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

[307] prayers in [17] 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

  • Lord, so many of your people are persecuted and killed. Please bless your people with strong faith, courage to face the dangers, and wisdom to speak your truth. Comfort the families of those who have already gone home. Spare the green and take the ripe, Lord. In Jesus's name. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Dear God,May Your Spirit intercede.Please comfort the family members of executed churchgoers with godly providence.Please restore hope to these areas and heal them after the trauma.Please give them strength and grace.And please help the attackers as well.Please strengthen the community and pour out Your Spirit.Thank You.In Jesus' name,Amen
    Rae M - USA
  • Please Lord, please give these precious families peace that surpasses all understanding. Please provide for them and bring the attackers to legal justice and I pray that they would repent and turn to You in the MIghty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Lord, You are sovereign, help those who remain to live for you, dispite the pain of loss, the fear of percecution, the sufferings for you. Jesus, thank you for saving souls, that these people are with you, that your word and work cannot be snuffed out. Convict and bring salvations over this trial. Help your church so effected by this trial.
    kathy C - USA
  • Father, how the hearts of these believers must be broken. I pray you help them to keep their faith in you. I pray they feel your arms of comfort and love around them. Remind them that their family is with you and rejoicing. Please, give them wisdom and boldness in dealing with those who oppose them. I pray you deal with their hearts. Help them forgive.
    Polly C - USA
  • O lord, we are humbled and blessed by the courage of Pastor Pierre who counted his life as nothing for the glory of God and finishing the assignment You had given him. Grant forgiveness and peach to the village of Siragadji in their great loss. Deliver the Church from fear and the desire for revenge. Raise up new men of God to shepherd this flock.
    Toni D - USA
  • Lord, would you grant believers in the US the same courage and faithfulness these brothers in Christ had who laid down their lives for You? Please help their families. Please restore their place of worship. Give them another pastor. Encourage those who remain. Forgive the enemies who did this terrible act.Turn them to faith in You. May You be glorified
    Lois B - USA
  • Oh Father, the families of those killed in Sirgadji still struggle with the loss of their loved ones and we ask that in powerful and tangible ways they are receiving love and support from fellow believers and from ministries outside Burkina Faso so that they know they are not forgotten and their sacrifices for the Kingdom are seen and felt by the Body.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord, I pray that The Comforter that you sent to us accompanies the family members of these martyrs on every step they take. I pray the same for the believers in this community. Allow them to fellowship and be all in one accord for your sake. Remove any spirit of fear and discouragement from their lives. In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
    Joana P - Puerto Rico
  • Our Father, we know the name of our enemy. Please protect the people of Burkina Faso from the evil one. Please comfort all families of executed Church Members. It is a hard task to deal with men of Isil with guns and hate. Because darkness can be beat with light I am asking You to help us in Burkina Faso. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Maria D - Finland
  • Lord Jesus, I thank You that these Your believers were faithful. I know these believers are afraid, Lord, but these men did not die for nothing. You have a plan, Lord! You are in control, Lord! I ask that you convict the hearts of the killers and bring them to salvation in Jesus name. These believers love You, Lord. Rescue, give wisdom, uplift them.
    Patricia W - USA
  • Help us who do not have loved ones killed for their faith, to somehow try to understand what it takes to follow you under such circumstances. Grant those who suffer more of your grace, which is sufficient in all things. Bring peace to their souls; and, lead millions to faith in Jesus through them.
    mark m - USA
  • 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
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