Tanzania has a large Christian population, but evangelists in Muslim majority areas face intense persecution.
Tanzania has a large Christian population, but evangelists in Muslim majority areas face intense persecution.
Feb. 01, 2018 | Tanzania

Pray for Pastor John, Whose Church Was Burned

[269] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pastor John.

Pastor John serves with his family in an area of Tanzania that is almost entirely Muslim. When his denomination sent him to the area, there were no members in the church. Over time, however, John built the church up by knocking on doors and sharing the gospel. Then, during an all-night prayer meeting, a group of men came and set the church on fire, burning the simple thatch church to the ground. Although police investigated the fire, no charges were ever filed. “Many members of the church wept,” Pastor John said, “but I reminded them that the Scripture says suffering is not something we can run from.” The church members continued to worship in the place where their church had stood until they were able to build a new shelter. Please pray for this pastor and this faithful church. Pray that the testimony of their lives will bear more fruit for God’s glory.

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  • Our Father, thank You for stopping and healing Pastor John. You have Your loyal friends everywhere in Tanzania. Let there be unity among Your people and let them love our neighbours as You first loved us. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Help Pastor John remain strong and bring millions to faith through him.
    Mark M - USA
  • Let the Lord bless Pastor John and watch guard and keep him. Let the Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten Pastor John and be gracious. Let the Lord lift up His countenance upon Pastor John and give him peace. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Thank You, Father, for remember Pastor John. Thank You for working on his benefit. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord, thank you for these peoples faith and determination. Strenghten them even more. Fill so full of your spirit that nothing else matters but you. Provide, protect. May we all be ready to suffer for your sake as these. Bring salvation to Tanzania through this trial. Your word is unstoppable, you are good, satan is crushed, the muslim sprit dead.
    kathy C - USA
  • Father let these believers work out their salvation with fear and trembling; for it is you who works in them, both to will and to work for Your good pleasure. Let them do all things without grumbling or disputing; proving themselves to be blameless and innocent, Your children above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Father I praise because of the faith of these Christians. May they grow to become more powerful in the Lord and overcome in all circumstances. May the light of Christ shine through them to the nation. May they stand to reach more soul for Jesus Christ. May their opponents come to see light and receive Jesus to be their Lord and Savior in Jesus Name.
    Sipho S - South Africa
  • Heavenly Father bless this faithful congregation and Pastor John. May their testimony point many towards the cross. I pray they are filled with the Holy Spirit and are able to stand against the evil around them. May they stand on the rock that is Jesus. Amen.
    Ingrid V - USA
  • Father let these believers be of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Doing nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regarding one another as more important than themselves. Having the same attitude which was in Christ. Let them rejoice in the Lord always.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for this precious pastor and thank you for his courage and witness. Provide for him. Comfort him and his people. May their witness bring many to know and love the name of Jesus!
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father please protect Pastor John and his Church from evil and harm. Let them rebuild their Church and grow stronger in Faith and love for you. Show your Muslim children that they have nothing to fear and all to gain in following you their Lord and Savior. Bring them to you in Tanzania by the millions and turn away from their false religion. Amen.
    Laurie T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, may Pastor John, his family, & the body of Christ in Tanzania shine forth as lights, reflecting our Savior, Jesus Christ, in the surrounding darkness. Please keep their lamp burning; thank You that "my God turns my darkness into light." Thank You that "even in darkness light dawns for the upright." Grace & peace to them & to You glory!
    Carol S - USA
  • Father I pray that You keep this church faithful and encouraged. Give Pastor John wisdom as he leads his flock. Provide a new building for them. Use this church to love their community and to lead others to faith. Amen
    Lauren T - USA
  • .Jesus please give Pastor John and his congregation to fortitude of love to turn the other cheek and give their cloak to those who burned their church. Allow love and streams of living water to flow from this flock into the community to witness about Christ Jesus's precious promise of eternal life for all that believe. Amen
    william j - USA
  • Holy Father, thank you for the blessing of Pastor John and his willingness to teach Jesus in an area that is in darkness and in need of Your salvation. Continue to fill him with Your Spirit and may his life, and those he has discipled, be a witness to You and bring You glory.In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Lord, we ask that you turn the mourning of these brothers and sisters into dancing! Thank you for allowing them to rebuild, but we know the fear remains. Please shatter that fear and turn their eyes toward you in greater measure. May they see your eternal purpose with clear eyes and spend their lives joyfully in your service.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Father let this Church rejoice and be glad, for their reward in heaven is great; for in the same
    way unbelievers persecuted the prophets who were before them. Let them rejoice in their sufferings for your sake, as in their flesh they do their share on behalf of Christ's body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Dear Lord, We praise you for the faith of Pastor John and our brothers and sisters in their church. Please bring many miracles from this persecution Lord. Bless those who burned the church with dreams and visions of you please Lord. Bring them to salvation. May the church grow & grow not just in numbers but in strength, faith and powerful witness. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Father, I pray for this congregation. Help them feel your comforting arms during this time. May they know you have not left them and still have your eye upon them. I pray for the ones who did this that they find no peace till they surrender to you. Speak to the hearts of all they witness you through this people. Help the pastor remain a strong leader.
    polly c - USA
  • Father, strengthen Pastor John and his church. May their testimony of their lives near more fruit for your glory.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Father of good and lover of concord, open the floodgates of heaven flood this church with Your blessing to rise and flourish again! In the name of Jesus Christ! Amen!!
    Cherechi E - Nigeria
  • Father, thank You for the believers in Tanzania. And thank You for Pastor John. Please strengthen him and the congregation I pray that they would be faithful followers and know that You are good. Please bless them with everything that they need and may the church in Tanzania grow, In the Name of Yeshua. Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Dear Pastor John, praise the Lord for your faithfulness and humility to stand strong, despite the burning of your church. May Jesus continue to strengthen and bless you during this trying time. Your brother in Christ, Jeff Franklin
    Jeff F - USA
  • Bless your people Lord, and give them Holy Ghost power to fight these strongholds that try to come against them, in Jesus Mighty name Amen
    Shirley W - USA
  • I thank you Father for Pastor John & his family, bless them. I pray for their protection and ask Holy Spirit to draw all to Jesus as these faithful members keep knocking on doors and sharing the love of Jesus. I pray that evil will be blinded, drawn to Jesus by your mighty power in Jesus Name
    Debby S - USA
  • Heavenly Father we come before you clothed in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ and we stand with Pastor John and the Christian community as they take authority over the forces of darkness in their area. As God protected Daniel and made him triumph over his enemies, these workers have all Your power and authority. Praise God.
    julia i - USA
  • Dear Lord
    I pray for Pastor John and his congregation after the loss of their church. May their faith stand strong in this hard time. May they only grow closer to You. Give them courage and boldness to share Your love. May the village be 'on fire' for You. Bless and comfort them all.
    In Your name I pray, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father in heaven, shower grace upon Pastor John and his congregation, that they may be a lighthouse that draws others in.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Psalm 91 protection, favor another church for pastor jhon
    timothy y - USA
  • Thank you, God for the faithfulness of your true worshippers. Encourage our brothers and sisters at Pastor John's Church and strengthen their faith through this trial. Thank you that no one was hurt and that through this Muslim men and women will give their lives to Jesus.
    Barbara Jean R - USA
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