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Algerian church closure remains in effect – September 1st 2020

Middle East Concern, 17 August 2020

Christians in Algeria ask for prayer for the Spring of Life church in Makouda, second largest Protestant church in Algeria with about 700 members, as a court  rejected their request to cancel the governor’s order to close it under Ordinance 06-03, which stipulates that permission must be obtained before using a building for non-Muslim worship.

Under Ordinance 06-03, Algerian authorities started a campaign in November 2017 to close churches.

In June 2020, the Makouda pastor was fined by another court for unpermitted modifications to the (church) building.

Christians in Algeria are concerned this verdict might be a precedent for similar action by municipal authorities against other churches.

Algerian Christians ask us to pray that regulations governing non-Muslim worship will be amended and justly implemented, so that Christians will be able to worship freely.