Iran: Appeal hearing for sentenced Christians from Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts who face an appeal court hearing on Wednesday 13th December 2017. A hearing had been scheduled for 4th October 2017 but was rescheduled by the judge. The lawyer for Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi,... read more

Algeria: Church and Bookshop Closed by Authorities

Last month police raided the bookshop, accusing its owner of illegally printing Bibles and evangelistic brochures. They confiscated books and equipment but returned them when no proof of the allegations was found. Despite that, police issued and implemented a closure order for both the church and the bookshop. The order, which wrongly identifies the bookshop owner as the pastor of the church, repeated the earlier accusations and also alleges that he uses his private car to distribute illegal Christian material. The closure order also claims the Ain Turk church is illegal, despite its affiliation with the officially recognized EPA (L’Église Protestante d’Algérie).

Churches in Algeria face long-standing legal difficulties. Permission is required before a building can be used for non-Muslim worship, however authorities have always failed to grant such permission to churches. It has therefore become standard practice for churches to rent premises and then inform the local authorities about their activities, providing all relevant documentation, including confirming affiliation with the EPA.

Christians in Algeria request our prayers:

a. that church leaders, the bookshop owner and the leaders of the EPA will know the peace of Jesus, the wisdom of the Father and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they deal with this problem.
b. that the both the church in Ain Turk and the bookshop will be reopened, with believers able to worship in the rented building without further obstacles
c. that the regulations governing non-Muslim worship will be amended so that Christians will be able to worship freely
d. that those responsible for the order to close the church will know the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus

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Sudan: Sudan Church of Christ Pastors’ Court Hearing

Sudanese Christians request prayer for an upcoming court hearing concerning several pastors of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) in Al Thawra in Omdurman. The hearing, at which the defendants are expected to put forward their defence, is scheduled to take place... read more

Palestine: court hearing in Coptic attack case

Palestinian Christians request renewed prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem involved in legal action over a property dispute, after a further delay in the legal process. Today (14th November) the hearing related to the assault on nuns... read more

Sudan: update on Christian leader summoned to court

Sudanese Christians request prayer for an upcoming court hearing concerning the ongoing issue of illegal appropriation of church property by government-aligned agents. The hearing, at which a verdict is expected, is scheduled for 1pm (local time) on Monday 30th... read more

Algeria: imprisoned Christian ends hunger strike

The family of Slimane Bouhafs, the Algerian Christian imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, have confirmed that he has now ended his hunger strike. Slimane, who is being held in Jijel Prison in north east Algeria, began a hunger strike following the... read more

Palestine: hearing for Coptic church postponed again

Palestinian Christians request renewed prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem involved in legal action over a property dispute, after a further delay in the legal process. On 10th October there was due to be a court hearing, but members... read more

Turkey: Andrew’s song from prison

On the anniversary of his arrest, renewed prayer has been requested for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor detained in Izmir on 7th October 2016. He remains in prison. The prosecutor has asked for four consecutive life sentences based on allegations of obtaining... read more

Iran: appeal hearing for sentenced Christians from Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie. Their lawyer has received notice that an appeal hearing will be held at 36th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on... read more

Turkey: Andrew Brunson linked to extradition of Gulen

Christians in Turkey request renewed prayer for imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson after President Erdogan linked his release to the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, whom Turkey holds responsible for the attempted coup in July 2016. On 28th September President... read more