Area: 2,381,741 sq km
Agriculture is possible on the Mediterranean coast, in the Atlas Mountains and at oases; 80% is desert.
Population: 35,422,589 Annual Growth: 1.52%
Official language: Arabic and Berber. French and English are widely used, and 25% speak one of the Berber languages Languages: 22 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Unity among Berber, Arab and foreign Christians stands in glorious contrast to the legacy of animosity among these ethnic groups so prevalent for centuries outside of faith in Christ.
The Berber peoples comprise 23% of the population, although the dominant Arabs may be largely an ancient admixture of Arab and Berber. Domination by Arab language and culture spawns Berber nationalism, a significant force as they seek to reaffirm their identity and return to their cultural roots. Their forebears were once Christian, and now many thousands have turned to Christ among the Kabyle, some through supernatural revelations of the Lord Jesus, but mainly through personal evangelism.
a) Praise God for the continued growth of this people movement to Christ. Pray that it may continue to spread and to deepen. Reprisals are beginning to occur against the young and growing Church.
b) Pray for reconciliation efforts by the president and government. Legislation for a greater recognition of Berber language and culture will go a long way in bridging the divide between these two intransigent groups. Some Berbers identify themselves with Christianity and the West more out of spite toward Arabic Islam than out of love for Jesus.
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