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Rachid
Muhammad Essaghir
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On October 29, a court in Ain El-Turck, northwestern Algeria acquitted Rachid Muhammad Essinger and two other Christian leaders who were charged with blasphemy in February (click here). According to a report from Middle East Concern, the men were declared innocent because the evidence brought against them was fabricated. The Christians were informed that they could bring their accuser to court for his slanderous accusations, but they chose instead to forgive him. Local Christians hope that the ruling will set a legal precedence for other wrongly accused Christians in the country. In recent months, negative international attention on the discrimination of Christians in Algeria has reportedly improved the government's treatment of believers.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Algeria, click here.

Current Ministry Project

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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