Prayer Requests

Iran: Update on Christians detained in prison 19 August 2014
Iraq: Update on deepening crisis facing Christians 12 August 2014
Sudan: Update on Meriam and family, now in Italy 24 July 2014
Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul 24 July 2014
Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul 18 July 2014
Iraq: Abducted nuns and orphans released unharmed 15 July 2014
Iran: Update on house church members and leaders imprisoned for their faith in Christ 08 July 2014
Sudan - Update on Christian sentenced to death, released and detained again 27 June 2014
Iran: Update on imprisoned pastor beaten and taken to an unknown location 26 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death, released and detained again 25 June 2014
Egypt: Update on three blasphemy cases 25 June 2014
Iraq: Update on Christians fearful following take-over of Mosul 24 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death 24 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death 24 June 2014
Egypt: Update on three blasphemy cases 20 June 2014
Iraq: Christians fearful following take-over of Mosul 11 June 2014
Iran: imprisoned pastor beaten and taken to an unknown location 10 June 2014
Sudan: update on believer sentenced to death 30 May 2014
Iran: update on dual-national detained for his Christian activities 21 May 2014
Iran: one believer conditionally released, others beaten whilst detained 20 May 2014
Sudan: Update on believer sentenced to death 15 May 2014
Sudan: believer sentenced to death 12 May 2014
Iran: update on detained pastor’s limited medical care as further arrests occur 09 May 2014
Turkey: update on situation regarding Malatya 24 April 2014
Iran: update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 April 2014
Syria: call for day of prayer as violence continues 07 April 2014
Turkey: legal change leads to temporary release of murderers of Christians 12 March 2014
Iran: three believers arrested as restrictions are imposed on some house church leaders 10 March 2014
Syria: nuns abducted from Ma’aloula released 10 March 2014
Turkey: legal change might lead to temporary release of murderers of Christians 07 March 2014
Iran: two believers released, others granted temporary leave from prison 06 March 2014
Syria: restrictions on Christians in Raqqah formalised 28 February 2014
Turkey: St. Gabriel Monastery given title deeds to some its property 27 February 2014
Egypt: update on blasphemy cases 26 February 2014
Libya: seven Egyptian Christians murdered 25 February 2014
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in Ahvaz, in December 2011 31 January 2014
Syria: Church leaders call for prayer for Geneva II peace conference 20 January 2014
Iran: arrests over the Christmas and New Year 16 January 2014
Iran: Christmas period and update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 December 2013
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 06 December 2013
Syria: uncertain situation of Ma'aloula nuns 05 December 2013
Iran: concerns for the health of two imprisoned believers 14 November 2013
Iran: update on believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 06 November 2013
Iran: harsh sentences for believers upheld 30 October 2013
Egypt: wedding celebration attack in context of Christian-Muslim relations 26 October 2013
Turkey: updates on ongoing legal cases 03 October 2013
Iran: two believers released from prison 18 September 2013
Iran: wave of arrests in July and August 18 September 2013
Syria: clashes in historic Christian village of Maaloula 09 September 2013
Turkey: update #24 on trial of murderers of Christians 09 September 2013
Syria: day of prayer for peace, Saturday 7th September 06 September 2013
Egypt: update on Church buildings being attacked 20 August 2013
Egypt: Church buildings being attacked as protest camps removed 14 August 2013
Iran: believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 09 August 2013
Egypt: Christians in Minya affected by extremist violence 07 August 2013
Syria: fears grow for missing priest 06 August 2013
Egypt: Christians affected by extremist violence 31 July 2013
Iran: eight believers convicted, others facing court hearings 25 July 2013
Egypt: Christians wary of protests called for Friday 18 July 2013
Egypt: Christians targeted during disturbances 08 July 2013
Egypt: hopes and fears in changed national governance 05 July 2013
Iran: update #2 on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 04 July 2013
Egypt: President authorises new church building 13 June 2013
Egypt: update #2 on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 12 June 2013
Egypt: update on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Egypt: Christian teacher faces court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Syria: day of prayer called for Saturday 11th May 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 07 June 2013
Iran: one believer released on bail, others remain detained 07 June 2013
Syria: two bishops kidnapped and their driver murdered 07 June 2013
Egypt: sectarian clashes leave several dead 07 June 2013
Iran: update #2 on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Iran: detained believers needing medical treatment 07 June 2013
Iran: update on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Syria: increasing incidence of religiously-motivated attacks against Christians 07 June 2013
Libya: update on Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Iran: updates on detained believers, some facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Egypt: two young boys convicted 07 June 2013
Libya: Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Algeria: believer challenges court conviction 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 28 January 2013
Iran: update #2 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 21 January 2013
Iran: update on dual-national detained for Christian activities 18 January 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 11 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani released; two further arrests 07 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani taken into custody again 02 January 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 31 December 2012
Iran: pressure on churches as Christmas approaches 21 December 2012
Middle East: update on expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 21 December 2012
Iran: dual-national detained for Christian activities 20 December 2012
Middle East: expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 04 December 2012
Egypt: lack of law and order affecting Christians 07 November 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 31 October 2012
Iran: update #2 on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 23 October 2012
Iran: update on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 19 October 2012
Iran: one believer released from prison 15 October 2012
Iran: imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 12 October 2012
Iran: Pastor serving six year prison sentence 11 October 2012
Egypt: update #2 on Christians facing blasphemy charges 11 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 09 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 05 October 2012
Egypt: sectarian tensions re-erupt in Rafah 04 October 2012
Iran: update #12 on pastor sentenced to death 08 September 2012
Iran: update #11 on pastor sentenced to death 06 September 2012
Egypt: incidents affecting Christian communities 28 August 2012
Iraq: Christians facing violent crime and at risk from discriminatory law 27 August 2012
Egypt: update on unjust sentencing of Christians 03 August 2012
Iran: update #10 on pastor sentenced to death 02 August 2012
Egypt: sectarian clashes lead to Christians fleeing Dahshour 02 August 2012
Syria: Christians affected by continuing violence 25 July 2012
Iran: 2 BMBs released, others remain detained 25 July 2012
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 06 July 2012
Iran: several BMBs released from prison, others detained 28 June 2012
Sudan: further attacks on church property in Khartoum 25 June 2012
Yemen: update #14 on foreigners abducted and killed 12 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches 11 June 2012
Egypt: unjust sentencing of Christians 07 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches and Christian leaders 04 June 2012
Iran: one believer released, others remain detained 26 April 2012
Sudan: attacks on church property in Khartoum 24 April 2012
Egypt: two Christians appealing convictions 20 April 2012
Turkey: update #23 on trial of murderers of Christians 16 April 2012
Sudan: two situations negatively impacting Christians 04 April 2012
Syria: muted Easter celebrations planned 04 April 2012
Egypt: legal cases and threats against Christians 23 March 2012
Iran: update on arrests of believers 21 March 2012
