(Voice of the Persecuted) ALGERIA – Population: 42.7 million, Christians 130,000 thousand
Algeria sits on the brink of change as it comes out from twenty years under the reign of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The new administration has the rare opportunity to address the deep, underlying issues that have plagued Algeria for decades and held it back from progressing in the area of human rights and religious freedom. Whether it will take that opportunity remains to be seen, but one thing is clear—now is the time for the international community to pressure Algeria to protect the rights of its vulnerable Christian minority.
The Algerian church is the second-largest Christian community in Northern Africa, and it faces a type of government-sponsored persecution that is currently unparalleled in the region. Like most countries in this part of the world, Algeria is officially Islamic. Indeed, the President’s oath of office requires him to “glorify the Islamic religion.” Still, Algeria’s Constitution contains provisions which guarantee religious freedom, although these protections have frequently been ignored in the creation of subsequent legislation and in government practice.
Christianity has existed in Algeria for centuries and is mostly tolerated by the broader society. However, the government views Christianity as a danger to the Algerian Islamic identity and is making every attempt to regulate the church into non-existence. Estimates of the Christian population range from 20,000 to 200,000. Protestants make up the fastest-growing Christian population in Algeria. The Evangelical Protestant Association (EPA), a government-approved organization of churches, consists of 45 churches spread across the country’s many ethnic and tribal identities. The largest single church consisted of approximately 1,000 members before it was shut down by authorities in late 2019.
During the 2020 World Watch List reporting period, the Algerian government continued its crackdown on Protestant communities. Eleven churches were closed by the government, adding to those already closed in the 2019 reporting period. Some were allowed to re-open after a few months. In a new wave of increased pressure, at least 90 Christians were harshly treated and detained during a public protest against the closure of the Full Gospel Church in Tizi Ouzou.
- Pray for the government to stop its’ campaign of closing Protestant churches, including one of the largest ones (about 700 members).
- Pray the sense of community is not lost and that Christians are still able to gather together
- Pray believers are bold in sharing the gospel.
- Pray to the Lord to show His Christians as their number is growing how to counteract the radical Islamic influence.
- Pray that local churches will be strengthened and rooted in the Word of God as churches are mainly made up of first-generation Christians.
- Pray to the Lord that churches will invest in discipleship training. Pray that new believers will be trained to live as disciples of Jesus.
- Pray to the Lord that He will give protection as well as wisdom and discernment for the believers involved in covert (underground) ministry.
- Please also pray that the Bible Society in Algeria will get permission to open shops throughout the country, to make Christian literature available to all citizens.
- Pray that the Lord will protect and strengthen the Christian background believers and to remain joyful under difficult circumstances.
- Pray that the Lord will appear to radical Muslims in their dreams and connect them with believe
- Pray to the Lord that He will bind the forces of darkness and enable the church to grow beyond expectations.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for Leah Sharibu and Alice, pray that they will be set free. And also lift up pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison and ask for the release for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 6 years in prison for sharing the Gospel in Iran
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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