Pray for people in Creative Access locations

What does ‘Creative Access’ mean?

We use the phrase ‘creative access’ to refer to nations, areas or ministries where there is great hostility towards Christianity. In these areas traditional ‘mission work’ or even declaring yourself as a ‘missionary’ is not possible. Workers, therefore, need to be ‘creative’ on numerous levels. They will often need a viable business reason to be in a country or area, then they will need to be creative in how they go about sharing the gospel. They will also need to be careful in how they share updates about their work. 

What kind of places are they?

More than 200 million Africans live in creative access nations (CANs), the majority of which are Muslim. Creative access areas are also often Islamic strongholds within countries. Consequently, workers there struggle against some of the strongest opposition to Christianity. One of our workers in a CAN recently shared what they’d been told; ‘Teacher, before I met you I hated all Christians and wanted to kill them. I don’t think that way any more.’

What is being done to reach the people living there?

To protect the safety of missionaries and national believers we don’t share which CANs we are working in. To safeguard our personnel further, we sometimes don’t share photographs or identities of those working in particularly sensitive areas. At the moment though, a large number of workers from AIM Europe are serving in creative access situations, some of whom as part of International teams.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

One missionary couple who serve in healthcare in a Creative Access location are waiting to receive a vaccine in the UK before returning to their ministry location. Pray that they, and other missionaries waiting to return to Africa, will receive their vaccines in a timely way so that they can return to their ministry in Africa soon. Pray that they will see God’s good purposes for them while they wait to travel.

Some of our workers serving in a Creative Access context are applying for official documents (visas and/or updates to their residency status) in their locations. Please pray for guidance through each step in the process and that their applications will be approved.

North Africa is an area which we describe as ‘Creative Access’, where there is great hostility towards Christianity. Recently, shared this prayer request: “Pray for freedom from evil spirits. One young believer said they feel evil heaviness when they enter their home (because of the witchcraft done by a family member) and it feels different to pray. Pray that believers would learn and practice Ephesians 6 and put on the armour of God.”

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