After an earthquake devastated thousands of homes in northern Africa, a small miracle took place in a mountain village.
As one of Miracle Channel’s freelance producers was travelling in northern Africa and documenting stories of new believers, he met a man selling pomegranates at a fruit market. After talking to him, the fruit seller suggested that the producer should visit a certain mountain village inhabited by 50 families. When the documentary producer made his way up the mountain to the village, he heard the most amazing story. After an earthquake that shook this region in 2004, where at least 629 people were killed, 926 injured, 2,539 homes destroyed and more than 15,000 people were made homeless, a foreign aid worker arrived at this village to help them rebuild. He stayed in the village for a month offering them his support and skills. The families in the village were deeply touched by his care for them, and they kept wondering why a foreigner, who had no relatives or previous friends in the village, and did not even share the same religion as them, would come to help them in their time of need. While staying in the village, the foreign aid worker never shared or talked about his faith, but when he left, he left a Bible behind in his room. Because these families were so puzzled by why this man had showed them such kindness and love, the man who found the Bible decided to read it. The Bible was passed from family to family in the village and great discussions were started about the stories they read. This is how 17 families in the village became followers of Christ, including the four mullahs who were in charge of the four mosques in the village. Because these mullahs also became followers of Christ, there was no persecution of the new believers. When the documentary producer left the village and asked other believers in the district about this village, nobody appeared to have heard anything about what had happened there. -This has lead me to see and believe that there are enclaves of believers in North Africa that nobody has heard about yet, says the documentary producer to Miracle Channel. He is convinced that the number of Jesus-followers is growing across the North African region as he has seen a radical development of the number of believers among indigenous North Africans during the last two decades in this region. -In one North African country there were only 10 known national believers in 1991. Today the church leaders in this country know of at least 500 believers, and this is a conservative number. And there are churches who now meet openly where all are welcome. This is a drastic change from only a few years back, he says. He believes that much of this change can be credited to a great outpouring of God’s spirit in this region through dreams and visions and the impact of satellite television and social media. Miracle Channel broadcasts the gospel in Arabic to a potential of 400 mill. viewers 24 hours a day. Every single month we hear and interact with thousands of viewers through call centers and social media. For many of these viewers it is the first time they have ever heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Please support this non-profit ministry with a gift today. *illustration photo only