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Algeria-handsAlgerian authorities have charged six Christians with distributing "illegal religious material" after detaining them as they left a prayer meeting at a western city on May 9, according to a May 15 report from Compass Direct. Prior to the Christians' release from detention in Tiaret, they were charged with "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims." During their overnight stay at a local police station, officers repeatedly threatened the believers with violence for converting from Islam to Christianity. The first court hearing is scheduled for May 27.

Pray for these Algerian Christians to find peace in Christ in the midst of pressure and opposition for their faith in Him (Philippians 4:7). Pray that God will embolden Christians in Algeria to spread the Gospel in their nation.

For more information on the persecution facing Algeria's Christians, visit Algeria's Country Report.

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The Voice of the Martyrs Canada is equipping persecuted Christians in Algeria with biblical and theological training through the support of a seminary that provides contextually biblical and relevant training.

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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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