Introduction / History Culturally, Algerians are Berber as well as Arab. The Berbers are the ancient tribes that lived in North Africa as far back as the days of the Roman Empire. There has been much contact between the Italians and the Algerians for over 2,000 years.
In recent times, most of the Algerians who came to Italy did so in the 1980s, so they are probably not as open to gospel outreach as Arabs who have come more recently.
For a couple of decades, Italy held Libya as a colony. Libya is right next to Algeria, which was controlled by the French at that time. For that reason, Libyans are much more likely to be in Italy and Algerians are much more likely to be in France.
Where are they located? Most Algerians in Italy are in Rome, Naples, and Milan. Others have come for economic opportunities.
What are their lives like? Some of the Algerians in Italy are students.
What are their beliefs? For the most part, Algerians in Italy are Sunni Muslim. However, there are probably some pre-Islamic beliefs mixed in dating back to the days when Algeria was primarily Berber.
What are their needs? There are several Christian resources available to the Arabized Berbers. Several mission agencies have focused on the Arabized Berbers living in European nations like Italy. New strategies must be developed and implemented so that the Algerians in Italy can be effectively reached for Christ.
Prayer Points * Ask God to give the mission agencies His strategies for reaching Algerians in Italy with the gospel.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of these Muslims towards believers so that they will be willing to hear what Jesus has for them.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong Disciple-Making movement among the Algerians in Europe.