Flag of Algeria Rank: 32
Score: 54/100
2013 Rank: 29
Leader: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 37.5 million (28,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in AlgeriaIslamists have a realistic chance of winning presidential elections in 2014, and as Islam becomes more visible in Algeria’s government, Christians face greater restrictions on their freedom. The oppression of Christians continues, especially for Muslim-background believers who are pressured by their families to make difficult choices. The law prohibits public assembly for the purposes of practicing a faith other than Islam, so only a few churches exist. Non-Muslims meet together in homes. A church in the south has been repeatedly attacked, and its pastor threatened, over the past 3 years.


  • Ask God to strengthen Muslim-background believers whose choice to follow Jesus brings pressure from the family.
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  • Claudia Hassan


  • Amy

    government has not registered any new churches since 2008. Pray for
    house churches who continue to meet, some openly and some in secret
    A religious law introduced in 2006 particularly restricts Christians.
    Pray that this restrictive law will be abolished
    For Christian women. Imprisonment of women and pressure from religious
    leaders to divorce Christians is common. – See more at:

  • Ernest Zenone

    Lord, have mercy on your people in Algeria. Grant the complete defeat of Isamist terrortists raise up a stable government that will grant freedom to worship and evangelize in this land. Protect Bibles and Christian literature entering Algeria from exposure to those who would confiscate and destroy them. May many more Muslims hear the gospel by satellite and radio broadcast and have Bibles and CD’s sent to them. Thank you for the faithfulness of the saints in Algeria who share the gospel at great cost. Protect them and may thy Word have free course and be glorified throughout Algeria. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

  • charlene.fonseca

    Thank you for your prayers for Algerian women especially! I have a friend I pray for regularly from here!

  • Edith Kurie

    Thank You Almighty Father God for satellite tv and Your children ready and prepared to share the love of Jesus. I pray for all those who oppose Christians that Holy Spirit will work mightily in their hearts in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Christopher Bealand

    It’s quite easy to take for granted religious freedom in the west. But freedom can also lead to apathy. Forgive us Lord for turning our heads or crossing the street. Please hear my prayer for the Body of Christ in Algeria that You would grant them perseverance mingled with joy for as they seek and serve You in the midst of a great pressing down and opposition.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Algeria. I pray for all of the believers in this nation and ask that You would strengthen them and protect them. I pray for the MBBs – that You would provide all of their needs and that You would give them special grace as so many of them have been rejected by their families. I ask that You would find ways for them to connect with each other… so that even if they don’t have their biological families supporting them, they can support one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray for the satellite radio programs that are reaching so many despite the passing of Ordinance 06-03. I know that no law can keep Your Word from spreading, but the presence of this law makes things much more difficult for believers. I pray that You would bless and anoint the satellite TV programs, that all who watch them would be moved in their hearts and be granted saving faith in order to believe in You. I pray that You would grant them even wider access to an audience in Algeria and that all those who have not yet heard the gospel would be given the opportunity to make a decision for Christ. I pray specifically for the church that has been enduring persecution over the past three years and ask that You would please bring relief. Please help the leadership of the church and all of the members to respond to this persecution as Jesus did… with grace and with trust in You. Help their responses to be a witness to those persecuting them. Please bless the nation of Algeria and continue to bring many into Your kingdom. I ask that You would strengthen and equip evangelists and missionaries in Algeria to do the work that You have called them to do. Help them to persevere in the face of great opposition and to draw on the strength and the grace that You promised would be equal to any obstacle that we face. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Kevin Simmons

    Father, may Your Name be glorified! I thank You for the lives of my Algerian brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer for Your Name daily. Lord, Your Word says that “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Lord, I lift up my family in Christ who come from a past of idolatry and I pray that You give them strength to persevere in this new faith. Protect these families Lord from the enemy and give these believers courage to share their faith as You give them opportunity.
    Thank you, holy Father, for the provisions that You have already made for these believers. I pray that in countries like Algeria that You would continue to make it possible for women especially to receive education and obtain literacy. Lord, you treasure these women more than the culture around them does and I thank You for Your eternal love. You are sovereign, Lord, and I pray that You would use any means to spread Your Gospel (TV programs, your elect) so that many may come to a saving knowledge of Christ. In the Name of Him Who was crucified to break the chains of sin and resurrected to the glory of God the Father, amen!

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Father, please reign over the situation in Algeria. Protect and grow the believers there, and give them the community they need, despite the legal restrictions. Grow your church as you reach others with the Gospel through satellite tv. Prepare non-believers to hear and respond to the gospel, and expose them to the truth of your word.

    Stem the tide of evil in this land, Lord. Reverse the trend toward Islamization and raise up righteous, godly leaders whom you will use to change the direction of the country.

    May your name be glorified in Algeria, Father!
    In the name of YourSon. Amen