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Idir Hamdad
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In April 2016, Idir Hamdad was returning to Algeria from a study trip to Amman, Jordan. When his luggage was inspected at the airport upon return, customs officials found his Bible and some other Christian books, along with some cross-shaped keychains he had been given. He was interrogated for eight hours, during which time the officers insulted his faith and told him that if he renounced Christianity, he would be freed.

Eventually all the items, including his personal Bible, were confiscated. In September, Idir learned that he had been convicted in absentia and, therefore, given a fine plus six months in jail for importing religious items without a licence.

On May 3rd, 2018, an appeals court overturned his initial prison sentence but upheld the fine of 20,000 dinar (approx. $225 CAN). Finally, on July 9th, all charges against him were dropped. In its ruling, the court stated that Idir has been prosecuted "simply because he converted to Christianity, and what he was carrying were only gifts." Idir is thankful that this situation has finally been resolved. "I am happy to be free at last," he proclaims.

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.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

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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