As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, places of worship in many nations have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. In Algeria, all places of worship and entertainment have been closed since March. In August, governing officials decided to gradually reopen places of worship, beginning with large mosques consisting of over a thousand worshippers.
On 27 October, authorities in Tizi Ouzou province, where most Algerian Christians reside, released a list of 183 mosques that have been granted permission to reopen. There has been no mention of any churches being reopened, including the 25 affiliated with the Eglise Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), an umbrella organisation of Protestant churches.
For the past three years, authorities in Algeria have been waging a campaign against the EPA churches, resulting in 13 being forcibly closed, with others receiving orders to cease all religious activities. There are concerns that the pandemic closures may be used as part of this campaign, keeping all the churches in the country closed indefinitely.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray for believers in Algeria who are continuing to persevere and bear witness to God’s love in the midst of intensifying persecution.
- Pray that Algeria’s governing authorities will treat all citizens equally and allow the closed churches to reopen soon.
- Pray the country’s Christian leaders will be filled with the wisdom and the peace of God as they confront this difficult situation, and the assurance that ultimately nothing can stop the advancement of His Kingdom.
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