Iran: believers being detained 21 March 2012
Iran: some believers released on bail, others remain detained 21 March 2012
Egypt: sectarian incident partially resolved 21 February 2012
Iran: further arrests and church service closures 14 February 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 07 February 2012
Iran: four Christians detained following raid on a church service 26 December 2011
Iran: fears of increased pressure on Christians 21 December 2011
Turkey: updates on trial of murderers of Christians and on Monastery legal cases 21 December 2011
Iraq: concerns for safety of Christians over Christmas and New Year 20 December 2011
Egypt: update on Christians detained following the violent incident of 9th October 16 December 2011
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 16 December 2011
Turkey: update #22 on trial of murderers of Christians 15 December 2011
Egypt: update on concerns of Christians ahead of elections 13 December 2011
Yemen: update #13 on foreigners abducted and killed 09 December 2011
Egypt: concerns of Christians ahead of elections 27 November 2011
Egypt: Christians remain detained following the violent incident of 9th October 18 November 2011
Egypt: update on Supreme Administrative Court ruling in favour of Christian re-converts 21 October 2011
Iran: update #8 on pastor sentenced to death 11 October 2011
Egypt: violent incident in Cairo 10 October 2011
Iran: update #7 on pastor sentenced to death 07 October 2011
Egypt: update on church building work threatened by mob violence 04 October 2011
Iraq: update on three Christians kidnapped near Kirkuk 03 October 2011
Iran: update #6 on pastor sentenced to death 29 September 2011
Egypt: church building work threatened by mob violence 26 September 2011
Turkey: return of church property 26 September 2011
Iran: Pastor released after 1 year in prison 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian incidents in Minya province 26 September 2011
Iraq: car bomb attack on church in Kirkuk and Christian detained 26 September 2011
Iran: update #4 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: imminent independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court rules in favour of Christian re-converts 26 September 2011
Israel: Messianic couple harassed and falsely accussed 26 September 2011
Iran: update #3 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Iran: update on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: approaching independence for the South 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #12 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Algeria: seven churches closed down 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian killed in Kirkuk 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iran: 3 Christians freed following a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: update on believers facing a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: detained BMBs face court hearing on 5th April 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #21 on trial of murderers of Christians and other on-going legal cases 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians and constitutional change 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace We regret to report that on 29th January a Coptic Church was attacked in Rafah, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. The two-storey building contained two worship halls, used by different denominations. 26 September 2011
Egypt: Church property attacked 26 September 2011
Egypt: death sentence for perpetrator of attack on Christians a year ago 26 September 2011
Iran: update on new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #11 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Sudan: update #2 on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Iran: new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: 21 killed in church bombing 26 September 2011
Iraq: further violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Iraq: Fears of attacks on Christians over Christmas period 26 September 2011
Update #6 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Sudan: update on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Iraq: violence against Christians continues 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence near and in a church in Giza 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #10 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iraq: further attacks on Christians in Baghdad 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christians killed in Baghdad church 26 September 2011
Sudan: referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #20 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB dies following severe beating by relative; others remain detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB illegally detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #9 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB released on bail 26 September 2011
Turkey: murder of a Catholic Bishop and update on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #19 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh aqcuitted 26 September 2011
Iran: update on house church Leader couple arrested on 28 February 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #8 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on twins at centre of identity case 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian students targetted in bomb attacks 23 September 2011
Iran: update on more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Iran: more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #18 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #4 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: Update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Iran: three BMBs released but another detained 23 September 2011
Iran: several Christians released on bail 23 September 2011
Iraq: Update on Christians murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Egypt: Attacks on Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #7 on BMBs challenging government to change their Identity Cards 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #7 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Morocco: Orphanage closed down and expatriate Christians being deported 23 September 2011
Update on Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Iran: House church leader couple arrested on 28th February 23 September 2011
Iraq: update on Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Turkey: update on legal cases 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Middle East: Update on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: Update on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Algeria: new church building in attacked 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #6 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Egypt: Seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians attacked in town of Bartilla 23 September 2011
Iran: BMB arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Iraq: Another church bombed in Mosul 23 September 2011
Iraq: Churches bombed and Christians threatened 23 September 2011
Turkey: Threats to demolish church bell tower in Diyarbakir 23 September 2011
Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Morocco: Meeting broken up and expatriates deported 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh released from Evin prison in Tehran 23 September 2011
Egypt: BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 23 September 2011
Iran: Church in Tehran forced to close Friday services 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #5 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #16 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #4 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness, and #6 monastery under threat 23 September 2011
Middle east: update on two incidents 23 September 2011
Iran: update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Gaza Strip: second anniversary of martyrdom of Rami Ayyad 23 September 2011
Iraq: murder and kidnappings 23 September 2011
Sudan: 2 Church leaders killed in south 23 September 2011
Iran: update #2 on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: update on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #3 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #15 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Iran: update on two BMBs arrested 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #2 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #14 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on twins at centre of custody battle 23 September 2011
Iran: recommendation that apostasy be excluded from Penal Code 23 September 2011
