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Closure notice in Boudjima
Official notice of closure posted on
church door in Boudjima.

A church in the town of Boudjima of northern Algeria was closed by authorities on May 22nd, along with its associated Bible school. According to Pastor Youcef Ourahmane, the church had applied for a permit but, as usual, there had been no response.

On the day of the closure, Pastor Youcef was summoned to the church where he was informed by the gendarmes that the governor had ordered for it to be sealed. The officers at the scene apologized for what they were doing, saying, "We are only the executors."

Pastor Youcef serves as Vice President of the Protestant Church of Algeria, which oversees the operation of 45 churches across the country. Since November 2017, several associated churches have also received orders to cease their operations.

Continue to pray for all the churches throughout Algeria that are facing imminent closure. May these congregations find ways to continue meeting together peacefully for needed times of fellowship and worship. Ask God to grant Pastor Youcef and others of his organization guidance as they try to wisely navigate through these challenging times. In addition, pray for the country's governing leaders and authorities who themselves are in need of God's intervention. May the country's Christians be a testimony of His salvation and transformative power to the officials initiating the closures, as well as those who are implementing them.

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


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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