‘Sad Day’ in Algeria as Officials Seal Buildings of Country’s Largest Churches

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Police use force to eject Christians resisting in protest. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 17, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria on Wednesday (Oct. 16) closed the Tafath (Light) church building in Tizi-Ouzou, a day after sealing shut the country’s largest church despite resistance, sources said. A third church in northern Algeria, Source of Light church in … Read More

Algeria: Campaign against churches escalates

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Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 15 October 2019 the Gendarmerie closed three church buildings, the Full Gospel Church of Tizi Ouzou, the church of Makouda and the church of Tafat. The Full Gospel Church, with approximately 700 members, also serves another 300 people in seven to eleven small churches in … Read More

Iran: Concerns over Christian convert missing since his arrest in August

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Friends and family of Mohammad Salehi, a Christian convert in his early 30s, are very concerned as there has been no news about him since his arrest in August. Mohammad was arrested at his home in Karaj on 25 August by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and has not contacted his family since the arrest. It is very unusual … Read More

Peaceful Sit-In Provokes Order to Close Church in Algeria, Christian Leader Says

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Head of EPA receives notice that his congregation’s building is targeted. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 14, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A Christian protest of Algeria’s church closures resulted in an order on Sunday (Oct. 13) to seal the church building of the head of the umbrella group of Protestant churches, the leader said. Salah Chalah, head of … Read More

Christian Slain in Kaduna State, 13 Others Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen terrorize north-central areas of country. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, October 14, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a young Christian man after stopping him on a highway in Kaduna state on Oct. 5, while in Plateau state another 13 Christians have been slain in less than a month, sources said. Armed herdsmen stopped … Read More

Syria: Christians request prayer for northeast Syria

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Syrian Christians request prayer in light of Turkey’s current military campaign in the northeast of their country. Northeast Syria is home to a range of diverse ethnic and religious communities. The principal Kurdish region of Syria, it also hosts sizeable Syriac and Assyrian Christians communities. There are also Christian converts, especially among the Kurdish communities. The stated objectives of Turkey’s … Read More

Iran: Iranian convert to start prison sentence

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Iranian Christians request prayer for convert Mahrokh (Roksare) Kanbari who has been summoned to serve her one-year prison sentence. Mahrokh was convicted of “propaganda against the system” after a hearing at Karaj Revolutionary Court on 27 July. She was initially arrested shortly before Christmas 2018, when three agents from Iranian intelligence raided her home. She endured ten days of intense … Read More

Christian Woman Killed in Kidnapping of Four Baptists in Nigeria

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Pastor’s wife among those abducted. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, October 10, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Less than a week after Muslim Fulani herdsmen kidnapped six teenage girls from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria, another attack in the same county led to the killing of a Baptist woman and the kidnapping of four others from the same … Read More

Six Girls, Two Staff Members Kidnapped from Christian-Run High School in Nigeria

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Governor says kidnappers in Kaduna state are collaborating with Boko Haram. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, October 7, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A day before the Kaduna governor said kidnappers terrorizing the state are working with Boko Haram, Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Thursday (Oct. 3) kidnapped six teenage girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in … Read More

Young Mother in Somalia Lose Children — and Everything Else — to Follow Christ

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Women who leave Islam in sharia-ruled country are hard-pressed to find their way. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, October 4, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Sa’aada Hussein’s husband didn’t seem to be a very devoted Muslim by Somalia’s strict standards, so she hoped it would be safe to ask him for permission to read the Bible. After all, he … Read More