Algeria: Court Orders Another Church to Close

Christians request prayer for a church in Ain Turk, near Oran, ordered to close by the administrative court of Oran on 20 January 2020. The church of “The House of Hope” was sealed by an executive order from the Governor of Oran in October 2017. On 10 June 2018 the... read more

Iran: Concerns about arrested Christian convert

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert and activist Fatemeh (Mary) Mohammadi, who remains unaccounted for since her arrest in Tehran on 12 January. Fatemeh, or Mary as she likes to be known, was near Azadi Square in Tehran while protests were underway... read more

Iran: Christian convert receives three year prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer after Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad received a three-year prison sentence for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.” Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January 2019 and charged initially with “propaganda against the... read more

Iran: Annual Report on Rights Violations Released

Middle East Concern, in collaboration with Open Doors International, Article 18 and CSW has released the 2019 report on violations of the rights of Christians in Iran. During 2019, Iranian Christians, along with other religious minorities, continued to suffer multiple... read more

Algeria: Another church closed by government

Algerian Christians request prayer for a church in the city of Oran after a court ordered its closure on 12 January 2020. Twelve churches affiliated with the EPA (Église Protestante d’Algérie), the umbrella organisation for Protestant churches, have been ordered... read more

Iran: Assyrian Christian to start prison sentence

Friends and family of Ramiel Bet Tamraz request prayer as he has been summoned to Evin Prison Tuesday (7 January) to serve a prison sentence. On 26 August 2016 Ramiel, a Christian from an ethnic Assyrian background, was arrested with four Christian convert friends... read more

Iran: three converts start their sentences in Eghlid prison

Iranian Christians request prayer for Asghar Salehi, Mohammadreza Rezaei and one other Christian convert from Fars Province, who are each serving six-month prison sentences on account of their faith and Christian activity. On 18 September 2018 Iranian intelligence... read more

Iran: Updates to recent prayer requests

On 11 and 12 November, Middle East Concern requested prayer for Ebrahim Firouzi, who is serving two years’ internal exile, and for two court hearings, one for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad and the other for Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh,... read more

Syria: Call for prayer following murders of Christians

The Middle East Council of Churches is leading calls for renewed prayer for Syria, following the murder of a church leader and his father in a spate of violence in the northeast of the country on 11 November. Father Hovsep Bedoyan, priest of the Mar Yousef Armenian... read more