• Month of Prayer

    May 2017
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31 Days of Prayer for the least reached in Africa

Africa was once referred to as the “dark” continent. Through prayer God is in the process of turning this around. It is becoming a continent of LIGHT! More people are coming to Christ in Africa than any other continent with the result that more workers are being sent out than ever before! However, Africa and her people still have many challenges they needs to face - animism, violence, and corruption just to name a few. According to the Joshua project there still remain 990 people groups in Africa that have not heard the gospel.

We invite you to join us, and many Christians throughout Zimbabwe and indeed the rest of the world, as we join God in what He is doing in the nations! Every day in the month of May, we will be praying, focusing on a different people groups from Africa as we cry out to the Lord to save nations of Africa. But prayer is not our end goal, we know that when we enter into conversation with God and cry out for a nation, God can also use to go and bring the good news. Will you answer the call if God chooses you.

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The Berber people of the Sahara desert

The name “Berber” is derived from the Latin word barbari, meaning “barbarians.” This term was used by the Romans to describe the “people of the Maghrib” – the region of North Africa comprising of present day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Western portion of Libya. Nonetheless, the Berbers call themselves the “Imazighen,” which means “man of noble origin.”

Although the Maghrib has been, for the most part, “Arabized” by language and Islamic culture over the centuries, there are still groups of Berbers who have retained much of their original Berber traditions and characteristics.


Since the Sahara Desert is a harsh environment, most of the Saharan tribes occupy a number of oases. The natural Berber economy rests on a fine balance between farming and breeding cattle. Every tribe, without exception, depends heavily on domestic animals for carrying heavy loads, milk and dairy products, meat, and hides or wool.

Berbers are often noted for their skills in various crafts. Domestic tasks, such as weaving and pottery, are the main work of women; whereas men specialize in woodworking, metalworking, and, more surprisingly, fine needlework. In regard to labour, the men do most of the farming, while the women’s responsibilities include milking and gathering.


The majority of Berbers are Muslims. However, other Berber groups are only nominally Muslim.


The Saharan Berbers have very few Christian resources available to them. Because it is difficult to reach them geographically, they must be targeted by individual church planting efforts. The quality of life for the Berbers is quite poor. The need for community development projects may provide open doors through which missionaries may enter.

Algeria remains closed to traditional missionary efforts, and fundamental Muslim groups are very outspoken against Christianity. Much prayer is needed to break down the barriers that separate the Saharan Berbers from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


  • Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Berber Christians who are scattered throughout North Africa.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Berbers.