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The Disappearing Church in Algeria

Posted in Algeria with tags , , , on June 12, 2008 by Mike

Open Doors USA has an alarming post about how the Church is being forced into extinction in Algeria.

In March 2006,the Algerian government introduced new legislation that redefined the conditions for exercising religious activities outside of Islam. Since November 2007, 26 of the 52 known Algerian churches have been ordered to close. Many churches that attempt to register in accordance with this new law are often denied applications by the government with little or no explanation. Send an email to the Algerian Ambassador today, asking the Algerian government to stop the church closures!

The government fears that the growth of religious minorities within Algeria will allow foreign powers to interfere with Algeria’s internal affairs. Authorities have begun comparing Christianity with terrorism, and reports encourage Muslim schools and mosques to counter this “dangerous” Christian evangelism. As the number of church closures rises and more are encouraged to fight Christianity, the Algerian church risks becoming extinct.

11 November–International Day of Prayer

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2007 by Mike

On today, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Christianity Today has an interview with Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA about the state of religious rights throughout the world.

What is the point of prayer and aid for people in persecuted countries?

We believe that the important role that the church has to play in every culture is to be a source of hope and healing. Jesus called it salt and light. If the church leaves because of persecution or pressure, if Christians flee, where will that salt and light come from? So our job is not to remove Christians from persecution, but it’s to strengthen them. Christian support, love, commitment, prayer, physical and tangible resources so that they can remain where they are and ultimately that they can see the kingdom of God advance even in a situation as desperate as a persecution context.

How do you differentiate between persecution of Christians because of their beliefs and general oppression?

We resist the temptation to claim that everyone who’s a Christian who’s killed in a certain region is a martyr for Christ. We all know that ethnic, religious, political conflict produces casualties. That’s not religious persecution per se; it’s just people caught in the crossfire who happen to be Christians.

International Day of Prayer

Posted in America, Overseas with tags , on October 28, 2007 by Mike

September 11 is the International Day Of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please visit OpenDoorsUSA.org for more information on what you can do.