Persecution & Prayer Alert

"Only in the cross of Christ will we
receive power when we are powerless...
strength when we are weak...hope when our
situation is hopeless. Only in the cross is
there peace for our troubled hearts."

~ Dr. Michael Youssef

Iran: Recent Converts Arrested

Source(s): Article 18, Middle East Concern

Arrested believers - Photo: Article 18
From left: Pooriya, Fatemeh, Maryam, Sam, Khatoon, Sasan, Marjan, and Habib
Photo: Article 18

Eight converts to Christianity, including five members of one family, were arrested in the southwestern city of Bushehr on July 1st. The officers, identified as agents from the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), stormed their homes. Bibles were confiscated, along with literature, any religious symbols, laptops, phones and other personal belongings.

Niger: Protesters Set Fire to Church

Source(s): Christian Post, Vatican News, Business Standard

Assemblies of God Church in Maradi - Photo: VOM USA
Assemblies of God Church in Maradi
Photo: VOM USA

A mob in the Zaria district of Niger's second largest city, Maradi, set fire to an Assemblies of God church in retaliation for the arrest of a prominent imam. In addition to the destruction of the church building, the pastor's car was also torched. Witnesses say that groups of young people also set up barricades with burning tires in protest.

Egypt: Over a Thousand Churches Approved

Source(s): International Christian Concern, Watani

Church in Egypt - Photo: Pixabay

A committee tasked to approve church licensing in Egypt has announced 127 new licenses to a variety of Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches. These licenses bring the total of the country's approved churches to 1,021.

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