Yemen: Update on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Mauritania: Expatriate Christian killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: updates on monastery under threat and on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #6 on BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 23 September 2011
Yemen: Foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
update #2 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained 04 June 2009
update #11 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 04 June 2009
update #3 on Turkish monastery under threat 02 June 2009
Continuing pressure against BMBs in Egypt 11 May 2009
PRAYER REQUEST: Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
update #12 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 17 April 2009
update #5 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 16 April 2009
update #6 on expatriate wife of national worker denied re-entry to an Arab country 15 April 2009
update on Saudi blogger arrested in January 14 April 2009
update #11 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 07 April 2009
update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 03 April 2009
Christian ladies seminar broken up in Morocco 03 April 2009
Two Christian ladies arrested in Tehran, Iran 02 April 2009
update #4 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 02 April 2009
update #3 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 20 March 2009
update #10 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 March 2009
update #3 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 03 March 2009
update #2 on Turkish monastery under threat 16 February 2009
update #2 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 12 February 2009
detained BMB facing court hearing in Iran, others released 10 February 2009
update on wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 06 February 2009
updates from Egypt: custody battle for twins, lady BMB detained at airport 05 February 2009
Two incidents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 05 February 2009
update #10 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 05 February 2009
wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 27 January 2009
update on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 27 January 2009
Arab BMB detained and abused 13 January 2009
Egyptian BMB detained and mistreated 13 January 2009
update #2 on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 08 January 2009
Update on Turkish monastery under threat 07 January 2009
update on BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 07 January 2009
Iranian believers under pressure at Christmas 24 December 2008
Turkish Christians express concerns their about church buildings 23 December 2008
BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 17 December 2008
update on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 15 December 2008
Iraqi BMBs flee to another Arab country 12 December 2008
Turkish monastery under threat 03 December 2008
Riots and Arrests in Egypt 28 November 2008
update #9 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 November 2008
update on Iranian believers being detained and released 17 November 2008
update #9 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 17 November 2008
Egyptian BMB challenges government to change his Identity Card 13 November 2008
update on Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 07 November 2008
update on Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 06 November 2008
update on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 27 October 2008
Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 23 October 2008
Prayer request:update on Ramtin Soodmand detained 4 his faith in Iran 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 16 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Iranian believers released, others detained 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Ramtin Soodmand detained for his faith in Iran 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 10 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Iranian believers released, others detained 02 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 24 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 18 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB beaten in the street 17 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab BMBs being threatened 12 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 08 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 August 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 29 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 24 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on Algerian Christians under pressure, 2 believers convicted 03 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Application for second Christian compound in Qatar 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 25 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on Algerian Christians under pressure 18 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 11 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: serious threat against Turkish pastor 09 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Jordanian family forced to flee their country 25 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on Algerian Christians under pressure 11 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Jordanian family forced to flee their country 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 20 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 19 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: 2nd update on Archbishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Algerian Christians under pressure 06 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: second update on Algerian Christians under pressure 04 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 03 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 29 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey postponed 28 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian receives death threat 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Christians in Gaza 22 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Algerian Christians under pressure 14 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian leader being watched and followed 13 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Some progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 11 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians under pressure 08 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on concern for blind Middle Eastern Christian 12 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #6 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 06 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two situations in a North African country 05 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 04 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 06 November 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #3 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 30 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #2 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 16 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Bible Society bookshop manager killed in Gaza 10 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Concern for Blind Middle Easten Christian 10 October 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #5 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 14 September 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #4 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 September 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Outreach team attacked in Central Sudan 03 May 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Convert at risk of Honour Killing 03 May 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 30 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #3 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Three Christians Slain in Turkey 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #1 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 05 April 2007
Mauritania: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Libya: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Lebanon: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Kuwait: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Iran: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Egypt: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Algeria: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 20 March 2007
Iraq: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Qatar: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Bahrain: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007

