On 27 February, 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 bookshop.
These charges follow a raid on the Algerian church-run bookstore in September 2017. Police found Christian books, publications (including Bibles) and printing machines. Following the raid, the Governor of Oran ordered the bookshop to be closed.
Source: Middle East Concern
An appeal of the case was scheduled for 18 April. However, it has now been postponed to 16 May.
Let us pray.
- Pray for Pastor Rachid and Nouh as they prepare for the upcoming appeal. Pray for wisdom and favour and ultimately their acquittal.
- Pray that in the meantime these men, their families and fellow church members may be strengthened, kept safe from harm, and greatly encouraged in their faith.
- Ask the Lord to use this case as a witness for the Gospel to strengthen the faith of believers in Algeria.