The evangelical families faced years of harassment before their homes were burned down.
The evangelical families faced years of harassment before their homes were burned down.
Sep. 10, 2020 | Ethiopia

Priests Provoke, Then Attack Evangelicals

[198] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Shango and his friends.

When five families came to faith in a small village, they became at odds with the rest of their community. Shango became a believer in 2002. Through his faithful witness, he led four other families to faith in Jesus, and they worshipped at his house. In that area, evangelical Christianity is regarded as anti-Ethiopian Orthodox, and the evangelical believers were discriminated against in community life and frequently had their livestock stolen. Recently, Orthodox priests asked the believers to participate in a feast in the name of a dead person, knowing evangelical believers do not participate in such ceremonies. When they declined, the priests levied heavy fines. When the believers appealed to the government, the government fined the priests for acting illegally. In outrage, the priests incited their followers to burn down the homes and businesses of the evangelicals. On June 6, five families lost their homes and provisions. A local church planter was threatened with death if he did not leave the area. Pray the faithful actions of the evangelical believers will be seen by their neighbors and will give testimony to their persecutors.

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  • May these faithful servants lift Jesus Name up to the village. Yes, exalt Jesus in all corners of this village. May they be unable to resist HIS love & mercy. May they hunger & thirst after God's Word. Strengthen Shango & these believers to great works according to your desires, O Lord. Provide for these saints. Thank you for intervening for them.
    SM D - USA
  • Father God, I ask that you tear down the religious and oppressive walls of the deceived and bring them to TRUE faith in Jesus Christ for unity in Him. Please show them their sin and false religion. Lead them to the gospel of John, chapters 8 & 9, and Matthew 23. Help the true believers and sustain them by Your powerful word in Ethiopia.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Help Shango and his friends with their sufferings and keep up the good works.
    Debbie V - USA
  • All things get better with You Lord. Paul declared that the present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the coming joy that is in Christ. This joy You promised us is surely coming and I pray that You will remind Your children of this as it seems that they have been forsaken. Remind them that you are Emmanuel and Jehovah-Jireh to them. In Jesus
    Miranda J - USA
  • Lord Jesus, please enable Shango and his friends to live a life that testifies boldly of Your grace and truth. May they know how to respond to these attacks, and may they demonstrate love and forgiveness even to their enemies. Please unite the believers together and help their neighbors to see the truth of who You are through them.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear Lord, please strengthen the faith of these believers. Help them to know that they serve as examples to those of us who have never experienced this type of threat to our lives and faith. Keep them safe and give them wisdom to handle each situation. Soften the hearts of those that seek to harm them, so that they, too may believe.
    Betty A - USA
  • Abba Father, I entrust the lives of Shango and his friends to you. May your name be a strong tower to them where they can run to and be safe. May they have clarity of purpose and faithful devotion to you thru the enpowering of your Holy Spirit. With my prayer for them goes my gratitude and thanksgiving to you that I can exercise my faith freely .
    Yvonne G - Philippines
  • Heavenly Father, I pray that you will give to these beautiful brethren the strength to continue, to stay in the faith and not be afraid, that you will give them also your peace and joy in serving Him who gave His life for them. I pray that you will give them much courage to face this persecution that they are going through. In Jesus's name I pray, Amen
    Sandra H - Canada
  • Lord for years the Evanglical Christians in Ethiopia have been persecuted. They have given up their lives, as they had known them, and all material posssions for the Gospl. Please lead them and guide them into what they Ned to do next. Help them to be blessed while blessing others. Clarify Your purpose for their lives so that they may honor You!
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, we pray for Shango and the families being persecuted. We ask that you sustain them through the trials they are experiencing and that their trust in you will bring joy to their hearts as they remain faithful in suffering. We pray that the community will witness this inexplicable joy and through that witness will come to faith in Jesus your Son.
    Trevor P - United Kingdom
  • oh father, it must break your heart to see your children fighting in this way. please bring peace between the orthodox and evangelical believers. may their unity glorify you and make your name great among the Ethiopian people that many may come to worship you as the one true God and your son Jesus as their Savior. In Jesus name, amen
    Alex A - USA
  • God, I pray first for the Orthodox priests and their followers. I ask they would repent of their attacks on Your children, and that they would become true believers in Jesus Christ. I pray for Shango and the others, asking You would continue to strengthen and encourage them, and that You would continue to supply all their needs.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Thank You Lord that these believers stood up for their faith and refused to compromise and sin against You. I pray that their neighbors may be impressed by their testimony, accept the true gospel, and come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Protect Your people and enable them to do the work of spreading the good news.
