Iran: court hearing postponed for pastor’s wife

Iranian Christians request prayer for Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, the wife of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz (pictured), whose court hearing has been postponed by three weeks. Shamiram was called to attend a hearing on 31st July in Tehran at Branch 26 of the Islamic... read more

Iran: Christian woman released from prison

Iranian Christians give thanks to God for the release from prison yesterday (1st August) of Maryam Naghash Zargaran. A convert from Islam, Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was imprisoned on 15th July 2013... read more

Iran: update on imprisoned Christians

Iranian Christians praise the Lord for Amin Afshar Naderi’s release from prison on bail on 25th July. They request further prayer for his health following a 21-day hunger strike, and for the appeal process for him and the two believers sentenced with him. Following a... read more

Iranian Christian on hunger strike

The Iranian Christian prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi (pictured) has gone on hunger strike to protest against long prison sentences given to Christians in Iran. In recent weeks 11 Christians, including 2 church pastors, have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms of 10 years... read more

Turkey: update on Malatya murder trial

Christians in Turkey request prayer for the review of sentences handed down last year in the trial related to the killing of three Christians in Malatya in 2007. On Tuesday 18th July a court in Gaziantep reviewed the prison sentences handed down on 28th September... read more

Sudan: update on Christian leader summoned to court

Christians in Sudan request prayer for Rafat, chair of the Evangelical Community Council – a committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) responsible for managing SPEC properties. Rafat attended the Criminal Court in Omdurman with his lawyer Mr... read more

Egypt: church activities restricted by extremist threats

Christians in Egypt have been requested by the security services to cancel all trips and activities outside of church buildings until at least the end of July. Representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Presidency of... read more

Sudan: Christian leader summoned to court

Christians in Sudan request prayer for Rafat Samir, chair of the Evangelical Community Council (a committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church denomination, responsible for managing the denomination’s properties). On 17th July 2017 he has to appear... read more

Algeria: partial pardon for imprisoned Christian

Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon. His three-year sentence was reduced by 16 months on 5th July, the national day of Algeria, following a decree by President Abdelaziz... read more

Palestine: court hearing for attacked nuns postponed

Palestinian Christians request prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem following the postponement of a court hearing scheduled for 11th July. The hearing, relating to a physical attack on the nuns in the context of a long-running... read more

Turkey: state appropriation of church properties

Christians in Turkey request prayer after the state appropriation of approximately 100 churches, monasteries and cemeteries belonging to the Syriac community in the province of Mardin in the south-east of the country. On 23rd June 2017 the media outlet Agos reported... read more