Breaking new ground
For pioneers like one of our founding members, Lilias Trotter, this question was especially significant. In her day, there were even fewer places in North Africa with an established church than there are now. The situation required an insightful and innovative approach to both discipleship and evangelism.
Lilias travelled to Algeria with a couple of other women in 1888, beginning a new mission agency that’s now part of AWM-Pioneers today! She was a gifted artist, but pursued her call to mission, rather than the very real possibility of becoming a famous artist across Europe.
Lilias shaped her ministry to fit with the local people and their cultural context. Tracts and books were designed to look and feel like local works. Meetings were organised in cafés and could involve the reading of the Bible to the beat of a drum. New believers were encouraged to get stuck in with the ministry: giving out tracts, running meetings, and sharing their faith with their friends.
Above all, Lilias longed to model a godliness that drew people to a deep devotion to Christ, in ways that were culturally relevant and authentic.
Discipling over the airwaves