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Changing our Name to Match our Expanded Ministry

Our name is changing. Instead of CNA, we will now be known as SENA: Serving and Equipping North Africans.

Why is the name change? The necessity becomes clear from our ministry story.

  • Originally, North Africa needed an effective means of gospel access. So we established a satellite TV channel for North Africa. We became Channel North Africa.
  • Immediately, the number of responses from seekers and new believers exploded! So we rapidly expanded our follow-up efforts to address all those spiritual questions.
  • New believers then needed discipleship, so we began offering church-based discipleship in the apostles’ core teachings (the didache, which we call “DDK”), translated into the languages of the peoples we serve.
  • Meanwhile, keeping up with the number of people seeking Christian contact—without overlooking anyone or duplicating efforts—required teamwork. So we organized a network of North African churches to coordinate follow-up and discipleship activities across the entire region.
  • The rapidly growing churches needed leaders grounded in Scripture, prepared for persecution, and trained to reproduce. So we began providing advanced leadership degrees via Antioch School cohorts. These students never have to abandon their churches for seminary; they are educated in place, seamlessly training the next generation of believers and leaders right where they currently serve.
  • For the North Africans who live in or travel to our region of France, we are making plans to meet their desperate need for a place of worship and discipleship training in a designated space within our own headquarters.

Can you see what the Lord has done? He has grown us from a small satellite TV channel into a multi-faceted ministry to build up North African believers into equipped Christians capable of leading ministry in their own contexts.

In all the ways described above, we are Serving and Equipping North Africans. It’s time our name caught up with us.

What You Can Expect

 As we move forward, by the grace of God, here’s what you can expect to see. Our broadcasts will still bear the CNA logo. Our website and social media will transition to reflect our new name, logo, and branding. Our newsletters will now come from SENA instead of CNA. But one thing will never change: our continued passion to reach, support, and equip those whom God is calling to Himself from among the North African peoples of every tribe and tongue.

As always, we still labor to make sure:

  • the gospel is proclaimed effectively across North Africa
  • each person who contacts us is led to Christ
  • new believers get connected with solid local churches where they can grow in Him
  • leaders are raised up from within those churches and equipped to serve the Lord boldly in the hostile settings in which they live

We look forward to many more years of serving the Lord by “Serving and Equipping North Africans.” And we welcome your partnership with us on this exciting adventure.

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September 2019 CNA newsletter

ALGERIAN UNREST: FUELED BY A HISTORY OF CONFLICT

Following three weeks spent ministering on the ground in Algeria, Ali shares his take on current events there.

The city of Algiers

After gaining independence from France on June 1, 1962, Algeria struggled into nationhood under several short-lived presidents. When army chief of staff Houari Boumediene seized control for over 13 years, his Stalin-esque brand of socialism offered little freedom. All the aspirations of this young nation of 2 million people, newly freed from the French yoke, were buried under that ruthless system.

Several democratic demonstrations sparked revolts but these were soon crushed. A series of military-backed leaders oversaw the next two turbulent decades, which included a horrible civil war. After Abdelaziz Bouteflika became president in 1999, he amended the constitution to allow himself as many terms as he wanted.

A Cry for Change

It was Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth presidential term that sparked the latest round of protests. On February 16, 2019, people took over the streets of every city. Their peaceful nationwide demonstrations forced Bouteflika to resign on April 2. Next they brought about the arrest of most of Bouteflika’s family and friends for corruption. Still seeking removal of all the ruling elite, the protest, now dubbed “Al Heerak” (the Movement), continues with massive demonstrations every Friday.

These marches increase the pressure on de facto leader Ahmed Gaid Salah, the army chief of staff. Salah, watching the nation’s economy and its entire infrastructure suffer, has pushed for the election of a new president soon. But Al Heerak, wanting no more military influence in politics, is demanding a transition process toward civilian presidential elections. Recently the group has threatened insurrection if its conditions are not met.

Repercussions on the Church

Further aggravating these tensions is the current government’s intimidation of Christians in Algeria. Two years of mounting persecution have led to the closures of at least five more churches in the last few months alone. 

As Christians continue meeting outside their closed buildings, it is fully possible that hatred and retaliation may erupt. Already, each mention of Christians in the media seeks to alarm the populace and to urge authorities to take action against them.

Algerian believers take one of two views of their troubles. Some oppose the closure of churches, and would do anything to recover use of their buildings. Others hold that church closures will serve to purge the Church of its craving for buildings and resources for ministry; thus the persecution is necessary and inevitable.

How will these events play out? Will the current government be completely removed and replaced by a civil society which might allow the church to exist under a new charter of the constitution? Or will it stay on to prosecute church leaders and ban Christian activity?

Behind the Scenes

The Algerian people’s exposure to the gospel is no longer a secret. This has led thousands to seek the Lord, and thousands to discuss matters of faith. The message of Christ has spread far!

Second church and school being closed in Boudjimaa

At the same time the government is pressing an agenda of arabization and islamization for Algeria. In recent weeks this has intensified as governors ordered all shop owners to write their front signs solely in Arabic. New textbooks for Islamic education in schools will be widely used. At the same time, some speculate that the Quran may soon be used in Berber languages, even the call to prayer.

Further, the country’s obscure relationships with the Gulf nations raise fears that foreign influence could turn Algeria into an experimental bastion of islamization, as happened in Libya. Geopolitics are driving the MENA Region and Africa into a future that doesn’t yet have a name. Certainly islamization is one tool being used to destabilize nations. Will more of creation groan like Syria and Iraq?

Islam adamantly opposes Christianity. So our Christian brothers and sisters need courage and unswerving faith to face the persecution that lies ahead. This fight must begin on their knees. Meanwhile, the raging upheaval and effective grassroots protesting reveals how desperately the people long for a change!

CNA is There

No man-made political solution can ever truly satisfy these longing hearts. So we will keep showing them the way to ultimate peace: the Prince of Peace himself. Your prayers and support make this possible!

Reading the Bible
Prayers & Praise

June

  • Praise the Lord! The Algerian government has allowed 3 closed churches to reopen! 
  • Pray other churches and the Oran print shop will also reopen. 
  • Praise God for the 30 leaders we worked with in Tunisia. Pray their plans to develop leaders will bear much fruit. 
  • Pray for Moussa, his wife Christine, and their 3 little boys as Christine requires delicate surgery. 
  • Pray for financial needs:
    Moussa (in IT) and Arezki (Production) each need $1500/month more for full support
    $15,000 to replenish DDK funds. 
  • Pray for provision for new programming and for a permanent studio. 
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A milestone meeting

Thank you for praying for our second annual DDK Network North Africa conference in Tunisia, held June 2-6. 

30 leaders attended from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and France—all of them serious about developing full training programs in their own churches and movements, through pursuing Antioch School degree study programs. Equipped with the hands-on training we provided, they have great expectations for the future of the church. 

We were struck by the boldness of these leaders. Their conviction is strong, though they all know the journey is going to be perilous. 

Yet they are unanimously committed to establishing strong leaders in order to build strong churches in the region.