Prayer Requests

Iran: Christian released from prison in Shiraz 30 March 2015
Turkey: Update on Malatya murder trial 12 March 2015
Iran - release of Pastor Victor 04 March 2015
Syria: Update on abduction of Assyrian Christians in Hassaka Governorate 02 March 2015
Syria: abduction of Assyrian Christians in Hassaka Governorate 24 February 2015
Iran: Release of Rasoul Abdollahi 23 February 2015
Libya: Murder of 21 Coptic Christians 16 February 2015
Iran: one believer released, another re-imprisoned 29 January 2015
Turkey: Update Malatya trial 22 January 2015
Libya: Egyptian Christians kidnapped on 3rd January 15 January 2015
Iran: Update on Christians detained in March 2014 05 January 2015
Iran - Arrest of Christians during the Christmas period 02 January 2015
Iran: Update, releases, dropped charges and failed appeal 18 December 2014
Iran: Two Christian prisoners released 15 December 2014
Turkey: Christian ministry targeted in arson attack 15 December 2014
Iran: Update on house church members imprisoned for their faith 17 November 2014
Iran: Harsh sentences given to church leaders 20 October 2014
Iran: Update on arrests and charges against Christians 07 October 2014
Yemen: Update on foreigners abducted and killed 30 September 2014
Iran: Continuing Arrests and Harsh Sentences for Christians 16 September 2014
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: Christian released from prison in Shiraz

    Posted on 30th March 2015

    Greetings in the name of Jesus.

    On 29th January MEC reported the release of Vahid Hakkani and asked for prayer for the release of two other believers held with him, Mojtaba Hosseini and Homayoun Shokouhi. Iranian Christians rejoice that Mojtaba was set free on 18th March and that Homayoun was recently allowed ten days' leave from prison for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year holiday.

    These three were among eight believers arrested on 8th February 2012 in coordinated raids by security agents in Shiraz. Although all the others have now been released, Homayoun remains in detention to complete his sentence of 3 years and 8 months, with an additional suspended sentence of 8 months.

    Four were released in 2012. On 10th January 2013 the other four believers, Homayoun, Kurosh, Mojtaba and Vahid, were brought before the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz on charges of 'disrupting national security' and 'propaganda against the regime' (related to their involvement in a house church), evangelism, and contact with Christians outside Iran. They were found guilty and received prison sentences of three years and eight months each.

    Kurosh was released on 18th May 2014 and Homayoun was released on 10th November 2014 - only to have his bail conditions cancelled and be returned to prison. Vahid was released on Monday 26th January 2015 and, most recently, Mojtaba was released on 18th March 2015.

    Iranian Christians request our prayers that:
    a. Mojtaba and Vahid will know God's strength and love as they recover from imprisonment and seek God's direction for the future
    b. All those detained in Iran for their Christian faith or activities, including Homayoun, will know the Lord's strength and support during their detention and that they will be released soon
    c. All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God
    d. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him


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

     
  • Turkey: Update on Malatya murder trial

    Posted on 12th March 2015

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

    Further delays are anticipated in the trial of the suspects behind the murder of three Christians at Zirve Publishing House, Malatya in Turkey in 2007.

    A recent amendment to legislation has resulted in the establishment of new courts in Istanbul, Ankara and Diyarbakir to try cases of terrorism and organised crime. Previous hearings in this case took place in Malatya, but the trial will now move, possibly to Diyarbakir, which is the closest of the new courts.

    Lawyer Erdal Dogan remarked that this will be the fourth change of judge and court officials and that this will inevitably have a negative effect on the progress of the trial as it takes a lot of time for each board of judges and prosecutors to read and acknowledge the case file.

    As mentioned in a prayer update of 22nd January 2015, all the defendants (apart from one held on a separate charge) have now been released, although the five accused perpetrators have been electronically tagged and are under house arrest. Life sentences without parole have been demanded for the killers of the three Christians (two Turkish and one German).

    Turkish Christians request our continued prayers that:
    a. The new court will quickly become engaged with the trial and that justice will be seen to be done
    b. The families and friends of the murdered Christians will know the peace and presence of Jesus, especially concerning the trial process
    c. All those who aided or perpetrated the murders would have a deep conviction about what they have done, and understand the depths of Jesus' forgiveness
    d. All Christians involved will know the Spirit's enabling, equipping and assisting as they persevere in their efforts to promote justice
    e. All judges, other officials, lawyers and journalists involved will hear the gospel of Jesus, and be drawn to the Father's love, forgiveness and acceptance

     

    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. 

     
  • Iran - release of Pastor Victor

    Posted on 4th March 2015

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

    Iranian Christians are pleased to report the release from Evin Prison in Tehran of Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz. MEC issued a prayer request on 2nd January mentioning his arrest and asking for prayer on his behalf. Pastor Victor expresses his thanks to those who have been praying for him, and says that it was a great source of encouragement to know of this support.

