Palestine: Travel permits refused for most Gazan Christians

Christians in Gaza request prayer that permits will be granted for them to travel to the West Bank to visit friends and relatives over the Christmas holidays. All inhabitants of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, face severe travel restrictions... read more

Algeria: Update on Christians facing proselytism charges

In recent weeks MEC has requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 6 November in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. The hearing was postponed to 27 November. At that hearing, the court listened to... read more

Algeria: Court Order to Close Church

Algerian Christians ask for renewed prayer as they face an ongoing and systematic campaign of legal pressure by the authorities. On 14 November a court ordered the closure of the church in Aït Djemaa, 35 km south of Tizi Ouzou in the district of Ait Bouadou. The order... read more

Iran: Two converts from Karaj arrested

Iranian Christians request prayer for two believers who were arrested last week in Mashhad and Karaj. Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, both Christian converts from Karaj, had arranged to meet in Mashhad, but it is believed that Iranian intelligence had intercepted... read more

Algeria: Update on Christians facing proselytism charges

In October, MEC requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 6 November in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. The case has been postponed until 27 November. These Christians are accused of... read more

Sudan: Possible Apostasy Charges Against Church Leader

Sudanese Christians request prayer for a group of 12 believers arrested in Nyala, South Darfur, on 13 October. Officers of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) entered a home where they were meeting, asked whether they were Christians, and detained... read more

Israel: Excessive force used against Coptic monks

Coptic Christians in the Holy Land have requested prayer following the use of excessive force by Israeli security against monks of the Coptic Patriarchate engaging in a peaceful protest. On 24 October Israeli security forces used unprecedented force against members of... read more

Algeria. Another Church Closed by the Authorities

Christians in Algeria request prayer after the closure of yet another church, in the Kabylie province of Bejaia. The church was sealed by authorities on 16 October. Police officers acted upon a closure order issued by the head of the province. The congregation is in... read more

Turkey: arrest of expatriate church worker

Christians in Turkey request prayer for an expatriate Christian worker who was arrested, detained overnight and issued with a deportation order. David Byle, a joint U.S. and Canadian citizen, was arrested after a routine I.D. check at Ankara train station on Saturday... read more

Turkey: Andrew Brunson Released

Christians in Turkey are rejoicing at the release of Andrew Brunson from prison and the lifting of travel restrictions to allow his return to the United States. On 12 October Andrew attended the fourth hearing at a court in Aliaga, Izmir, in a trial in which he was... read more