Churches in Zanzibar have been under assault for decades.
Churches in Zanzibar have been under assault for decades.
Sep. 10, 2020 | Tanzania

Pastor and His Wife in Zanzibar Assaulted

[170] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Pastor Philemon and family.

Vandals attacked the Calvary Mission Church in Mwamboni, Zanzibar on Feb. 24 and Feb. 29, 2020. Before the attack, Pastor Philemon Mafilili, 51, said he had received threats from a local official. This man had told the pastor to “leave as soon as possible, because the Muslim community does not want a church here.” On Feb. 24, a group of radical Muslims came to the church armed with machetes, hammers and a container of gasoline, intending to set the church on fire. Church members who were nearby intervened, but the attackers beat the pastor’s wife before running away. Five days later, they were back. This time they had machetes, axes and knives, and they assaulted the pastor, sending him to the hospital. Pray for Pastor Philemon, his wife and all the Christians in the area.

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  • Lord we lift up the cowards who came to beat up on a woman, & later attacked the Pastor. Would YOu speak to their hearts. Draw them to You away from evil. Minister every kind of healing to my family who were attacked. Speak comfort, strength, healing & forgiveness to them. May fear not come near them or any of the believers. Praying a new day...
    Lisa T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Praying for physical healing for Pastor Philemon & his wife.Provide them, Church building, and congregants a mighty hedge of protection as they return for worship services.May these attacks not deter them from following Christ "This is the way you should go.' A cessation of violence and that the persecutors will come to know Jesus.Amen
    Veronica R - Canada
  • Father God protect those children from all harm, hurt or danger. Touch and condemn those who are coming against them to cause harm. Rebuke them in the name of Jesus and let their hearts turn from their wicked ways. Bless and watchover the Pastor and his family. Heal their bodies and minds with Your peace. Protect them I pray in Jesus name Amen.
    Norma C - USA
  • Father, may the pastor and his wife heal quickly from this in both body and heart. Fill them with joy at their persecution and love for their persecutors. Convict and give no rest to those who have harmed them because of their evil deeds and may they see their great need of You. Bring joy out of this very situation and cause Your Name to be glorified.
    janie b - USA
  • Holy Father, rise up and scatter Your enemies - those who are threatening and hurting Pastor Philemon and his family, especially his wife who was injured in the attack. May the Orthodox priests remember Your command to love their neighbors, and that the violence they are committing goes against the teaching of Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Dear God,