    On 26th December security officials raided the house of Pastor Victor and conducted a thorough search, confiscating Bibles, mobile phones and identity papers belonging to people who had gathered for a Christmas celebration. All those present were arrested and most were released shortly afterwards, but Pastor Victor, who is of Assyrian Christian background, and two other believers (from Muslim backgrounds) were taken to Evin Prison.

    The two believers detained along with Pastor Victor, Amin and Kaviyan, were released on bail a month ago. Pastor Victor was initially refused bail. However, on 1st March he was offered conditional release. The bail conditions were high and his family has had to submit title deeds to meet these conditions.

    Pastor Victor feels weak, has breathing difficulties, and has lost weight. He also has a tooth infection, but otherwise is in reasonable health. Security officials are keeping his home under observation.

    Iranian Christians rejoice at Pastor Victor's release and request prayer that:
    a. Victor will quickly recover from the ordeal and have wisdom about the next steps that he should take
    b. Victor will be able to receive adequate legal assistance
    c. Iranian justice officials will not make unreasonable bail demands
    d. All those in prison in Iran on account of their faith in Jesus will be released soon
    e. All the Iranian officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him

     

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  • Syria: Update on abduction of Assyrian Christians in Hassaka Governorate

    Posted on 1st March 2015

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

    Last week we requested prayer for a developing situation in north-east Syria involving the abduction of large numbers of Assyrian Christians by Daesh ('Islamic State') militants.

    We are pleased to report that 19 of the hostages were released yesterday (1st March). However, grave concerns remain for the many others still being held by Daesh, now estimated to be more than two hundred. The nineteen released were taken by bus to the Church of Our Lady in Hassaka. Most are men, and all are reported to be over 50 years old. There is speculation that an Islamic court ordered their release after 'tax payments' were made on their behalf.

    The abductions began at around 4.00am on 23rd February, when Daesh launched an offensive on a 40km front along the River Khabour in Hassaka Governorate - an area in which there are around 35 predominantly Christian villages. It is believed that the abducted Christians are being held in Mount Abdelaziz, an area nearby which is under Daesh control.

    In the days following the offensive, all sources increased their initial estimates of how many were abducted and how many had fled from their villages. Most sources claim that the number of abductees is more than 200. A representative of the Assyrian Church of the East reported that 51 families failed to flee from Tal-Shamiram and are feared to have been abducted, in addition to more than 100 individuals from other villages. He noted that the number of families who have fled is expected to reach 1,200. At least 15 casualties have been reported, principally among Assyrian combatants fighting alongside Kurdish militias in defence of their areas.

    Assyrian and Syrian Church leaders have appealed to the international community to redouble efforts to stop the killing and systematic displacement of Christians, and to promote a peaceful settlement in the region.

    Syrian Christians ask us to continue to pray that:
    a.  Those abducted will know the presence and protection of Jesus, and will be released soon
    b.  Those displaced from their homes will know the Father's care and provision, and will be able to return to their villages soon
    c.  Those released will know the Spirit's comfort and healing following their ordeal
    d.  Violence will cease, peace will be restored and the clear rule of law will be applied equally for all in Syria
    e. Those responsible for the abductions will know the Spirit's conviction of sin, seek the Father's forgiveness and find new life in the Son

     

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  • Syria: abduction of Assyrian Christians in Hassaka Governorate

    Posted on 24th February 2015

     

    Syrian Christians have requested prayer for a developing situation in north-east Syria in which large numbers of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by Daesh ('Islamic State') militants.

     

    The abductions began at around 4.00am local time yesterday (23rd February) when Daesh launched an offensive on a 40km front along the River Khabour in Hassaka Governorate. There are around 35 predominantly Christian villages along the river in that area. The Daesh offensive follows clashes in which Kurdish and Syriac militias claim to have 'liberated' villages from Daesh control in neighbouring Raqqa Governorate.

     

    According to one source, more than 600 families managed to flee from these villages. However, many Christians were abducted by Daesh militants. There is still some uncertainty about the exact numbers being held; one source refers to 56 Christians having been taken from the village of Tal-Shamiram and 'dozens' from other villages. Some refer to up to 100 having been abducted.

     

    There are reports that churches in two villages were set on fire, and that a 17 year-old Christian was murdered. Examples of Muslim neighbours showing solidarity and assisting Christians have also emerged.

     

    The reason for the abductions has not been stated. There is speculation that the abductees may be used in negotiations for the release of Daesh militants captured by Kurdish militias. However, there is grave concern over the fate of the Christians, especially in view of the recent murder of 21 Christians by Daesh-affiliated militants in Libya.

     

    Syrian Christians ask us to pray that:

     

    a.  Those abducted will know the presence and protection of Jesus, and will be released soon

    b.  Those displaced from their homes will know the Father's care and provision, and will be able to return to their villages soon

    c.  Violence will cease, peace will be restored and the clear rule of law will be applied equally for all in Syria

    d. Those responsible for the abductions will know the Spirit's conviction of sin, seek the Father's forgiveness and find new life in the Son

     

     

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