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ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted

ALGERIA: Christian Acquitted

In April 2016, Idir Hamdad was returning to Algeria from a study trip to Amman, Jordan. When his luggage was inspected at the airport upon return, customs officials found his Bible and some other Christian books, along with some cross-shaped keychains he had been given. He was interrogated for eight hours, during which time the officers insulted his faith and told him that if he renounced Christianity, he would be freed.

Eventually all the items, including his personal Bible, were confiscated. In September 2017, Idir learned that he had been convicted in absentia and, therefore, given a fine plus six months in jail for importing religious items without a licence.

On 3 May 2018, an appeals court overturned his initial prison sentence but upheld the fine of 20,000 dinar ($228). Finally, on 9 July, all charges against him were dropped. In its ruling, the court stated that Idir has been prosecuted “simply because he converted to Christianity, and what he was carrying were only gifts.”

Idir is thankful that this situation has finally been resolved. “I am happy to be free at last,” he proclaims.

Sources: World Watch Monitor, Evangelical Focus, Gospel Geral

  • Join with Idir, his family and friends in thanking the Lord for this outcome.
  • Pray Idir, with God’s help will be able to put this ordeal behind him. Pray for the Lord’s leading as he makes plans for the future.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the church in Algeria; pray they will be courageous, faithful and united.
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INDIA: Ministry Partners Acquitted

INDIA: Ministry Partners Acquitted

Family and friends of eight Christian workers in India were elated when the men were acquitted of all charges.

Nine years ago, the men were serving in a Children’s Bible Club sponsored by Mission India. The attackers disrupted the meeting, beating those attending and burning Bibles and other materials. The workers were then charged with “forceful conversion.”

Since the charges were first laid, the men were forced to appear in court almost every month. Some had to travel for 12 hours to get to the court, only to have their case postponed or changed. Two of them died without seeing the case resolved.

In early March, news finally came through that the remaining six were cleared of all charges.

Source: Mission Network News

  • Ask the Lord to use the testimony of these believers to strengthen the faith of others in the area and spur them on to stand firm when opposed.
  • Pray for the workers as they make decisions about their future ministry prospects and as they adjust to life without this burden. Pray for those spreading the Gospel throughout India.
  • Pray the government will make efforts to ensure the practice of withholding justice over such a long period does not occur again.

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