    Thank you for life and your love for us. We pray for Zanzibar and those who are suffering for you. May the Muslim attackers be converted to the kingdom by the love of Christians. We lift up Pastor Philemon, etc. Amen
    Robert M - USA
  • Please Lord please stop this wickedness is Tanzania. Please cause these attackers to come to legal justice and to turn to You in repentance. I pray that You would allow this family to be able to forgive them and to be completely healed and restored. I pray that they would be able to worship freely in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Lord please protect the believers in Zanzibar, give them wisdom and guidance, please convict those who are trying to harm them and bring them to faith.
    conni l - USA
  • Father in heaven we pray for Philemon, his wife, and the other Christians in Mwamboni. May they experience comfort and peace in their suffering. Please give them a bold faith to fearlessly preach the gospel, no matter what the consequences. We pray that their attackers will be convicted of sin and come to faith in Christ. In JESUS name we pray. Amen
    Trevor P - United Kingdom
  • Father may Christians in persecution have courage and faith. May they continue to trust in you, to walk with you. Please provide for them and protect them.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Lord Jesus, we lift up our precious family in Christ in Zanzibar. Lord be their provider and shield. Comfort and strengthen them. Give them wisdom and help them to know how to proceed in being a light and witness to You to their neighbors. May their attackers come to repentance through the work of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus we pray, amen.
    Shirley L - USA
  • Thank you Lord for the Word of God. Please watch over your children in Zanzibar. Cover them in the Blood of Jesus. Oh Lord, our strength and redeemer.
    Crystal L - USA
  • Lord I lift up Pastor Philemon and his family and ask for healing and provision for the medical bills and the work they had done. I pray Lord for their faith to remain strong and for blessings to come to them. Lord I ask for You to hold them close to You and keep them strong and well loved. I pray for the attackers to come to know You and Your love.
    Joy H - USA
  • Lord Jesus, please bring beauty out of the ashes of the suffering of this family. Use them to drive back the darkness that drives men to violence. Provide strength, perseverance, and grace to these who continue to encounter resistance to the Truth. Teach them how to counter hatred with Your unconditional love and reach the hearts of their enemies.
    Terry C - USA
  • Please Lord please end this extremism in Tanzania and please keep Pastor Philemon and the other Christians safe in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    Thank you for the faith of these Christians. I pray that you would allow Pastor Philemon to recover quickly from this assault and that you would put an end to this persecution. Please place your hand of protection on this church & its members, Lord. It is in Your Holy name I pray,
    Marisa M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Philemon, his wife and all the Christians in Mwamboni, Zanzibar: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring radical Muslims to repentance. Give Pastor Philemon & his wife full recoveries. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, I lift up to you Philemon and his wife in this time of unjust persecution and violence. May you sustain them by the power of your Word. Grant them courage and the assurance that you are in control. Be with their congregation that they may move forward for you in this time of persecution and uncertainty. Amen.
    Sandy F-USA
    Jim F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, We thank You that You have called Pastor Philemon and his wife to Your mercies and grace. We praise You for the work of grace that You have done both in their lives and through them to others. We for Pastor Philemon and his wife that You give him and his church wisdom beyond his years and experience, in Jesus' Name, Amen!
    Michael S - USA
  • Blessed Father of Heavens Army, we place Pastor Philemon and his family at the foot of the cross.
    Cause your church to triumph in this dark region.
    Jesus is Lord.
    In Jesus name, Amen.
    Randy S - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. I commit all of this into Your Hands. In Jesus' Powerful Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father I praise thee that your church survived the persecution their. Father I ask that your church will continue to follow I in times of trouble. IJNIPA.
    Josef S - USA
  • Be glorified Most High. We bind oppression, satanic opposition and harassment in Jesus name. We loose abundant provision in work, business and school (Mt. 18:18). We thank you heavenly father for forming bloodline hedges of protection over Calvary Mission Church and Zanzibar. Heal. Bind up their wounds (Ps 34). We declare divine turnaround. Amen.
    Samimah S - USA
  • Holy Father in Jesus name, the balm of Gilead, the great Physician, thank You for healing Pastor Philemon and his wife. Give them a heart to forgive so that their persecutors may repent and be saved. Help them to persevere and not lose heart which has great rewards. Remind them You will not leave nor forsake them. I plead blood of Jesus over them.
    Angela C - USA
    I ask that You heal Pastor Philemon and his wife from the attacks they experienced. Keep there minds stable & secure. Watch over the other Christians in the vincinity. Cover them all in Jesus blood. Remove any fear and give them all Your peace & assurance that You are with them all always. Be there Mighty Refuge day & night. In Jesus Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Dear Lord, I lift up Pastor Philemon and his wife and other Christians who have been attacked by these vandals and radical Muslims. Help them to persevere and not be shaken by these attacks and forgive and pray for their persecutors. Protect and heal those who were attacked and meet all their needs. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father: Bring healing to Pastor Philemon and his family and protect them from further attacks. Work in the hearts of those who are perpetrating such evil acts and break their hearts over their sin. Give the Pastor and his family a loving heart that will draw others to the Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • Lord I pray for pastor Philemon and wife. Heal the wounds received. Strength them in their faith. Protect them from more attacks. Listen to their prayers. Put your angel around and defend them. Continue using them for your glory preaching the gospel and winning souls for the kingdom of heaven despite the persecution. Amen.
    Cristian G - Colombia
  • Lord we cry to you on the persecution and pain that has been afflicted on Pastor Philemon and his wife. We cannot imagine how the fear of these attackers will spread throughout the church. Let the church arise to care for the couple and the church itself. Let their love be poured out in abundance on them. Hold the people steady in their faith.
    Tan-Yeo L - Singapore
  • Praying for Pastor Philemon and his family, as well as their church and the believers in Zanzibar. They are facing great persecution and need your protection and guidance.
    Clarice M - USA
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