By Don*, AWM-Pioneers’ Missiologist-at-Large
Forty years ago, in 1980, I joined North Africa Mission, now part of AWM-Pioneers, just before we celebrated 100 years of mission to North Africa. It’s amazing to think that we’re now celebrating our 140th year!
Part of a mobilisation wave
When I was fifteen years old, God called me to minister to Muslims, despite the fact that I’d never met one! In fact, I first met a Muslim when I was twenty, serving on a team reaching out to Arabs in London in 1977.
So much has changed in the Arab world since I first arrived in North Africa in 1979! Back then, OM, YWAM, and others were sending young Middle Eastern Christians for summer ministry among Arab Muslims in Europe, in the hope that they caught a vision for reaching Muslims around them at home. As a result, God raised up countless dynamic and anointed Middle Eastern missionaries and leaders to minister in their own countries and beyond. I know a mission agency that was founded in the Middle East that is now planting dozens of churches among Muslims throughout the Arab world!