Daily Topic for December 22, 2012
Little did Caesar know that in terms of redemptive history it was the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4) Within the next few short decades the world would be turned upside down by the impact of one little baby born at the time of this royal decree. At that time many people would have considered him just another baby boy whose potential contribution to the world was diminished because He was a Jew. But this was to be a man for all peoples. The impact of His birth would be felt in the halls of Caesar’s palace and eventually among every people within the Roman World.
Praise the Lord for sending His Son to impact every nation, even the ones that seem too powerful to allow for outside influence.
Berber Algeria has had a number of conquerors through the centuries: Romans, Vandals, and Arabs. Fearing a Spanish conquest in 1517, Algeria sought help from the Turks. Protectors soon became conquerors, and the result was a Turkish takeover and a segregated society with an Ottoman elite ruling over an Arab-Berber majority until 1705 when Europeans arrived in Algeria.
The Ottoman Turkish elite of the province of Maghreb, as Algeria was called, established Hannafite Islamic law, dressed differently than the local people, and introduced Turkish colonists and customs. The Turkish language became the language of law and government. Yet the Turks also intermarried with the indigenous population. However, those offspring were not always considered Turkish.
Today there are between 600,000 and 3.3 million Turkish Algerians, making up between 5 and 25 percent of Algeria’s population. Others live abroad in Europe as part of the Algerian diaspora. These Turco-Algerians are Sunni Muslims, who live primarily in Algiers, Constantine, Medea, Oran, Tlemcen, Biskra, Zammora, and Ouet Zitoun. Despite these facts and figures, Operation World does not list them as an Algerian ethnic group.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Algerian believers will evangelize Turkish Algerians despite laws limiting evangelism. Pray that churches and prayer groups will adopt this people group. Pray for a movement to Christ among this people group.