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ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

Christians in Algeria request prayer for a congregation in the Kayblie region, which faces ongoing pressure from the authorities. After officials sealed the church building in October, the congregation continued to meet for worship in a tent erected in the church yard. On 28 January, the National Gendarmerie informed the owner of the tent that it must be dismantled.

The Church of Azagher has about 300 members and is more than five years old. It is a member of l’Église Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), the legally recognised umbrella of Protestant churches in Algeria.

Since November 2017 most EPA-affiliated churches have been visited by so-called ‘building-safety committees’. These committees have not only inspected buildings’ suitability to host meetings but have also been asking about licences required under a 2006 ordinance regulating non-Muslim worship. However, the government has yet to issue any licence for a church building under this ordinance.

Several churches have since received written orders to cease all activities. A number were closed by authorities because they did not have a licence.

The congregation in Azaghar was visited by a ‘committee’ in December 2017. In February 2018 the church received a letter citing non-compliance with safety regulations (lack of emergency exits and fire extinguishers). The church fixed those issues. However, the letter also mentioned violations of regulations regarding foreign visitors and noted a violation of the building’s designated commercial usage (poultry production). It was sealed by the authorities on 16 October.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Please pray the church and EPA leaders would know the Lord’s peace, wisdom and guidance in the face of growing pressure.
  • Pray the church members will be given opportunities to meet to worship the Lord.
  • Pray those responsible for the opposition would know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus.

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One Response to ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

  1. Donna Elmer 31 January 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    Amen may the Lord bless you all for your faithfulness even amongst so much persecution and suffering. I often don’t understand why God is willing to let us suffer so much but that is our calling. Those who desire to live a Godly life will suffer persecution but it helps me to remember He also said I will never leave you nor forsake you and His love is an never ending love but best of all some precious day out Lord will shout and those who sleep in Christ shall rise first and we who remain on earth shall be changed and this corruption will put on incoruption and this mortal body will put on immortality and we will be changed in a twinkling of an eye and be caught up in the air to meet our other brother and sister who were raised from their graves to meet our Wonderful Lord Jesus Christ and He will take is home with Him never to be persecuted in any way again. We will not face the wrath of God that will come on this earth because of the perfect sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. One day their will be No more pain, tears or suffering. Only true pure Joy that no-one can ever take away from us and we shall ever be in the presence of the Lord and His Bride, His Church will have no blemish buy be perfect in the eyes of God because we are washed in the precious blood of the lamb. Salvation belongs to out God. Praise and honour, wisdom and thanks, power and glory and strength.
    Be to our God forever and ever Amen.

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