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AlgeriaLast week, Christian leaders in Algeria requested prayer following several recent incidents that threaten the religious rights of Algerian Christians (click here for more details). One of these incidents was the case of three believers accused of insulting Islam. A written sentence for this case was expected on February 12. According to a February 14 report from Middle East Concern, however, the sentence was not issued. Local believers have not heard when the verdict is expected.

In another incident causing concern for Christian ministry in the country, on January 30 the tribunal of Oran city sentenced a priest to one year in prison for leading a prayer service in a private home in late December. Father Wallez was accused by Algerian authorities of conducting religious ceremonies among Cameroonian migrants in a place not designated for such purposes. He was the first victim convicted of violating a legislation approved in March 2006 regarding the exercise of the practices of non-Muslim worship in Algeria. The tribunal issued the sentence and subsequently commuted it to parole.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Algeria, visit the Algeria Country Report.

Current Ministry Project

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada is equipping persecuted Christians in Algeria with biblical and theological training through the support of a seminary that provides contextually biblical and relevant training.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
43,576,691 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Aran-Berber (99), European (<1)

Religions (%)
Muslim (99), Other, Christian and Jewish (<1)

Leader
Abdelmadjid Tebboune (Dec. 2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
mix of French civil law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Algeria

Pray that God will use the current restrictions to draw many more Algerians into a relationship with Christ. Pray for conversions to Jesus among the country’s powerful Islamist leaders.

Pray Algerian believers will respond to pressure with faith and perseverance.

Pray for the nation's young people, who make up a large percentage of the population in general, as well as the majority of Christians. May they not be frustrated or disillusioned but rather strengthened and encouraged in Christ Jesus.

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