Latest Requests

  • Iran: Update on Christians detained in prison

    Posted on 19th August 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd,

     

    Iranian Christians have requested our prayers following several significant changes in the situation of those detained in Iranian prisons for their faith in Jesus.

     

    Typically, those arrested for their faith in Jesus are charged with crimes against national security. However, on 3rd August a leader within the "Church of Iran" denomination, Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad, was charged with "Moharebeh"- enmity against God - a crime that can carry the death sentence.

     

    Recall that Abdolreza was arrested on 5th July in conjunction with a number of other leaders from the same denomination. Security officials raided his home in Rasht and confiscated Christian materials, including Bibles.

     

    On 23rd July Mehdi Ameruni, another member of the "Church of Iran" denomination, was called to serve his three year prison sentence in Adel-Abad prison, Shiraz.

     

    Recall that on 12th October 2012 seven believers were arrested in a raid on a prayer meeting in Shiraz. Mehdi Ameruni was among them. Although they were released from detention on 19th March 2013, they were then tried on 16th July 2013. Mehdi was sentenced to three years in prison. He remained at liberty pending an appeal which was later rejected.

     

    Fatemeh Torkkajouri, wife of Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani, a "Church of Iran" leader, has been summoned to appear before a court in Iran. They are resident abroad, but security officials are putting pressure on her family still in the country to see that she attends a court hearing in Iran.

     

    Prisoners not only face hardships from guards and other state officials, but are also exposed to threats from fellow prisoners. Saeed Abedini in Rajai Shahr Prison, serving an eight year sentence for Christian activities has said that other prisoners have told him that radical islamists in the same prison plan to kill him. During exercise times, when there would be opportunity for them to harm him, Saeed has decided to stay in his cell.

     

    Recently a number of prisoners have been relocated to different prisons or different wards within the same prison. Farshid Fathi, for example, has been moved from the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. Farshid is serving a six year sentence for offences against national security. Saeed and Farshid are now being held in the same facility. However, Christian prisoners in Rajai Shahr and other prisons complain that they are being kept apart from one another.

