Conversation hosted by Chris, Church Development Co-ordinator
Steve and Rachel* have been serving in a North African country for the past eight years. Chris recently caught up with Rachel to get an inside view on life and ministry in the Muslim-majority nation that they work in.
What’s life like in the country you serve in?
The first thing that hits you is the poverty; it is one of the poorest nations in the world. And along with the poverty comes infant mortality. But you quickly discover just how resourceful people are – those who live near the desert know where to find water in places you would never imagine! They are some of the hardiest people on earth and their mindset is that if they stick together they know that they will overcome difficulties.
A large part of the country is majority Muslim, but in other areas there is a strong Christian presence, as well as some animism. You can be quite bold in sharing the gospel providing you are not blunt or insensitive, as that will only ostracise people.
Life has at times been quite challenging there over the past year, partly due to the pandemic, but more significantly due to civil unrest that has caused widespread tension.