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Tiaret AlgeriaAn Algerian Christian was handed a two-year suspended sentence on April 9 for giving a Bible to an undercover police officer, according to an April 10 report from Compass Direct. The written verdict convicting the Christian for "proselytism" was delivered on April 2 by a court in Tiaret, 150 miles southwest of Algiers.

The believer, who wished to remain anonymous, gave the Bible to the policeman who posed as someone interested in Christianity and insisted in obtaining a copy of the Scriptures. He plans to appeal the suspended sentence, which includes a fine of 100,000 dinars ($1540 CAD).

Ask God to give peace and boldness to this believer during this time (Philippians 4:5-7). Continue to pray for the Church in Algeria as it faces ongoing opposition for the sake of Christ.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Algeria, vist Algeria's Country Report.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
43,576,691 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Aran-Berber (99), European (<1)

Religions (%)
Muslim (99), Other, Christian and Jewish (<1)

Leader
Abdelmadjid Tebboune (Dec. 2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
mix of French civil law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Algeria

Pray that God will use the current restrictions to draw many more Algerians into a relationship with Christ. Pray for conversions to Jesus among the country’s powerful Islamist leaders.

Pray Algerian believers will respond to pressure with faith and perseverance.

Pray for the nation's young people, who make up a large percentage of the population in general, as well as the majority of Christians. May they not be frustrated or disillusioned but rather strengthened and encouraged in Christ Jesus.

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