Sudan: Church attack in Hajj Abdallah

Sudan: Church attack in Hajj Abdallah

On 10 April, a group of Islamic extremists (Shabab Al Hilla) attacked Christians praying in a church in Hajj Abdallah - Gezira. The group had previously attempted through local authorities to close the church. With the church continuing to meet, the group turned to...

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Iran: Christian convert starts two-year prison sentence

Iran: Christian convert starts two-year prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer for Fariba Dalir as she serves a two-year prison sentence for “acting against national security by establishing and leading an Evangelical Christian church.” In July 2021 agents from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

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Iran: Converts given prison sentences and fines

Iran: Converts given prison sentences and fines

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Ayoub Poor-Rezazade, Morteza Mashhoodkari and Ahmad Sarparast, who have each been sentenced to five years in prison and fined for “deviant propaganda.” Ayoub, Morteza and Ahmad were arrested by agents of the...

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Palestine: Pastor released on bail

Palestine: Pastor released on bail

Palestinian Christians are grateful that pastor Johnny Shahwan has been released on bail from a Bethlehem prison. Pastor Johnny was arrested and detained on 3 March after unintentionally hosting the Jewish right-wing nationalist activist and former Knesset member...

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Algeria. Another church ordered to close

Algeria. Another church ordered to close

Christians in Algeria request prayer for another church in Bejaia city, as the authorities’ campaign to close churches and prosecute individual Christians appears to be escalating. The church of “Aouchiche” was informed on 6 April of a 21 March administrative closure...

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Libya: Court verdict evicts congregation

Libya: Court verdict evicts congregation

Christians in Libya request continued prayer for the Union Church in Tripoli. After a 15 February court hearing, the subsequent verdict ordered their eviction from their current premises. The Union Church, established by expatriate Christians in 1962, is one of five...

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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Convert found murdered

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Convert found murdered

Church leaders in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq request prayer after the murder of a convert. On 7 March, a few weeks after she had announced her conversion to Christianity on her social media account, a woman was found dead. She had been preparing to be baptized....

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Iran: Nine converts acquitted by Appeal Court

Iran: Nine converts acquitted by Appeal Court

Today (28 February) a verdict was issued by Branch 34 of Tehran's Appeal Court overturning the convictions of nine Christian converts from Rasht. The nine - Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad, Khalil Daeghanpour, Hossein Kadivar, Kamal Naamanian, Mohammad Vafadar,...

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Iran: Judge pressured to deliver hasty verdict

Iran: Judge pressured to deliver hasty verdict

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Ayoub Poor-Rezazade, Morteza Mashhoodkari and Ahmad Sarparast, who are awaiting a verdict after being charged for “deviant propaganda” under Article 500 of the Penal Code. Ayoub, Morteza and Ahmad were initially...

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Iran: Christian converts face new charges

Iran: Christian converts face new charges

Friends of Babak Hosseinzadeh and Behnam Akhlaghi request prayer after they were summoned by a prosecutor in Tehran to face charges of “propaganda against the state.” Babak and Behnam were among nine Christian converts from Rasht arrested early in 2019 and charged...

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Algeria: Another church closure threatened

Algeria: Another church closure threatened

Christians in Algeria request prayer for church leaders in Ait Atteli, a village in Tizi Ouzou, the province in which most Algerian Christians live, as officials have started proceedings to close their church. The provincial governor filed a case on 2 February against...

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Iran: Court to review convert’s 10-year prison sentence 

Iran: Court to review convert’s 10-year prison sentence 

Iranian Christians are thankful that Christian convert Naser Navard Goltapeh’s prison sentence will be reviewed by the Supreme Court. Naser, along with three Azerbaijani Christians, was arrested in June 2016 at a private celebration in Tehran. In May 2017, the four...

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