Christians in Algeria request continued prayer for Pastor Rachid Seighir, and his bookshop assistant Nouh Hamami. as the decision in their appeal against proselytising charges has been postponed to 6 June.

Pastor Rachid leads the Oran City church (L’Oratoire) and also owns a book and stationery shop, where Nouh Hamami works as a salesman.

On 27 February both were convicted in-absentia of “proselytising,” as the bookshop contained books which were considered to “agitate the faith of Muslims.” An article in the law regulating non-Muslim worship criminalises “ … producing, storing, or disseminating printed documents, audiovisuals, or using any other means with the intent to undermine the faith of a Muslim.”

Police raided the bookshop in September 2017, finding Christian books, publications (including Bibles) and printing machines. The two Christians were sentenced to two years in prison and fined. Their appeal was heard in 16 May. The verdict should have been announced on 30 May but was postponed by he court for one week.

Prayer Points

Christians in Algeria request prayer:

  • that the two Christians will know the peace of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit

  • for justice, that they will be acquitted on all charges

  • for the organised campaign against Christians and the Algerian church to cease,

  • that those responsible for the persecution of Christians will know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus.

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