Iraq: intimidation of Nineveh Plain Christians

Iraqi Christians asked us to pray for the town of Bartella, a predominantly Christian town in the Nineveh Plains, east of Mosul, where Christian communities are facing growing intimidation and threats from ethnically Shabak militias. Bartella was among the towns from... read more

Algeria: another church closure in Tizi Ouzou Province

Algerian Christians request prayer following the closure of another church on 6 August. The church in Boudjima, 25km from Tizi Ouzou, was sealed closed by officers of the National Gendarmerie, upon the orders of the governor of Tizi Ouzou Province. This church is... read more

Iran: Update on recent court hearings for Iranian converts

On 27 July Mahrokh (Roksare) Kanbari (65) attended Karaj Islamic Revolutionary Court to answer charges of “acting against national security.” Commenting on the court hearing on Saturday, friends said that the judge was very rude and tried to humiliate Mahrokh after... read more

Iran: Sevada Aghasar, conditionally released from prison

Iranian Christians are delighted to report that Sevada Aghasar, an ethnic Armenian, has been conditionally released from prison. Following an unsuccessful appeal, Sevada Aghasar was summoned to serve a five-year prison sentence in 2017, more than two years after he... read more

Iran: Upcoming court hearing for Christian convert

Friends of Christian convert Mahrokh (Roksare) Kanbari request prayer as she has been summoned to Karaj Islamic Revolutionary Court on 27 July. In December 2018, shortly before Christmas, three agents from Iranian intelligence raided the home of Mahrokh (65) and... read more

Syria: Bomb attack on Qamishli church

On Thursday 11 July, the Syriac Orthodox church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, North East Syria, was targeted in a car bomb attack. Although there are no known fatalities, state media reported that 11 civilians were injured and that the church and nearby properties... read more

Iran: Cross restored on Tabriz Church

Iranian Christians are delighted to report that the cross has been restored on Tabriz Evangelical Church. On 14 June, MEC issued a prayer request about violations of church property in Iran, including the confiscation of the Evangelical Christian Church of Tabriz. On... read more

Iran: five converts summoned to prison in Karaj

Iranian Christians request prayer for five Christian converts who were summoned to begin serving prison sentences starting 6 July. In December 2017 security agents raided the homes of Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi, Shahab Shahi, Yaghub Nateghi and Alireza Nourmohamadi,... read more

Iran: Christian convert family targeted in Bushehr

Iranian Christians request prayer for eight Christian converts recently arrested in the city of Bushehr, south-west Iran, seven of whom are still detained. Human rights organization Article 18 reports that on 1 July intelligence agents raided the homes of Christian... read more

Iran: Church property confiscated by state

Iranian Christians have requested prayer following continued action against the Christian community, including assaults on church property. As a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) the Islamic Republic of Iran is obliged to... read more

Iran: sentences of two converts upheld

Iranian Christians request prayer for Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri, whose prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime” have been upheld by the appeal court. Saheb and Fatimeh are members of the... read more