The mortar and pestle, an ancient tool used for crushing food like spices and nuts, has become a symbol of the protests in Algeria.
George Makeen from SAT-7 explains. “They were using it in the demonstrations to just make noise and revive people. Then, those who are against the movement said, ‘This is the noise of church bells. And this is why Christians are not national, not part of the nation.”
However, many Muslims defended Christians against this accusation. They pointed out that Christians too want a better Algeria, with less government corruption. Makeen says, “So our prayers are for the state to understand and to treat Christians with respect. Pray for Christians to continue to be engaged, to have that sense they are not alone, not left behind, and not forgotten.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray many Algerians would find hope in Jesus during a tumultuous time.