Egypt: Christian killed in al-Arish

Christians in Egypt request prayer after the killing of another Christians in the town of al-Arish, Northern Sinai governorate, on 13 of January. Bassem Shehata Haraz had only returned to al-Arish six months ago, after fleeing earlier violent attacks against... read more

Iran: Christians preparing to appeal severe sentences

Iranian Christians request prayer for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari as they prepare to appeal recent prison sentences. On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade... read more

Iran: Eight year prison sentence for Shiraz believers

Iranian Christians request renewed prayer for Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei who were each sentenced on 28 December 2017 to eight years in prison. Both Eskander and Soroush were charged with “acting against national security.” Soroush faced an... read more

Turkey: Imprisoned US pastor grateful for prayers

Andrew Brunson, Pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, was arrested on October 7, 2016 on claims of links to “armed terrorist organisations.” He remains in prison in Izmir despite US requests for his release. Andrew’s wife has released a note from Andrew thanking people... read more

Egypt: Attack on church and Christian-owned shop in Helwan

Christians in Egypt request our prayers after the Mar Mina (Saint Mina) church was attacked earlier today, 29th December, 2017. The attack took place in Helwan, just south of Cairo, as worshippers were leaving the building. Two perpetrators were intercepted by... read more

Algeria: increasing pressure on Churches

Algerian Christians request prayer following several incidents in which churches and individual Christians have faced increased restrictions, raising concerns that these pressures signal a coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches by the governing... read more

Iran: Arrested Christians in Shiraz face court hearing

Iranian Christians request renewed prayer for the upcoming hearing on 28th December 2017 for Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei. They were arrested last July, although they have been facing pressures since 2012. Eskandar was arrested on 6th July 2017 at his home in... read more

Iran: Christians arrested in Karaj

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts from the self-styled “Church of Iran” who were arrested in their homes, in Karaj on 12th December 2017. Authorities went to the homes of Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi, Shahab Shahi and Alireza Nourmohamadi,... read more

Iran: Update on appeal hearing for Rasht Christians

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts who, following an appeal court hearing last Wednesday, 13th December 2017, are waiting for the court’s decision. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, and Saheb Fadaie are... read more

Iran: Appeal hearing for sentenced Christians from Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts who face an appeal court hearing on Wednesday 13th December 2017. A hearing had been scheduled for 4th October 2017 but was rescheduled by the judge. The lawyer for Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi,... read more

Algeria: Church and Bookshop Closed by Authorities

Last month police raided the bookshop, accusing its owner of illegally printing Bibles and evangelistic brochures. They confiscated books and equipment but returned them when no proof of the allegations was found. Despite that, police issued and implemented a closure order for both the church and the bookshop. The order, which wrongly identifies the bookshop owner as the pastor of the church, repeated the earlier accusations and also alleges that he uses his private car to distribute illegal Christian material. The closure order also claims the Ain Turk church is illegal, despite its affiliation with the officially recognized EPA (L’Église Protestante d’Algérie).

Churches in Algeria face long-standing legal difficulties. Permission is required before a building can be used for non-Muslim worship, however authorities have always failed to grant such permission to churches. It has therefore become standard practice for churches to rent premises and then inform the local authorities about their activities, providing all relevant documentation, including confirming affiliation with the EPA.

Christians in Algeria request our prayers:

a. that church leaders, the bookshop owner and the leaders of the EPA will know the peace of Jesus, the wisdom of the Father and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they deal with this problem.
b. that the both the church in Ain Turk and the bookshop will be reopened, with believers able to worship in the rented building without further obstacles
c. that the regulations governing non-Muslim worship will be amended so that Christians will be able to worship freely
d. that those responsible for the order to close the church will know the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus

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