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Rev. Rachid Seighir - Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News
Rev. Rachid Seighir
Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News

On February 27th, Pastor Rachid Seighir and Nouh Hamimi were sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly "shaking the faith" of Muslims through the Christian literature being sold in their bookstore (read more). The charges follow a raid on the Algerian church-run bookstore in September 2017.


An appeal of the case was scheduled for April 18th. However, it has now been postponed until May 16th.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Rachid and Nouh as they face this two-year prison sentence. Ask God to speak to the hearts of the court officials involved in this case so that mercy may be extended to these imprisoned believers, resulting in their acquittal upon appeal. Pray that the two Christian men, along with their families and fellow church members, will know the peace of God and the reassuring presence of His Holy Spirit during this time of uncertainty. As they await next month's court meeting, may they be strengthened, kept safe from harm, and greatly encouraged in their faith.

Current Ministry Project

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