Syria: Christians request prayer for northeast Syria

Syrian Christians request prayer in light of Turkey’s current military campaign in the northeast of their country. Northeast Syria is home to a range of diverse ethnic and religious communities. The principal Kurdish region of Syria, it also hosts sizeable... read more

Iran: Iranian convert to start prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer for convert Mahrokh (Roksare) Kanbari who has been summoned to serve her one-year prison sentence. Mahrokh was convicted of “propaganda against the system” after a hearing at Karaj Revolutionary Court on 27 July. She was initially... read more

Algeria: Another church closed by government

Algerian Christians request ongoing prayer as the government campaign against churches continues. On 25 September, officials informed leaders of the church of Tigzirt, a coastal town northeast Algeria in Tizi-Ouzou Province, that their building would soon be closed.... read more

Iran: Educational challenge for children of converts

Friends of Yousef Nadarkhani – a pastor previously sentenced to death for apostasy and presently in Evin prison due to his Christian faith – and his wife Tina Pasandideh request prayer for their sons’ educational situation. Daniel (17) and Yoel (15) are... read more

Algeria: Another church building forcibly closed

Algerian Christians request prayer as the campaign to close churches continues. On 24 September, the police director of Boghni announced that a church building had been sealed, based on a closure order issued by the Governor of Tizi Ouzou on 18 September. Boghni is... read more

Iran: Three converts receive six-month prison sentences

Asghar Salehi and Mohammadreza Rezaei, Persian Christian converts from Fars Province, request prayer after they and another Christian convert each received six-month prison sentences on account of their faith and Christian activity. Asghar (43) came out of serious... read more

Algeria: Campaign against churches intensifies

Algerian Christians request prayer as the church continues to face pressure from the authorities. On 8 September, a popular Algerian daily newspaper reported that an order had been sent to regional Governors and security heads, directing them to intensify... read more

Iran: Appeal hearing postponed

On 26 August, MEC requested prayer for an appeal court hearing scheduled for 3 September in which three separate cases would be considered. The judge failed to attend the hearing and so the hearing has been postponed, with no new date yet scheduled. The first of the... read more

Iran: Christian convert starts one-year prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer for convert Fatemeh Bakhteri (also known as Ailar), who has started serving a one-year prison sentence in Evin Prison on account of her Christian activities and refusal to recant her faith. After an appeal court in May upheld her... read more

Algeria: Campaign to close churches continues

Algerian Christians request prayer as the campaign by authorities to close churches intensifies. Early in the morning of 2 September, gendarmes came to the Church of the Prince of Peace in Ighzer Amokrane and sealed the building. A closure order for this church had... read more

Algeria: Campaign against churches continues

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the government campaign against churches continues. On 21 August, MEC reported that closure orders had been issued against two churches in the governorate of Bejaia, in the towns of Akbou and Ighzer Amokrane. Church... read more

Iran: Upcoming Appeal Hearing

On 26 August MEC issued an email requesting prayer for an appeal court hearing scheduled for 3 September in which three separate cases would be considered. Iranian Christians report that it now seems likely that only two of the defendants will have their sentences... read more