Algeria: Call for prayer regarding church closures

The EPA (“Eglise Protestante d’Algérie” – the Protestant Church of Algeria) has called for prayer with this message as the church commemorates a sad anniversary: Thursday, October 15, 2020, it will be one year since the crisis of arbitrary... read more

Somaliland: Couple in need of prayer

Being alerted of “suspicious activities,” police came to the house of a Christian couple on 21 September, arresting both after they found Christian materials. The couple have three children. At a 5 October press conference, a Somaliland police colonel stated that two... read more

Iran: Prayer for a Christian convert in exile

Friends of Christian convert Mohammad Reza (Youhan) Omidi request prayer as he serves a term of internal exile in Borazjan, in the south of Iran. Youhan was arrested in May 2016 (in Rasht, along with pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Yousef’s wife Tina and two others) and... read more

Iran: Christian convert faces propaganda charge

Iranian Christians are thankful that a new charge against convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been rejected through lack of evidence and the case closed. In 2013, Ebrahim was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison and two years of internal exile in the remote town of... read more

Iran: Christian convert parents lose custody of child

  Iranian Christian converts Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi request prayer, after the appeal court in Bushehr upheld a decision to deny them custody of their daughter Lydia. Sam and Maryam adopted Lydia from an orphanage as a three-month old baby in February... read more

Iran: Appeal denied, Christian couple reaches safety

The appeal of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz (sentenced to ten years in prison) and his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh (sentenced to five years in prison) has been denied. After many postponements, Pastor Victor was informed on 19 July that their appeal has been rejected.... read more

Algeria: Court orders church closure to remain in effect

Christians in Algeria ask for prayer for the church of Makouda, as an administrative court  rejected a request to cancel the governor’s order to close the church. The Spring of Life church, is the second largest Protestant church in Algeria with about 700 members. It... read more

Iran: Christian converts in Rasht sentenced

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts in Rasht who have been given  heavy prison sentences for ‘actions against national security,’ ‘attending home churches’ and ‘spreading Zionist Christianity.’ On 1 August Ramin Hassanpour was sentenced to... read more

Iran: Excessive bail demanded for Christians

Iranian Christians request prayer as authorities are demanding exorbitant amounts for bail for the leader and members of a church group recently targeted by Iranian security.  Joseph Shahbazian, 56, an Iranian-Armenian church group leader, was arrested on 30 June. He... read more

Iran: Christian convert – prison sentences appealed

Prayer is requested for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad (65) after, on appeal, one prison sentence was overturned, one was reduced and one was upheld. Ismaeil received three prison sentences following his violent arrest at home in Shiraz in January 2019. In... read more

Iraq: Displaced Christians in need of prayer

Christians in Iraq request prayer for Christian and Kurdish families impacted by Turkish bombardments of and incursions into Northern Iraq. About 80 families from the Zakho district fled the area bordering Turkey to the center of the district. Ten churches are... read more

Iran: Coordinated arrests of Christians

Iranian Christians request prayer after Revolutionary Guard agents arrested at least twelve Christians in three different cities. It is believed an informant gained Christians’ trust, infiltrated their network and helped Iranian security identify particular... read more