SAT-7 program Free Souls captures the stories of new Christians in Algeria. Now in its sixth series, the producers have filmed the testimonies of over 120 believers who share how they have encountered the Lord, through dreams, visions, other believers and Christian media such as SAT-7. Each episode is filmed in a unique location around Algeria, giving an accurate depiction of each believer’s context. The testimonies shared on Free Souls give viewers hope that they, too, can experience the freedom that comes from the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit.
One testimony in particular stands out.
“I was a racist. I disliked Arabs, detested and hated them.” Abdel-Nour, a pastor in the Kabyle region of Algeria, admitted about the hatred that once consumed him.
Until 2016, his own language, the Kabyle version of Tamazight, was not even an official language in his country. As a young Berber, or Amazigh, he resented this and the national policies that made his people second-class citizens. Growing up in a society where Amazigh people were neglected and sometimes experienced violence from Arab rulers, Abdel-Nour spent his childhood and teenage years carrying hatred. But God had other plans for Abdel-Nour: to be a messenger of reconciliation and love even to his Arab enemies. His previous image of God was that He was severe and cruel. But when he met some people from a local church, things began to change.
“They did not stop talking about Jesus Christ,” he recalls. “I was a curious person, so I went with them to the church. I noticed that their faces were shining with love, a love I hadn’t even experienced in my family.”
Abdel-Nour was baptized, and over time, the Holy Spirit softened his heart even to the people and culture he had despised. “I began to love hymns in Arabic, a language that I hated before. God urged me to love what I used to hate.” Today Abdel-Nour is truly an Amazigh – a “free person” in Christ.
SAT-7 is a voice of hope for minorities, and it is important to help Amazigh believers to discover and grow in their new identity in Christ. At a time when many church doors in Algeria are closed, the need for dedicated Algerian broadcasts is clear.
Would you please pause and pray for the following right now?
- Thank God for this opportunity through SAT-7
- Ask that He will encourage new Christians in their faith