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Berber, Menasser of Algeria
The Menasser Berber is a coastal tribe 70 miles west of Algiers in the Cherchel region, and includes other remnant tribes. Despite a history of conquests, the Berbers have retained a remarkably homogeneous culture, which, on the evidence of Egyptian tomb paintings, derives from earlier than 2400 BC. Berbers traditionally were small farmers, living under a loose tribal organization in independent villages with local industries. Until their conquest in the 7th century by Muslim Arabs, most of the Berbers were Christian, and many heresies of the early African church, particularly Donatism, were essentially Berber protests against the rule of Rome.
Algeria is not hospitable to Christian workers, and Berbers have been committed to Islam for many centuries.
Perhaps Christian believers within other Berber tribes will be burdened to carry the Gospel to the Menasser community. Pray for this, and that they will be properly prepared for the task.
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Menasser Berber, but the Lord is at work among the Berber tribes. Pray for the ones He will soon call from the Menasser tribe, that they will be properly taught the basics of the faith. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The quality of life for the Berbers is poor. There is a need for community development projects, and for schooling for the children.
"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen." Psalm 72:18-19
|People Name:||Berber, Menasser|
|Language:||Tamazight, Central Atlas|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Christ Followers:||Few, less than 2%|