Algeria: two churches re-open, though pressures continue

Algeria: two churches re-open, though pressures continue

As Algerian Christians continue to request prayer in the face of pressure by the government, they are grateful that two recently-closed churches in Oran Province have been permitted to re-open. Churches in Ain Turk and Oran were closed in November 2017 and February...
Palestine: minor incident with priest

Palestine: minor incident with priest

Christians in Jerusalem and Bethlehem are thankful for the reconciliatory response to a recent incident involving a Franciscan priest in Bethlehem, but are concerned that a minor incident has become exaggerated and politicized. On Friday 1 June, Father Fadi Shallufi...
Iran: Arrest and detention of “Church of Iran” member

Iran: Arrest and detention of “Church of Iran” member

Prayer has been requested for Mohammadali Yassaghi, a member of the ‘Church of Iran’, who is being held in Babol Prison in Mazandaran Province, North Iran. The self-styled ‘Church of Iran’ is an Iranian faith movement with a non-conventional...
Algeria: Increasing government pressure on churches and Christians

Algeria: Increasing government pressure on churches and Christians

Algerian Christians ask for continued prayer in the face of increasing pressure by the government on the Church and Christians. Since November 2017, a committee of officials has been conducting church inspections. Although the declared purpose of inspections is to...
Iran: Update on appeal hearing for Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh

Iran: Update on appeal hearing for Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh

This morning (9 May) there was an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz. On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against...