and printed and the team must ensure that the training is well established. The vision is great and the work will need to be undertaken for a period of at least 10 years. Ddk serves churches to help them use this training themselves. Thus the churches are equipped to fortify themselves and develop their own ministries.
Successive colonizations have strongly marked the history of North Africa (Romans, Ottoman Empire, France). Its population is therefore wary of foreign domination and is eager for authentic culture and local flavors.
For many years, North African have received Christian broadcasts primarily in Arabic.
Many (perhaps even -most-) of today’s believers have had contact with the gospel through television and radio broadcasts. Surely that was the only way the gospel could reach hearts!
Arabic-language broadcasts continue to flood satellite airwaves with more than 10 Christian television stations. So what unique need does CNA meet ?
The specific objective of the CNA project is to bring heart-language gospel access to non-Arabic speaking peoples such as the Kabyle people of northern Algeria, the Berbers of the Rif or the Moroccan Atlas and the Tuaregs of southern Algeria.
In December 2011 CNA began broadcasting 24/7 on Atlantic Bird 7. Since 2021, it has been broadcasting on Hotbird. It was the first full-time
Christian satellite channel with more than half of its content in the Kabyle language, complimented by Arabic (mainly dialectal) and French. By 2012 the channel received about 1000 responses each month. Many said how happy they were to see the channel; others called to ask more about Jesus.
Of course some have contacted us to express their anger and dissatisfaction, but many others have called seeking answers all the questions our programs raised in their hearts.