     

    There is concern about the recent emigration of Christians from Iran, some in leadership positions. In recent weeks MEC has been notified of several families who have left the country because of the dangers they face inside Iran.

     

    Iranian Christians request our prayers that:
    a)  The charge of  "Moharebeh"- enmity against God - against Abdolreza would be overturned
    b)  Abdolreza, Mehdi, Saeed and Fathi (and all other Christian detainees in Iran) will know the Lord's presence and support
    c)  Saeed will know special protection against the threats of extremists in the same prison
    d)  Prisoners will have opportunities for fellowship and to encourage one another
    e)  Families of prisoners will know God's grace, strengthening and support
    f)  Iranian Christian families will have clarity when faced with the dilemma of whether to emigrate
    g)   All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity, as beings created in the image of God
    h)  All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him

     

    May be circulated to general mailing lists, outside organisations, and quoted from freely in reports citing "Middle East Concern" as the source of the information.

     
  • Iraq: Update on deepening crisis facing Christians

    Posted on 13th August 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the eternal Rock,

     

    Christians in Iraq request our renewed prayer as the crisis in their country continues to deepen.

     

    During the night of 6th-7th August, Islamic State (IS) militants attacked towns and villages to the east and north of Mosul with mortars and heavy weapons. The protecting Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew, leaving the area to be seized by the IS. This area, including the towns of Qaraqosh, Karamlis, Bartella and Tel Kayf, is the ancestral home of Iraq's Christian communities and had the largest concentration of Christians in Iraq, including many who fled from Baghdad due to violence over the last few years. This area is now virtually emptied of Christians.

     

    The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch has estimated that one hundred thousand Christians fled overnight, mostly on foot and with little or nothing in their possession. Many of these had already been displaced, having taken refuge in these towns in recent weeks after fleeing from Mosul. Most have now fled to cities in the Kurdish controlled areas nearby.

     

    Earlier last week, the IS seized the city of Sinjar, a traditional home of the Yazidi minority, forcing two hundred thousand to flee to the surrounding mountain areas. There are many reports of atrocities, including summary executions of men and treatment of women as "spoils of war" (including abduction, forced marriage and rape).

     

    The humanitarian needs of these displaced communities are overwhelming. Trapped Yazidi communities have suffered dehydration and starvation, and are grateful that air-drop operations have now started. Among Christians who have fled to Kurdish areas, many have taken refuge in Church halls and corridors, or in public schools, gardens and in the streets. There is an urgent need for water, food and shelter.

     

    Church leaders have expressed deep concern for the future of the Christian presence in this area as many seek to emigrate. Asia News quotes Msgr Rabban Al-Qas, Chaldean Bishop of Amadiyah in the Kurdish controlled area, who says: "The majority of Christians want to get their documents and leave, go away, because they are afraid. Thousand of Christians want to escape." He notes that the lack of effective government in Baghdad is a key part of the problem.

     

    In the midst of this existential threat to the church in Iraq the church continues to be involved in the distribution of aid without distinction as to religion. Msgr. Al-Qas asserts that the Chaldean Church "is active, and we witness our presence with love."

     

    Iraqi Christians urge us to pray, asking that:
    a. A permanent political solution would soon be found in Iraq, leading to the effective challenge of all who pursue violence and to the establishment of justice and a lasting peace
    b. All those who have been displaced will find sanctuary, receive the humanitarian assistance they need, and in time be able to return to their homes
    c. Christians in Iraq, and especially those who have been forced to flee their homes, will know the peace of Jesus, the protection of the Father and the comfort of the Spirit

     

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  • Sudan: Update on Meriam and family, now in Italy

    Posted on 24th July 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

     

    In recent months we have requested prayer for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a Sudanese believer from a Muslim background, who was sentenced to death on 15th May for apostasy but then released on 23rd June following a successful appeal. Recall that she was then re-arrested at the airport as she and her family were attempting to leave the country, and then released again on bail on 26th June.

     

    We are pleased to report that Meriam and her family have now left Sudan. They arrived in Rome at about 9.30am today (24th July) after the Italian government had negotiated her release with the Sudanese authorities. The family is expected to stay in Italy for a few days before continuing their journey to the US.

     

    Meriam's lawyers were not given prior notification of her departure. There remains a lack of clarity about the status of legal proceedings against Meriam in Sudan. It is not yet known whether the Attorney General has decided against filing charges for travelling on allegedly false documents. Nor is it yet known whether a court case brought by those claiming to be Meriam's relatives, to have her marriage cancelled, has been dropped.

