Pastor Pierre chose to stay in Sirgadji out of love for his congregation.  (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Pastor Pierre chose to stay in Sirgadji out of love for his congregation. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)
May. 23, 2019 | Burkina Faso

Six Church Members Executed

[295] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Families of Executed Church Members.

Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo of Sirgadji was talking with church members after Sunday service on April 28, 2019, when 12 armed men on motorcycles approached and ordered the Christians to gather under a tree. After confiscating Bibles and cellphones, the men demanded that the Christians convert to Islam. When the believers refused, the men took them behind the church building one at a time and shot them to death. They then set fire to the pulpit before leaving. Pastor Pierre, his son Wend-Kuni Ouedraogo, his son-in-law Zoeyandé Sawadogo, and church members Sayouba Sawadogo, Arouna Sawadogo and Elie Boena all were killed. Shortly before the attack, Pastor Pierre had told people that he felt danger was imminent, but that he would rather die for the Lord than leave the village where he had served for 40 years. Pray for the families of those killed as well as for the church and the community.

Write your own prayer for Families of Executed Church Members

  • Father God, Bless these believers' wives and families through this trauma and loss. Be ever prsent with them and let them feel you in a tangible way. Thank you for this pastor's 40 years of service. Steal this victory from the enemy by using this to draw thousands to you. Provide their families with all their earthly needs and strengthen this church.
    Cathleen W - USA
  • Father, even though Pastor Pierre was willing to die for the faith that was once delivered to the saints, his death leaves a grievous void for his family and congregation. I pray that You will directly intervene in the lives of all who lost loved ones during this viscious attack. By Your Spirit, tenderly comfort and console each person as they mourn.
    Patrick V - USA
  • We love you Lord. We grieve for the people who have faced such loss. Embrace them with your comfort and strength. Provide wisdom and healing for the families and the church. Convict the murderers of their wrongdoing and bring them to justice. Let the people see the contrast between hate and the love and peace that comes from Jesus. Use this for glory.
    Liane F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, We thank You for the testimony of Your saints in Sirgadji & received them joyfully into Your presence as those who did not deny Your name.They chose You as their Lord & life. We plead on behalf of those left behind to mourn their loss-You understand Lord Jesus! Move powerfully among them to comfort & use even this to save more souls.
    Pamela S - USA
  • Father give your eternal comfort and good hope to the families and church of these believers. Let them not mourn as do those who have no hope, but let them know Christ will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise and then we will be caught up together with them in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. Comfort them with these words.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Dear Lord, We lift up the families of these precious martyrs Lord. Comfort them and strengthen them. May they know your love, peace and promises moment by moment. We love them Lord, and you love them so very very much more than we ever can. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • comfort your people, Lord provide for the widows and orphans...let their light shine brightly so others will see and come into your kingdom
    michele r - USA
  • Thank you for the faithfulness of these great believers, who were murdered for their faith. They would not back down, and would not give you up, even at the cost of their very lives. They are receiving their eternal reward, which will last forever and which no one can take from them. They will shine like the stars in the universe. They rule with you.
    Mark M - USA
  • Father please have mercy on these family. May they know your special comfort and provision. May they not be afraid to carry on worshiping you and proclaiming the gospel.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Jesus, please bring Your inexplicable comfort to the families of Pastor Pierre, his son Wend-Kuni Ouedraogo, his son-in-law Zoeyandé Sawadogo, and church members Sayouba Sawadogo, Arouna Sawadogo and Elie Boena. Thank you for the faithful witness of these men. Bring shame and repentance on their murderers and then draw them into Your salvation.
    Elizabeth M - USA
  • lord, I pray for the families of these slain churchmen as they grieve. Praying they find peace and send those who would help them.Provide for their needs and help them day to day to deal with this horrible event in their lives. I pray for justice.But I also pray for those who did this horrible thing for their salvation from the witness of the martyred
    margaret m - USA
  • Oh Lord, I pray comfort, strength, and peace over this whole community of believers. Let those who lost loved ones know Your joy, and let them find comfort in knowing that their loved ones are now with You. I pray that those who participated in this attack will come to some form of justice, and that their hearts will be convicted of what they have done
    Chloe G - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for the great faith of Sirgadji and that in death he is alive with you! We pray for the families of the executed that they will remain faithful knowing their loved ones are alive like Jesus! We pray for their faith to remain renewed every morning! Bless them as they live to witness to others for you in Jesus name amen.
