The Church in Algeria

In the past few years, I have been particularly interested in what is happening in the church in North Africa. There are a variety of reasons for my interest, but I’ll offer two of them here:

1) North Africa was one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in the first 500 years after Christ, being home to such great theologians as Augustine, Tertullian, and also, if you include Egypt in North Africa, Athanasius and Anthony of the Desert

2)North Africa is the site of some notable revivals and movements of God in our era that are not too often discussed because of governmental suppression

Algeria has been the location of much current difficulties between the government and the Christian church. More specifically, in the past two years, there has been increased challenges for Christians to worship publicly or corporately. This is in large part to a vaguely worded 2006 law stating “which confines non-Muslim worship to specific buildings approved by the state and establishes steep criminal penalties for proselytizing and distributing or storing religious literature.” Because of the vague wording, some local governments in Algeria have been interpreting this very strictly, limiting Christian gatherings to stringent degrees.

Please take a moment to read the following article on believers in Algeria and pray for them.

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