Algerian Freedom – Week Six of Eight

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Algerian Freedom
Week Six of Eight–Prayer and Action

The United States relationship with Algeria has been a roller coaster over the years. By 1800 The United States government was paying 20 percent of budget in ransom and tribute to the Muslim Barbary countries which included Algeria. President Jefferson decided that the US would no longer pay ransom from the Barbary Pirates and sent the Navy and Marines to attack. Later in 1815 United States attacked Algiers and forced a treaty. The treaty demanded the release of the American Christian hostages, discontinue tribute, and pay reparations for damage to US property.

 

In more recent years Algerians have fond memories of President Kennedy’s support for their independence from France in 1962. Relations were strengthen by Algerian diplomacy in 1980 which became instrumental in the obtaining the release of US hostages from Iran.

 

In 1992 Algeria erupted into civil war as the democratic government fought the forces of fundamental Muslims who desired to topple the government and set up a pure Islamic Sharia Law State. The relationship with the United States went to an all-time low as the war ensued from 1992 to 2000 and costs nearly 200,000 Algerian lives. In July 2001 the relationship improved as President Bush met with President Bouteflika and they meet again in September, 2003. Algeria has participated in helping the U.S. in anti-terrorism since 2001. In 2010 U.S. aid totaled 2.7 million dollars. In 2007 U.S. direct investment into Algeria totaled 5.45 billion dollars which was mostly in the oil and gas industry.

Let us pray that God bless the Algerian Government to continue a path of positive relations with the United States. Let us pray that the United States policies, investment and aid, support the growth of freedom in Algeria. Please encourage your local representative and Senators to voice concern for the legal freedoms of the Christian minority in Algeria. Specifically, please pray that Algeria revokes the laws of Ordinance 06-03 and drops the five year prison sentence of Pastor Siaghi Krimo.
(Please see www.SpiritofMartyrdom.com/news for more information.)

 

David Witt
david@SpiritofMartyrdom.com

 

PRAY

 

Monday: Pray for Algerian Christians use wisdom in dealing with the government.

Tuesday: Pray for Algerians to desire more freedom for all and thirst for a peace with all nations.

 

Wednesday: Pray for Imams and the spiritual leaders of Algeria that God open their eyes and that the Holy Spirit give clear thinking and a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

 

Thursday: Pray for Spirit of Martyrdom ministries that we communicate this message effectively.

 

Friday and this weekend: Pray for Christians in America to love the freedom God has given us and share it with our brothers and sisters in Algeria.

 

Week Verse: 1 Peter 2:13-17 – Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

ACTION

    1. Write your representative. You can find their e-mail address by clicking here: 

    2. Write your Senator. You can find their e-mail address by clicking here: 

       

      Dear Honorable,
      I thank you for your hard work and leadership over our great country. I do pray for your strength and wisdom as you must administrate to many duties. The United States has been a great force for international freedom. I am asking that you would use your influence to speak up for the legal freedoms of the Christian minority in Algeria.
      Over 100,000 Muslims in Algeria have converted to Christianity in the past 20 years. According the Algerian Constitution, people have fundamental rights and freedoms. However, fundamental Muslims rallied to pass Ordinance 06-03 in 2006, which oppresses freedom of speech and religion by prohibiting any publication, video, audio, spoken and material that “shakes the faith of a Muslim.” This law can also be used against the minority Algerian religious sects but has especially been targeted towards Christians.

      Pastor Siaghi Krimo on May 28th was sentence to 5 years in prison and $2,760,USD for simply giving a Christian CD away to his Muslim neighbor. Can you imagine a Muslim giving an educational CD in America to a Christian neighbor and then sentenced to five years in prison? Would you please use your leadership and do everything possible to influence the Algerian government to abolish the laws of Ordinance 06-03 and asked that the fine and prison sentence against Pastor Siaghi Krimo will be dropped.

      Respectfully Yours,

      Spirit of Martyrdom