Algeria: update on Christians imprisoned for blasphemy

On 8th January a court of appeal in Bouira (100km east of Algiers) in the Kabylie region upheld a conviction for blasphemy against a Christian man and sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment. Samir Chamek (34) has been a Christian since 2005 and comes from a Muslim... read more

Sudan: update on imprisoned Christians

Christians in Sudan request further prayer for three Christians on trial, and for the Bahri Evangelical Church in Khartoum North. At a hearing for the three Christians on Monday, the court heard two defence witnesses give testimony confirming that defendant Abdulmonem... read more

Iran: update on Christians in Rasht

Iranian Christians request further prayer for Christian converts in Rasht facing various charges. These converts have also reportedly been threatened by Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the Iranian armed forces effectively under the direct control of the Supreme... read more

Sudan: update on imprisoned Christians

Christians in Sudan are thankful that Rev. Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri (pictured left), the head of the mission office of the Sudan Church of Christ, was released from prison on Monday 2nd January 2017. He is one of four men detained since December 2015 in Khartoum who... read more

Turkey: update on imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson

An appeal for the release of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor imprisoned in Izmir, has been turned down. On 9th December Andrew Brunson, the pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, was brought before a court in Izmir for questioning. The court ordered that Andrew be... read more

Yemen: update on abducted Salesian priest

Christians in the Arabian Peninsula request continued prayer for Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest from India who was abducted in Yemen on 4th March 2016. Father Tom was abducted during a raid by a group of gunmen on a care home near Aden in which sixteen were... read more

Sudan: update on imprisoned Christians

Christians in Sudan appreciate your continued prayer for four men detained since December 2015 and on trial on several charges – some of which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment. The men are Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour (pictured right), Rev.... read more

Syria: day of prayer for peace, 18th December

On Sunday 18th December, Syrian Christians from a range of church traditions and denominations will be gathering together in several towns to pray for their war-torn nation. They extend an invitation to the worldwide body of Christ to join them in prayer.  ... read more

Turkey: update on detained American pastor

On 9th December Andrew Brunson, the pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church who has been detained since early October, was brought before a court in Izmir for questioning. At the hearing the judge referred to allegations that Andrew was connected to the Fetullah Gulen... read more

Iran: update on hearing for Christians in Rasht

On 1st December Middle East Concern requested prayer prior to a second court hearing for Yousef Nadarkhani, Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi on charges of action against national security. This hearing took place today (14th December), but no... read more

Sudan: update on imprisoned Christians

Christians in Sudan request prayer for four men detained since December 2015 and on trial on several charges – some of which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment. The men are: Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour (pictured right); Rev. Kuwa Shamal... read more

Iran: church property in Karaj confiscated

Iranian Christians are dismayed at the state’s appropriation of a Christian retreat centre in Karaj, near Tehran. The retreat centre, known as the Garden of Sharon, had been the property of the Council of Assemblies of God (AoG) in Iran for forty years. However, two... read more