Believer appeals prison sentence

Some Christians in Afghanistan have said they afraid for their lives and they have asked Christians around the world to remember them in their prayers. Two Christian aid groups were recently suspended from Afghanistan over claims that workers were proselytizing. The offense carries the death penalty and now, the accusations are sparking protests from Muslims in the country.
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 Algeria gained independence from France in 1962 after a lengthy war. A one-party socialist regime, The National Liberation Front, has largely controlled the politics of the country since. In the first multi-party election in 1991, Islamists won, but the army intervened to prevent the second round of elections. Civil war ensued, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths before the government regained control.
In an attempt to accommodate rising Islamist pressure, the government has instituted some reforms. In 2006, a law was passed restricting religious practises, other than Islam. Many house churches were closed, as worship outside of officially approved buildings was prohibited. Christians face threats from family, neighbours and employers, as well as the government.
In January 2008, an intense media campaign against the church began as newspapers carried articles expressing concern about the growth of Christianity. Intense persecution followed -- house churches were closed by authorities, several believers were arrested and some were formally charged with insulting Islam. The government has not allowed any new church buildings to be built, and all newer churches that exist in Algeria today are house churches.
Persecution continues to intensify with ongoing pressure from Islamists who are demanding the implementation of  Sharia law, but reports of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ have also been increasing.

Church Attacked for Third Time

On the night of November 12th, a group of assailants attempted to set a church ablaze in southern Algeria. The group dispersed after police arrived, but no suspects were apprehended.
The church has faced other attacks in recent years. In 2010, assailants broke through the church's gates and entered the building in an attempt to steal the crucifix from the roof. In November of 2012, a group threatened to burn down the church and kill the pastor. "There are people who try to intimidate push us out of here," the pastor explains. "I think it is the growth of our community that disturbs them."
Persecution is intensifying in the country as Islamist groups become increasingly intolerant of other expressions of faith and push for the institution of Sharia law. Less than .5 percent of the population is Christian.
Please bring this pastor and his congregation before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to guard their hearts against fear and anxiety. Despite the opposition they are presently facing, may they continue faithfully meeting together for worship (Hebrews 10:23-25). Pray that God will also work powerfully in the lives of the assailants, drawing them into relationship with Himself and His people.
For more information on Algeria's persecuted church, visit our Algeria Country Report.

Believer appeals prison sentence
An Algerian Christian sentenced to five years in prison for "shaking the faith" of Muslims after sharing his faith is awaiting a decision on his appeal. The believer, "Kadar," who regularly shares his faith with Muslims in the city of Oran, was discussing his belief in Christ with a man at an outdoor food court last May when the man became angry and accused Kadar of insulting Muhammad. Police arrested Kadar and found a large amount of Christian materials in his apartment.
After Kadar was convicted, the judge gave him the maximum sentence of five years in prison even though the prosecutor had recommended a lesser sentence. Kadar is now out on bail awaiting the decision. There are four other legal cases against Christians in Algeria being monitored by VOM.
Please pray that the Lord will give believers undergoing persecution peace and strength, and even more opportunities to share the gospel. Ask the Lord to grant Kadar His peace during this time. Pray that the Church will continue to grow in Algeria.
To read more about trials facing Algerian Christians, go to the Algeria Country Report.