Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo of Sirgadji was among six church members who were executed by militants in April 2019. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo of Sirgadji was among six church members who were executed by militants in April 2019. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Dec. 19, 2019 | Burkina Faso

Fourteen Killed in Church Attack

[205] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Families Involved in Church Attack.

At least fourteen people were killed after gunmen opened fire inside a church on Sunday, Dec. 1. Many others were injured in the church in Hantoukoura in far eastern Burkina Faso. Thousands of Christians have been displaced because of attacks in the last two years throughout the country, and between 4,000-5,000 Christians have relocated to the capital city from around Burkina Faso. “The church is wondering what the future holds, and how long they will need to provide help to their fellow believers,” the VOM field leader for West Africa said. Pray for the church in Burkina Faso to know how to best support one another and to prepare their congregations to face persecution for their faith. Pray that they will not operate under fear.

Write your own prayer for Families Involved in Church Attack

  • Dear God,May those who died rest in peace.Please comfort their families.Please heal the injured and comfort all these people in their trauma.Please give these people the strength they need to carry on. May you be close to them.May you give them wisdom so they can support each other well in persecution. May fear+hate not win.Thank you.In Jesus' nameAmen
    Rae M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please bless the souls of the 14 Christians who were killed by a gunman in Burkina Faso in December. Bless their families with Your comforting presence. I ask for this in Jesus' Name, amen.
    Barbara B - USA
  • Help these families and keep them strong in faith.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Dear Lord, Please rise up believers from all over the world, to pray and support our Sisters and Brothers throughout Africa, where believing in Christ is a crime and punishment even to death. Strengthen my brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso in you. Give them a peace that is beyond all understanding and protect them and their families. Amen
    Lauri R - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I do pray that Your peace would guide and direct the Christians in Burkina Faso. Help them to know how to respond, and may this cause them to only proclaim You more to those around them. I pray that they would know Your protection and that they would be a strong source of support to one another.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord thank you for the faithful Christians that were willing to give their lives for you. Send the Holy Spirit to open eyes and soften hearts of these people that they may come to salvation. Give the congregations encouragement to stay strong in their faith and not fear. Let them feel Your Love and peace in their hearts. Provide for their needs.
    Angie E - USA
  • Dear father bring strength and deliverance to theses Christian's and make a way for them to flee to a safe haven until you come back ,bring Justice to theses Christian's also release the same power in them from the holy spirit and bring love to all persecutors
    Sherry S - USA
  • Lord, please help them to know what to do in these situations. Please give them wisdom as to whether to stay or go. No matter what they choose, may they find strength in You and Your Word and Your Presence. Draw close to them, O God. Please appear in dreams to their persecutors and draw out many Pauls. O God, send Your angels to fight over them!
    Amy G - USA
  • Heavenly Father protect and provide for the families in the attack. Holy Spirit show them how to best support one another and to prepare for their church to face persecution for their faith. We pray for boldness and courage for their faith. We ask for healing and the peace of God for the families who have lost loved ones. In Jesus Name.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Father, strengthen and sustain our brothers and sisters in-Christ in Burkina Faso. By Your Holy Spirit and though Your Word, prepare each believer to endure suffering and presecution and to live triumphantly in Christ Jesus. When fear and uncertainty seek to overcome their faith and trust in You, may they rise up in victory and proclaim Jesus is Lord.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. You have overcome their fear. Their sound mind is stayed upon You. Your Strength & Your Courage fills them up. They are overflowing. You have supplied abundantly the needs of the bereaved & the struck down. You have given them all wisdom & how to care for each other. In Jesus' Mighty Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father God let those who are behind these attacks see your grace upon your church. Give the persecuted church in Burkina Faso strength and courage to look forward to a better future. Give them the courage to realise that these attacks are actually directed to the one who sent them and that is Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear Lord in heaven, please send Your wisdom and faith to these believers. We know You will provide for their needs. Their faith in the face of persecution is an example to everyone else. May they be reminded of 1 Peter 4:14--"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you."
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for the believers in Burkina Faso and their willingness to follow You despite intense persecution. I pray for the families of those who've lost loved ones and those who are so generously helping their Christian brothers and sisters. Please strengthen them in their faith and give them wisdom in supporting one another.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father, I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso that you would be with them and give them strength. I pray they would feel your presence so they are not afraid. I pray you would give them wisdom and direction and strategy of how not just to survive in their country but to thrive as the body of Christ. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Father, please give the church members trust and faith in You, help them to know what to do, and how to support each other, help them not to get weary in well doing. In Jesus name.
    Jasmene R - USA
  • Lord God, Your people in Burkino Faso are being ravaged by their enemies - by those who hate You. Make them strong to withstand these attacks without losing their trust in You. Give wisdom to church leaders in the capital city to know how to best assist those who have fled to them for help. Drive out the spirit of fear that is threatening Your Church
    Toni D - USA
  • Holy Father, bless those who are being persecuted, and those who are caring for the persecuted, to come together in love and unity so that they will be a witness to those in darkness and in need of a Savior. Change the hearts of those who are persecuting Your children so that they can return to their homes. Comfort them with Your comfort.In Jesus' name
    Eli S - USA
  • Oh Lord I do pray that they don't operate under fear but under courage. Give them the strength and boldness to continue serving You and preaching Your Word. Give them comfort in knowing that their reward in heaven is greater than this suffering. Grant them to forgive those who persecute them, and may those who committed these crimes come to know You.
    Carina A - USA
  • Father God, please comfort the grieving. We know that false religions can only kill and destroy. Help the ungodly know their acts come from Satan, the great liar. Open their eyes to the truth that JESUS alone is Lord and Savior for all people. His willingness to die for sins shows His great love and His resurrection from the dead proves He is GOD!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father, I pray for those in Burkina Faso. Please keep them strong in the hope and peace of the Lord, not given to fear. Provide for the displaced and encourage them all, Lord. Show the global church how to help.
    emily g - USA
  • Father may the church in Burkina Faso draw even more closely to you through this time of persecution. May they be assured of your provision and protection and know your peace.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Heavenly Father, I pray for all the families that were harmed during this attack. When the enemy tries to discourage them, I pray a supernatural faith would arise in their souls. Help them to band together and provide for one another. Give them hope! Reveal yourself to them day by day. May they never feel alone.
    sandra s - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Burkina Faso: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in supporting each other. Open the hearts of those around them to You. Bring peace! In Jesus; Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Burkina Faso: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in supporting each other. Open the hearts of many around them to You. May changed hearts bring peace. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, You are always all we need. Strengthen these in their faith and protect them, in Jesus' name, amen.
    Martha W - USA
  • Father God thank you that you have your church in this place for such a time as this. Strengthen your church as they grieve, calm their spirit and show them how to work together. Grant them peace and willing spirit to do the work you have prepared them to do. In Jesus name, amen.
    Cheryl S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Burkina Faso: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in supporting one another. Bring their persecutors to repentance. May fear not hinder the Church. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord I pray that Your provision and Your hope would come through for those involved in the attack. I pray for the families to be there for one another and for a hope stronger than the bonds of anything else. I pray Lord for hope to be alive despite what the state of things now are.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    We pray for Your grace and comfort to rain down on those affected by the shooting. Take away their fear, let them keep their eyes on You alone. Guide them in how to respond to the persecution that comes. Provide for their needs and build their faith. Be with each and every believer there.
    In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
    Madison F - USA
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