    margaret m - USA
  • Father, I pray for your children in Ethiopia. Guide them in the decisions they face concerning their faith. Give them wisdom and boldness. Help them to forgive and not hold bitterness. I pray for those who persecute these believers, open their eyes. Lord, move on the behalf of your children here. Help them to keep their focus on the eternal.
    polly c - USA
  • For all those persecuted for the lords work and to all our brothers and sisters in the lord i pray when you all pass away you may R I P this to me dose not only mean rest in peace but intended to mean by prayer risen in peace at the time of the resurrection of the dead to live forever this time this is my prayer for all those in JESUS love your all
    Themis K - Australia
  • Holy Father, please protect and lift up these faithful Christians to be a light in the darkness! Use their faith to open the hearts of the villagers to the Holy Spirit! God bless! In Jesus' name!
    Diane K - USA
  • Lord, please turn the tables on behalf of Your children. May Your truth & true faith of these believers shine like the sun in comparison to the false, misguided "faith" exhibited by these priests and their followers. May the Christians' true faith spark a revival in their community & may opposition melt away by their enemies being at peace with them.
    Beatrice W - USA
  • Lord Your Word declares that we over come by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Permit these believers to bear witness to their neighbors by the actions they perform while their testimony well actively be revealed to observing persecutors. In Jesus amen.
    anthony c - USA
  • Lord send your Holy Spirit to Shango and the other evangelicals to give them hope, peace, strength, courage, wisdom and love. Send people to help them with their physical needs as well as their mental and spiritual needs. Let them know they are not alone. Keep them strong in their faith through it all and use them to bring many to salvation
    Angie E - USA
  • Father, you see the persecution that these Christians in Ethiopia are dealing with and I know that there are many of your people throughout the country also facing severe struggles. Please move mightily on their behalf and give them much strength, hope and encouragement. And give them peace that will be a testimony to those who persecute them.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Lord, this is so very hard. Help these priests to stop persecuting the believers. O God, please open their hearts to hearing the Gospel proclaimed in grace and freedom. Please give the believers wisdom as to how to deal with this all. May this church be found on its knees and in Your Word, O God. Please help them find a place to live. Provide
    Amy G - USA
  • Dear Lord, May the faithful action of the evangelical believers be seen by everyone and convert their persecutors. Thank you!
    Robert M - USA
  • Dear Lord strengthen Shango and the other believers in this village. May they continue to love and forgive as a witness to their persecutors. May a way be provided for them to have shelter, food and income despite the opposition. Amen.
    Fabiana C - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for Shango and all the believers there. Give them wisdom and strength as they continue to face persecution. Provide for them in the loss of their homes and goods. Your power is stronger than all evil. Through You they will be triumphant! Protect them from those who would do them harm. Fill them with Your grace, love, peace and joy.
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers throughout Ethiopia: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. May their faithful actions become seen and speak to their persecutors, drawing them to Jesus. Bring peace to the area. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord God, I pray for these faithful believers that you would use them to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the area where they live. Draw many in Ethiopia to faith in Jesus and glorify the name of Jesus. Draw many into your kingdom. Please protect the churches and families there and help them to love those who persecute them for your name's
    Julia F - USA
  • Oh, Father, please send help from above to these precious brothers and sisters in Christ. Lord God, please provide for them. Please strengthen their faith. May their persecutors as well as their neighbors witness their strong faith and love for Christ. Please intercede for them. Please help them. Please fill them with Your Holy Spirit to give them joy.
    Jane C - USA
  • Lord I ask that you intervene on these believers behalf. Show a wave of your mighty hand! Lord, your will be done. I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen!!!
    Jackie S - USA
  • Keep Shango and this fellowship of believers steadfast in allegiance to Christ, in obedience to Your Word & to loving others & blessing their enemies thru Christ. God You are able to do the impossible. Please keep this little church determined to face whatever You bring their way with humble dependence on You. Please God provide their every need.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Lord God, where hatred exists, Love prevails. Give these believers supernatural love for those persecute them. Restore to these believers tenfold so demonstrate Your glory unto these priests that they can do nothing but confess Christ and humbly submit themselves to His Lordship. Let revival occur in Ethiopia. Amen.
    Joan B - USA
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