MERF's ministry in Africa centers around the East African nations of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and Sudan. In South Sudan, MERF partners with the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS) to provide radio broadcasts that proclaim the truth of the Bible to South Sudanese in their own language. We also operate a center in Lokichoggio, Kenya that trains pastors and evangelists to preach the Word and shepherd God's people in Africa. In Ethiopia, MERF works with Ethiopia Reformed Fellowship in publishing Reformed books and periodicals in Amharic, Oromo, and Somali, training pastors, and broadcasting Christian radio programming. For more information on these ministries, click the links below.
Somali, like many Ethiopian languages, descends from the ancient Cushite tongue. The semi-arid climate of the horn of Africa brought about the traditional Somali nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle of raising livestock. For centuries coastal Somalis have been fishermen and traders, crossing the Red Sea to western Arabia, birthplace of Islam, and beyond. Somali tribes gradually converted to Islam by the end of the 7th century A.D. This brought about relative unity among them. Response:"Dear brother I am very happy to have your message this month and it shows to me what your heart is like...we have to hear your radio broadcasts from the internet when we have private access and have contacts with one another. Sometimes we would like to have more fellowship with others." - from Mogadishu
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Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara
North Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, linked by the Sahara to Sub-Saharan Africa. North Africa traditionally includes eight countries or territories; Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara.The distinction between Northern Africa and the rest of Africa is historically and ecologically significant because of the effective barrier created by the Sahara. Throughout history this barrier has culturally separated the North from the rest of Africa and, as the seafaring civilizations of the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and others facilitated communication and migration across the Mediterranean, the cultures of North Africa became much more closely tied to Southwestern Asia and Europe than Sub-Saharan Africa. The Islamic influence in the area is significant, and North Africa, along with the Middle East, is a major part of the Arab World.
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