Christians around the world need the prayers of their brothers and sisters in countries like the UK and Ireland – where it is easier to share prayer needs openly and talk about religion – to help them endure and survive persecution.
One of those now in need of our prayer support is Slimane (pictured), who was due in court in Algeria today to appeal against a five-year jail sentence for ‘blasphemy’ – his punishment for a Facebook post.
Please pray that the court will acquit our brother in Christ: earlier this month he was given the maximum punishment for defaming Islam and its prophet: a lengthy jail term and a hefty fine. Slimane Bouhafs’ only ‘crime’ was to post on social media a comment about the ‘light of Jesus’ overcoming the ‘lie of Islam’. He also shared a photo of someone being executed by an Islamist terrorist.
It has emerged that Slimane was subjected to long interrogation sessions after his arrest and was denied access to a lawyer. He has been behind bars since his conviction on August 7.
- Please ask God to keep Slimane in His perfect peace and protect him. Slimane suffers from gout.
- Pray that God will strengthen his family and his church.
- Pray that Slimane’s appeal will be successful and that the Algerian judiciary will uphold religious liberties in its nation.
(Source: Middle East Concern)
UPDATE ON ASIA BIBI
A long-awaited appeal against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ is reported to be scheduled for the second week of October for Asia Bibi (right), our Christian sister who is on death row in Pakistan. Asia has been in jail for seven years – ever since she got into a dispute with her fellow farm workers in Punjab. Pray she will be acquitted and set free. (Source: International Christian Concern)
ACT NOW TO HELP PAKISTAN’S CHRISTIANS
As well as praying, you can help Pakistani Christians like Asia by signing our PETITION calling on Pakistan’s Government to repeal its notorious blasphemy laws, the root of so much suffering for Christians and others. Simply click here and sign.