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A church in Algeria - Photo: Middle East Concern www.meconcern.org
Photo: Middle East Concern

After months of civil unrest, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on April 2nd. Unfortunately, his abdication of leadership did not end the unrest, as the people demanded for all those who served under his governance to also resign and for a democratic election to take place very soon.

Thus far, the protests have been peaceful but there is fear that the situation may degrade. The protesters want to avoid repeating the scenario experienced in other countries during the so-called Arabic Spring, which started in late 2010. Wounds from long years of civil war are still vivid in the spirit of many Algerians.

In recent days, a national VOMC source has reported that local Algerian authorities are targeting the country's churches. An Algerian Christian leader, who was accused of conducting an illegal worship service without prior permit, has been ordered to appear before a judge on May 16th. Two other church leaders in the villages of Makouda and Boudjima have also been summoned on similar charges.

Please intercede for these churches in Algeria as they face opposition from governmental authorities. Pray that the country's citizens will find peace and establish a democratic government that respects the rights of all people -- including those of the Christian faith. May the accusations made against the church leaders be dropped, allowing the Gospel to continue ministering throughout Algeria without provocation or hindrance.

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.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

Country Information


43,576,691 (July 2021 est.)

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

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

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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