    Connie V - USA
  • Father, I pray a hedge of protection around this church and strength, comfort and encouragement to those who mourn the passing of these precious Saints . I ask that all the needs of their families be met . And I pray that this church will continue to share the Gospel with this generation and future generations until Christ returns. In Jesus name .
    Ann S - USA
  • Lord, we know that these martyrs are with you for all eternity and will be rewarded for their faithfulness. But their families are grieving and we know you care tenderly for them. Please help them to experience your presence. Provide for their needs and comfort them when they feel lonely. May they not give in to despair, but may they trust you fully.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for the families of the 6 executed Christians & the area believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Comfort the bereaved families. Heal all from trauma. Help the larger community. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for the families of the executed believers & the Church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & grow in maturity. Comfort the bereaved families. Fully heal all from trauma. May they serve the community. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear great and Holy Father, I am now interceding with praise and gratitude for the great witness of this church for Christ, and humbly ask that you comfort those that remain with a tremendous filling of thy Holy Spirit, that all will know that You are the LORD. Amen
    Paul P - USA
  • I pray to you my Lord and Savior to please comfort the families of those who were killed and to please help the other churches and communities . To protect them and to give them strength and courage and to keep their faith strong in these troubled times. To Bless them I pray in your Holy name my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
    Lisa C - USA
  • O'LORD OUR GOD JESUS CHRIST be with the families be with your people .O'LORD pour out your HOLY SPIRIT on all the land in every heart in every life . may there be such a mighty move of YOUR HOLY SPIRIT POWER that many many lives be changed BORN AGAIN WASHED IN YOUR BLOOD MAY MANY SOULS BE ADDED TO YOUR KINGDOM O LORD IN JESUS HOLY MIGHTY NAME AMEN AMEN
    scattered sheep s - USA
  • Dear Father Your children have died for their faith in You. O Lord comfort the families and church members and may they be consoled by the blessed hope that they will meet in heaven. Forgive the killers Lord and may they find Jesus while there is still time. O come Lord Jesus. I pray in Jesus Name. Amen
    Zanele E M - South Africa
  • Holy Father, thank you for my brothers and sisters faith and love. Fulfill every good deed and act of faith. Glorify yourself in them and they in you according to your grace as Paul prays in 2 Thess. 1. Comfort them in their momentary loss.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Father, thank You for our brother Pierre and his faithfulness unto death. Please comfort both his family and the families of the others who stood firm under fire. Jesus, bless this congregation with increased faith, power, and anointing as the blood of these martyrs becomes the seed of greater things. Encourage them with Your Word and Your Presence.
    Gina A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for the families of the executed believers & the larger Church: Protect, provide for comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Comfort the bereaved families. May all recover fully from trauma, & serve the community.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Oh, God, I pray for the families of those whose lives were taken because of Your Holy Name; and we pray for consolation knowing their loved ones are now safe with our Lord and Savior. Sooth their hearts and let them continue to be faithful to His name. Cover the pain with Your love; and may God be glorified.
    Meg K. P - USA
  • Father, I lift up the the families and the church members of the six people who were killed. May they feel your presence and peace in a very powerful way. Keep them strong in their faith. Help them to forgive and show your love to the men who did this. I pray that these men will repent and turn to you for their salvation. Amen.
    Wendy C - USA
  • Dear God & father, I pray for the families of the executed believers & the Church in general: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Comfort the bereaved families. Heal all from trauma. May they lead others to Christ.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Thank you Lord that these 6 believers were faithful to You until the end. We pray the church will grow, what the Devil meant for harm, God will turn into good. May You comfort the families, and help them to grow in You as well, realizing this life is a vapor, and eternity is forever. Pour out Your love and healing on this community and church.
    Anne W - USA
  • God our Father, the African people pay a heavy price for to be a witness and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. God please take care of the families of the martyrs. comfort them. bring healing and unity among the survivors. Deal with the murderers who do not know Your Son Jesus. convict their heart, do not let them rest until they listen to your rebuke
    BENEDICTA N - USA
  • Father, we pray for the families, congregation and community of those killed for their witness and faithfulness to You. We pray that through their testimony, many will be drawn to Jesus, including those who killed them. We pray for another shepherd for this church who will continue Pastor Pierre's work. We pray in Jesus' holy Name, Amen.
    Julie M - USA
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