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ALGERIA: Churches Closed as Repression Escalates

Algeria’s Presidential Decree of March 2006 made any form of witness to Muslims a criminal offence.

Amendments to the law in June 2007 mandated that Christian activities could only take place within government-approved associations and structures.

The repressive measures are the efforts of a regime eager to appease fundamentalist and militant Islamists.

Persecution has escalated in recent months. Four churches have been closed and 25 of the country’s 45 Protestant churches have received notices to comply with the new regulation or face closure.

The escalating repression could be an attempt by the ruling party to demonstrate its Islamic credentials ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.

Source: Christian Faith and Freedom

  • Pray the believers will have opportunity to continue to meet to worship the Lord and encourage one another in the Word.
  • Pray the church leaders will be given wisdom and grace for these testing times. Pray the church will in no way be discouraged.
  • Pray for those in authority in Algeria, may they govern in strength, wisdom and openness.

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