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Algerian believers praising God
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A pastor in Frenda, Tiaret Province, was given a fine and suspended prison sentence on March 8th under a law that prohibits causing Muslims to doubt their religion. Pastor Nordine B. has been ordered to pay 100,000 dinar ($1,132 CAN) and given a three-month suspended sentence. According to the Algerian news outlet, Algerie Part, the only evidence against him was that he was carrying Christian books. Pastor Nordine intends to appeal the conviction.

This case follows several instances of harassment against churches and Christians in the past few months. Three churches were closed in the northwestern province of Oran under the pretext that they did not have state approval. Other incidents have led to the arrest of Christians and the closure of a bookstore. For more information, go to this page.

Remember the Christians in Algeria as they face this increasing pressure from the government. Pray that they will be able to stand firm. Lift up the needs of Pastor Nordine and ask that his appeal will be successful.

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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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