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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. 

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Recording launches in provisional studio

In June we launched our temporary studio, recording twenty 30-minute episodes of a teaching series called “Ilik D Nigui” (Be a Witness) by Algerian pastor Salem. Many men labored long building and wiring the facility, including: Martin, our ingest, programing, and broadcast coordinator; and Jean Michel, a media/film producer who worked alongside Roland, Theo, Arezki, and Moussa. 

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Trip to Egypt full of surprises

Ali and I travelled to Cairo, Egypt, for a short 3-day visit in May. Staying in a hotel near the famous Tahrir Square—the focal point for demonstrations that led to the Egyptian revolution in 2011 and the resignation of President Mubarak—reminded us of the huge changes taking place in the Arab-Muslim countries.

Scott Smith, Director of Discipleship 

We went primarily to visit a well-known, experienced leader who recently expressed to Ali his interest in DDK. We also wanted to see Berti, our lead translator and friend, to encourage him and talk about some translation issues. 

Just a few days before our trip, Berti, who is also a member of our competency cohort and is growing in his understanding of the DDK paradigm and training approach, arranged for us to meet with leaders from three other movements. 

Now, we have never viewed Egypt as an audience for DDK. As Ali observed, there are already 20 million Christians in the country, though their churches cannot legally witness to Muslims, and most church activities serve nominal Christians.

 But Berti insisted we meet these leaders, saying that they need DDK and are really interested in knowing more. We agreed to visit them, but expected little. 

We first spent several hours with a man who founded a ministry comprising a whole movement of churches, with television and social ministries. The next day we met his son, a dynamic young leader.

Resonating with DDK as we explained it, the son wants to move ahead with it and fully train a set of key leaders to carry it into the whole movement. 

The next day we met with two other ministries whose young leaders are eager to break out of traditions and return to New Testament ways. 

Again, we were surprised by their interest and their desire to engage with DDK. 

Finally, we met with the leader we had originally planned to see. We spent a whole morning with him and one of his key young leaders. Now he’s busy studying materials we left with him to help him understand DDK. 

Where will this all lead? Time will tell. We were impressed by this new generation of Egyptian church/ministry leaders. The Lord must be preparing to do some major things in the next decades in Egypt and beyond. 

If Egyptian leaders like these—with ministries already active across North Africa—begin implementing DDK, this will lend additional support to our growing network of DDK users in the region. And vice versa! 

Please pray for insight into how our networks in other countries of North Africa can help the Egyptian church.