The impact of Islam on societies where it is dominant is shown in Algeria where the government systematically works to eliminate Christianity and shield Islam from accountability.
According to religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal, persecution is escalating in Algeria due to the government’s pragmatic and cowardly stance toward Islam. In the last few months this increasing repression has taken the form of the Algerian government’s seizure of several churches, the arbitrary arrests and sentencing of Christians, and the offer of sanctuary for known Islamic terrorists.
Recent examples of the uptick in the Algerian government’s directives to stifle Christianity include the demanded closure of several churches, two Bible schools, a Christian-owned bookshop and a day-care center for Christian children. The actions were taken by Algerian authorities who formed a committee last November to investigate Christian activities.
This coordinated effort by the Algerian government to suppress Christianity comes a year before the next presidential election will take place and Kendal finds that this may likely be an attempt by the ruling party to demonstrate its loyalty to Islamic roots.
An answer to prayer, however: Slimane Bouhafs, a Christian imprisoned since 2016 for “insulting Islam” through his Facebook account, was released on Easter Sunday this year!
“Greater is He that is in you, than he who is in the world.”
— 1 John 4:4
5/17 — Pray that Algerian Christians will count their suffering as joy, for the hope of Christ. (James 1:2) Pray that they look to the author and finisher of their faith.
5/18 — Pray that Algerian Christians put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect them from the planned onslaught of the Enemy who has already been defeated.
5/19 — Pray for many Muslims to turn from the ruthlessness and violence inherent in Islam and embrace Jesus who Himself is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14)
5/20 — Ask God to glorify Himself through the bold witness of His children in Algeria. (Psalm 149:4)
5/21 — Ask God to uphold the church in Algeria and raise up leaders and teachers to faithfully feed believers the true Bread of Life.
5/22 — Pray that many believers in Christ around the world will join in the plight of His children in Algeria by remembering them in prayer and in solidarity.
5/23 — Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the emerging and growing Church in Algeria. Praise God for an increasing harvest among Muslims as persecution also rises.
5/24 — Ask God to equip pastors and teachers in Algeria to build the Church on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ.