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Christians in Algeria are requesting prayer for another church, this time in the city of Bejaia, as authorities continue their campaign to forcibly close places of worship. The church, which consists of more than 300 members, is a long-standing affiliate of the Église Protestante d'Algérie, an officially recognized umbrella organization for Protestant churches. On April 6th, the church was informed of an order from the governor to cease worship immediately.

Since November 2017, when the government crackdown on Protestant churches began to intensify, a total of 17 churches affiliated with the EPA have been ordered to close or cease their worship activities. Several non-EPA churches were also ordered to close but have not made their identities known in order to prevent repercussions. To learn more about the persecution of Algeria's Christians, go to our country report.

Pray that Christians in Algeria will be able to continue meeting for worship and fellowship, despite the opposition they encounter. Specifically pray that the leaders of the church in Bejaia will be given direction and wisdom as they determine the best way to continue fulfilling their God-given mission. May the Lord draw His people together in unity so they will be a source of a great encouragement to one another and a bright beacon of light amid the unsaved members of their communities.

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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