Our Story

Arab World Ministries (AWM) carries a rich mission history, bringing together North Africa Mission, Algiers Mission Band, Southern Morocco Mission, and Dades Valley Fellowship. The name Arab World Ministries was adopted in 1987 to reflect the passion of this growing mission family for reaching Muslims of the Arab world (wherever they may be found) with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Map of the Arab world

AWM has a rich mission history

The First Streams of AWM

It all began in Algeria in 1876 when George and Jane Pearse arrived from England to share the gospel with French occupying troops. On their first night, they saw what seemed to be a pile of rags lying on the roadside. Early the next morning they discovered that the ‘rags’ were actually two men who had died of starvation during the night.

The Pearses returned to England with a heart to reach the poor people of Algeria. They shared their passion with friends who encouraged them to begin a mission – and even gave them their first donation.

The Trickle Becomes A Flow

Lilias Trotter,
founder of Algiers
Mission Band

The Mission was established in 1881 and was initially called The Mission to the Kabyles and other Berber Races before it took on the more memorable name North Africa Mission. As the vision was shared, more joined taking numbers up to 115 by the year 1900 – working in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Three other missions have since been incorporated: Algiers Mission Band (1950s), Southern Morocco Mission (1960s), and Dades Valley Fellowship (1980s).

In 1959, one mission family had the idea to begin broadcasting the gospel via radio in North Africa. Two years later, radio broadcasting was launched from a specially designed studio in the Atlas Mountains. The correspondence and radio ministries started to expand at a phenomenal rate, but the work in North Africa was under constant threat.

In 1964, for security reasons, the radio broadcasting moved from North Africa and the Radio School of the Bible (RSB) was founded in Marseille, France. Within a year, 5,300 new students requested Bible courses with 1,032 professions of faith. Today, Arab World Media communicates the good news through the internet, YouTube, social networking and mobile phone messaging – as well as radio and satellite TV. Each month around 100,000 Arabs visit Arab World Media‘s Arabic ministry website.

A New River

In January 2011, after two years of prayer and fruitful discussion, Arab World Ministries (AWM) made the strategic decision to join the Pioneers family. AWM recognised the need for more workers and greater resources to meet the increasing cry from Arab world Muslims to share with them the good news of Jesus Christ. The merger with Pioneers provides greater capacity to release many more workers from the UK and around the world into these nations as together we work to build Christ’s Church among the peoples of the Arab world.

Today, more than 380 people are involved in a wide variety of church planting activities among Arab world people. The social unrest in parts of the Arab region coupled with the impact of Christian media in the region is providing much greater opportunities for the gospel.

The Big Picture: The Pioneers Family

God has greatly blessed Pioneers since its founding more than 30 years ago. Today we have 3,122 international members serving on 315 teams in 108 countries among 207 unreached people groups. Pioneers partners with more than 2,000 churches to send these cross-cultural workers to least-reached peoples.

Pioneers has more than 16 mobilisation offices across the world including: North America, Europe, North Africa & Middle East, Sub-saharan Africa, South-east Asia & the Pacific.

In numbers:

  • 3122 international members
  • 16 mobilisation offices
  • 108 countries

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Page last updated: July 2016