Convert Says Persecuted Algerian Christians Are ‘Confident in God’

In Algeria, police shuttered the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel of Tizi-Ouzou in a spree of church closures affecting the 125,000 Christians in the majority Muslim nation. Morning Star News photo

Christians in Algeria “are optimistic and confident in God” in the midst of persecution, an Algerian convert told Baptist Press after the government closed churches and beat believers.

“The believers in Algeria are passing through a difficult moment but they are not giving up despite difficult circumstances,” said the Algerian Christian who accepted Christ at a church police have since shuttered.

“This affects me personally because the church that was just closed watched as I became a Christian. It was there that I gave my life to Jesus and there that I took my first steps as a Christian,” she said. “I am still closely connected to this church even though I live in Europe now.”

Baptist Press communicated with the Christian through the aid of an International Mission Board church planter in Europe, where the Algerian woman now lives and is being discipled. BP is not identifying either for safety concerns.

Among recent church closures, the Algerian government raided and sealed three churches between Oct. 14 and 16, Morning Star News reported. Over the past two years, the government has closed 14 Protestant churches in what religious liberty advocate Open Doors has termed a “systematic campaign” against Protestant and Independent Christian churches. Churches included in the latest closures, Morning Star said, are the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel of Tizi-Ouzou, the largest Protestant church in Algeria with about 700 members; the Source of Light church in Makouda with 500 worshipers; and the Tafath (Light) church building in Tizi-Ouzou, where about 150 worship.

In sealing the largest congregation, police beat the pastor and injured members. Algerian police arrested 17 Christians Thursday (Oct. 17) who were peacefully protesting the closures, Open Doors said, but released them without any stated charges.

In the northern African country, Christians are only 125,000 among more than 41 million Sunni Muslims.

The Algerian Christian BP interviewed accepted Christ after God healed her brother, she told BP.

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Source: Baptist Press

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