     

    Sudanese Christians thank us for our prayers  and rejoice that Meriam, together with her husband Daniel and their young children Martin and Maya, are now in a place of safety. However, they are concerned about the possible repercussions for other Christians in Sudan.

     

    They request our continuing prayer that:
    a. Meriam, Daniel, Martin and Maya will know the comfort, healing and restoration of Jesus
    b. They will know the Father's provision and the Spirit's guidance at each stage of their journey
    c. Any outstanding court cases against Meriam will be dropped
    d. Christians across Sudan, and especially those from Muslim backgrounds, will know the Father's protection, the Son's peace and the Spirit's wisdom
    e. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

     

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  • Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul

    Posted on 24th July 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the eternal Rock,

     

    Iraqi Christians request continued prayer, especially for the Christians of Mosul and surrounding areas, most of whom have now fled.

     

    Recall that the Islamic State (IS), now in control of the area, has acted violently towards and imposed stringent conditions on religious and ethnic minority communities. Most members of the Yazidi and Shi'ite Turkman and Shabak communities have reportedly fled from the area.

     

    IS demanded that Christians convert to Islam or agree to adhere to strict Islamic rules including payment of the jizya tax - or else face execution. When Christian leaders failed to attend a meeting on 17th July, an ultimatum was set, giving Christians until noon on 19th July to leave.

     

    More than 200 families are reported to have fled, leaving all their belongings behind, as demanded by the IS. Some were beaten or otherwise humiliated at checkpoints while fleeing, and many were stripped of their remaining possessions (including vehicles, money, jewellery, phones, ID documents and even food and medicines).

     

    A few Christians remain in Mosul, including some elderly or infirm who were not able to leave. In some cases Christians are being shielded by Muslim neighbours. There are credible reports that some have been compelled by the IS to convert to Islam by reciting the Islamic declaration of faith before a Shari'a court.

     

    On 20th July, IS militants overran the Syriac Orthodox monastery of Mar Behnam, 30 km south east of Mosul, violently expelling all residents. Within Mosul, the cross on the Cathedral of Mar Afram, the Archbishopric of the Syriac Orthodox church, has been removed. It was replaced on 22nd July with loudspeakers for broadcasting the call to prayer.

     

    Iraqi Christians request our continued prayer that:
    a. Christians in Iraq, and especially from the Mosul area, will know the peace of Jesus, the guidance of the Spirit and the protection of the Father
    b. Christians who stayed behind in Mosul would not suffer repressions or reprisals by the IS, or be threatened to change their beliefs.
    c. All the displaced will find places of sanctuary, and that humanitarian assistance will reach all who are in need.
    d. Peace will be restored and that those displaced, including Christians, would be able to return to their towns.
    e. A peaceful and permanent political solution would soon be found, enabling all Iraqis to live in safety and prosperity.

     

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  • Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul

    Posted on 18th July 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the eternal Rock

     

    Christians in Iraq, especially from the city of Mosul, continue to face great difficulties. They have request renewed prayer for their country at this time of turmoil and hardship.

     

    Earlier this week the militant group in control of Mosul, the 'Islamic State' (IS, previously known as ISIS) summoned Christian leaders to a meeting on 17th July to notify them of Islamic rules to be applied to non-Muslims. Christian leaders did not attend this meeting. Consequently, it was announced that remaining Christians should leave the city or else face execution. They were ordered to leave all property behind. The ultimatum was initially set for noon today (18th July) but was then extended by 24 hours.

     

    It is believed that most Christian families have now fled from Mosul, many to areas of Northern Iraq under Kurdish control. Reports have suggested that some fleeing families were stopped at checkpoints by IS militants who confiscated belongings including money, jewellery and mobile phones.

     

    Earlier this week, the IS marked houses belonging to members of minority communities with the phrase "property of the Islamic State" including inhabited houses. Christian houses were marked with the letter 'N' for Nazarite.

     

    Iraqi Christians urge us to pray, asking that:
    a. Christians in Iraq, and especially from the Mosul area, will know the peace of Jesus, the guidance of the Spirit and the protection of the Father
    b. The displaced families will find sanctuary and that humanitarian assistance would reach all who are in need.
    c. Peace will be restored and that those displaced, including Christians, would be able to return to their towns.
    d. A peaceful and permanent political solution would soon be found, enabling all Iraqis to live in safety and prosperity.

     

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