Algerian Freedom: Week Five of Eight–Prayer and Action

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 in Africa, News | 5 Comments

Algerian Freedom
Week Five of Eight–Prayer and Action

Each week of this campaign our goal is to provide knowledge and awareness of what is taking place regarding persecution of Christians in Algeria. Pastor Siaghi Krimo is an example of the abuse of freedom that Ordinance 06-03 enforces. (Read week 3 for more information.) He was arrested for sharing his faith with a Muslim neighbor and now he and his family are facing persecution.

 

Siaghi is married with a one year old baby. Siaghi was arrested April 14, 2011 for offering his Muslim neighbor a Christian CD. Siaghi was tried in court on May 4, 2011 and his prosecutor asked that Siaghi spend two years in prison with a bail of 50,000 dinars ($690) . The two year sentence the prosecutor asked for is the minimum sentence for anyone who “insults” Muhammad according to Article 144 of the Algerian Penal Code.

 

May 28, 2011 the trial concluded and the judge increased the fine to 200,000 dinars ($2,760) and five years in prison. Pastor Siaghi Krimo’s lawyer immediately appealed the case. We have encouraging news that the higher court judge ruled Siaghi to be free until the appeal trial is complete. While it is good news that Siaghi gets to spend more time with his family, this freedom is not without concern. Siaghi received a threatening anonymous call that “he will pay the price for his actions.” His Church congregation is concerned for his life, so they encouraged him to move to a safer location. (Spirit of Martyrdom ministries– with the help of your donations is helping pay for one year’s rent in a more secure location.) You can imagine the spiritual battle that the Krimo family faces. His wife must deal with the fear that her husband may go to prison, may be killed by Muslim fundamentalists, and the concern and care for their one year old baby.

 

Pastor Krimo is now unemployed and has to deal with the increased expenses from legal to living expenses as well as adjusting to a new unfamiliar living environment. Yet with all these challenges, Pastor Krimo and his wife live by faith and declare that they will continue to witness for Christ. He desires to be bold! Siaghi understands that they persecute him because of Christ. He is honored to bear the name of Christ.

 

This week, we ask you to write a letter of encouragement and pray for Pastor Siaghi Krimo and his family. He is a living martyr who needs the help of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ commands us in scripture to encourage him and suffer with him. Below is a list that may help Pastor Siaghi in spiritual and physical ways. Thank you all so much for the many ways that you are giving in this campaign. God is truly moving in this and it is our humble honor that we can be involved to make a difference. Always feel free to write with questions and concerns. God bless.

 

Travis F.

Travis@SpiritofMartyrdom.com

This is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to pray and fast for Muslims to find salvation in Jesus Christ and specifically for ex-Muslims in Algeria who suffer the persecution for their Christian faith like Pastor Krimo (see www.SpiritofMartyrdom.com/news for more info.) http://www.30-days.net/resources/download/ gives resources that you can download for daily prayers for the Muslim world.

David Witt


PRAY

 

Monday: Pray for the protection of the Krimo family. Pray for peace and even joy as they walk through this trial.

 

 

Tuesday: Pray for Algerians to speak up for the injustice and oppression of the freedom of speech against Pastor Krimo and the Christian minority.

 

 

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 serve Pastor Krimo and his family with spiritual encouragement and love.

 

 

Friday and this weekend: Pray for Christians in America to increase in prayer for the Siaghi Krimo and those like him.

 

Week Verse:┬áJohn 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

ACTION


  1. Write a love letter of encouragement to Pastor Siaghi Krimo and his wife. Please use the “Leave a Comment” section below. We will make sure these notes of encouragement get to Pastor Krimo. We believe your notes will also be a witness to others.


  2. Donate to Spirit of Martyrdom ministries to help us serve Pastor Krimo’s family and the needs of the Christian minority.

 

5 Comments

  1. Bob Windsor
    August 1, 2011

    Dear Pastor Krimo, Thank you for your faith and boldness in standing for Christ. As a fellow believer, I will continually pray for you and your family. May the Lord bless you with a job and a reversal of the outrageous court’s decision. God bless you and yours, Bob Windsor

  2. Jody McRoberts
    August 2, 2011

    Here is my letter to Pastor Krimo:
    To my dear brother and sister Pastor and Mrs. Krimo and to your lovely child,
    Greetings in the name of Jesus!! Thank you so much for your faithfulness to our Lord. I know that you have faced many difficulties in the last few months. I have been praying for you. My prayer is that you will continue to draw closer to the Lord and to know his GREAT love for you!
    You are doing the right thing. It was right that you offered a Christian CD to your neighbor. The Lord wants us to be bold and courageous in our faith that the lost may hear of his love and grace, repent of their sins, and be saved. We must all continue to preach the gospel to those who need to hear it.
    Even in the hard times, the Lord is with you. My prayer is that you be filled with his love and his peace no matter what difficulties you face. May the Lord continue to provide for your EVERY need according to his riches in glory!
    REJOICE in JESUS!!
    Be BLESSED in HIM!!
    Your sister in Christ,
    Jody McRoberts :>}

  3. Linda Peterson
    August 3, 2011

    Dear Pastor Krimo and family,
    Daily I pray for you.
    I pray for protection for you.
    May the Lord work a mighty work through all of you.
    Your Sis in Jesus Christ,
    Linda Peterson

  4. Jennifer Stanley
    August 5, 2011

    Dear Pastor Siaghi Krimo,
    Blessings of grace and peace to you and your family! You are in my prayers and in my heart as I lift you up to our Heavenly Father. May He grant you His peace that passes understanding and a clear sense of His presence with you as you walk through these turbulent days. I pray that He will grant you strength and courage and protection from the evil one. May the joy of your salvation fill your heart and may our Savior satisfy your hearts with Himself at all times.
    Psalm 29:10b-11 “the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give
    strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”
    How wonderful it is to be a part of the body of Christ, to know you from afar and to have our hearts knit together in love for our Lord! May the riches of Christ be poured out on you dear brother and sister in Christ!
    Jude 24 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.”
    You are loved!
    Jennifer S.

  5. Mark Yoder
    August 6, 2011

    Dear Brother and Sister Krimo,
    We are praying for you. Here are some scriptures to encourage you. Psalms 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Isaiah 40:30-31. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? V.33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. I Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, Because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
    May God give you peace, joy and love.
    Mark Yoder