Authorities closed and sealed another church building in Algeria recently, making it the eighth church closed since November 2017. On September 24, the police director in Boghni announced that a church building in Boghni had been sealed at the governor’s order. The church building served two congregations belonging to the Protestant Churches of Algeria (EPA). The EPA is a legally recognized entity that serves about 380 member churches. For the past two years, the government has been challenging these churches to prove that they have licenses, and it has not approved any license applications received since 2006. Pray for the peace, wisdom and guidance of the church and EPA leaders.
Government Closes Eighth Church
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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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