Authorities shut down three more churches in Algeria last month. On Oct. 16, days after Christians protested the government’s crackdown on churches, authorities forcibly removed Light Church worshippers from their building in north-central Algeria and sealed its doors. The Light Church was Algeria’s largest place of worship. Earlier in the week, the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel and the Source of Life Church, also in the area of Tizi Ouzou, were closed. These three churches closed in October were among the largest congregations in Algeria and bring the total number of sealed worship buildings to 15. “The police intervened to force us out of our church — a church that exists and has been active legally and in the light since 1996,” said Pastor Salah Chalah, head of the organization representing protestant churches in Algeria. “May everyone know that we have been beaten and abused … for one reason only — our Christian faith. And because that’s the cause of our pain, we’re proud of it.”
Authorities Continue to Close Churches
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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