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Methodist missionaries from the United States began working
in North Africa in 1908. In Algeria, part of the North Africa Annual
Conference, the Methodist Church owned buildings, children’s homes, and
clinics. In 1962, Algeria gained independence from France, and for the
next 10 years, Christian churches struggled for survival, culminating in
the deportation of half the Methodist missionaries in the country, the
government’s confiscation of church property, and the closing of
church-run children’s homes and boarding schools.
The surviving Methodist church united with most other
Protestant denominations to create the Protestant Church of Algeria.
Mission and ministries were focused on helping provide food, clothing,
and medicine; providing assistance for immigrants from sub-Saharan
Africa; and organizing ecumenical worship services and Bible studies.
Despite government-mandated restrictions and limitations, there continue
to be ecumenically-sponsored worship services, Bible studies, weddings,
Today, the Christian Church is a tiny minority in Algeria,
where Islam is now the state religion. Structurally, the Methodist
congregations in Algeria and the Methodist ministries in Tunisia are
part of the Switzerland-France Annual Conference.