Believer awaits appeal decision after ‘shaking the faith’ of Muslims

| April 24, 2012 | Comments (2)
Algerian Christians meet for worship in Algeria

Algerian Christians meet for worship in Algeria

An Algerian Christian was sentenced to five years in prison for “shaking the faith” of Muslims last May. Currently, “Kadar” is awaiting a decision on his appeal.

Kadar, who regularly shares his faith with Muslims in the city of Oran, was discussing his belief in Christ with a man at an outdoor food court last May when the man became angry and accused Kadar of insulting Muhammad. Police arrested Kadar and found a large amount of Christian materials in his apartment.

After Kadar was convicted, the judge gave him the maximum sentence of five years in prison even though the prosecutor had recommended a lesser sentence. Kadar is now out on bail awaiting the decision.

Another case has been much more hopeful. An Algerian evangelist, “Azad,” had been a believer for several years when his father chased him out of his family home. Azad’s in-laws even threatened to take away his wife if he continued to evangelize. A few months later, Azad was fired from work.

In the midst of the battle, Azad told a VOM worker, “I am so discouraged, and I feel hatred against God.” He stopped reading his Bible or going to church.

Recently, though, Azad asked a Christian friend for something to read. The Christian gave him “Tortured for Christ,” a book written by VOM’s founder about his experiences in prison. The book had a profound effect on Azad, and he decided to accept his plight and recommit to the Lord.

Life is not easy for believers in Algeria. Pray that the Lord will give believers undergoing persecution peace and strength, and even more opportunities to share the Gospel. Ask that the Church will continue to grow in Algeria.

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  • Robert_Maley

    Thank you for this article, Youssef. I came to this site from your link on Frontpage Magazine. I am glad that there is a website devoted to Christians in North Africa. In America, the media does not cover this part of the world very well. We never hear about the plight of Christians in the Maghreb. But I have been following events in Algeria since the civil war in the 1990′s. While I have never been to Algeria, I had several Algerian friends in France when I worked in Avignon at a theater festival. They were friendly and nice to me. I liked their food and music. I am Catholic, but I know Christians from all denominations are being persecuted in predominately Muslim countries. It is a very difficult time. We pray for you. I will share this website with other concerned friends. God bless!

    • Youssef

      Hi Robert

      Thank you for the comment. There is big amount of persecution that takes place in North Africa today, we must try help them everyday possible. I believe one day God will pour His Spirit among all people. I have witnessed amazing life changing events in the Maghreb. Please keep me in prayer today.

      God bless

      Youssef