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

[160] 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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  • Father, we want to lift up our dear friends and would You speak courage, peace, & grace to them. TY for covering them with the shadow of Your wing & hiding them in Christ. May their faith go to deeper levels as they remember Daddy's got it all under control. May those turning to You be as wildfires in the wing in Jesus' Name. Seal them all inYWord
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father God bless Shango and his friend with Your peace and comfort. Watchover them and allow no weapon formed against them to prosper and every tongue that rises against them in judgement be condemned. Let them not grow weary in doing good for the harvest is near. Let them see the hand of God in the land of the living in Jesus Name Amen.
    Norma C - USA
  • Father, bless these five families in such a way that their persecutors will see and know only You have done it. May they be convicted of their wickedness to those who were at peace with them. Encourage the hearts of these families and may they be even more resolute in their commitment to You. Glorify Your Name in this. In Jesus' Name.
    janie b - USA
  • Father help your people in Ethiopia to love their enemies, to forgive their persecutors, and to bear much fruit.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, we pray for our precious family in Christ in Ethiopia. We pray that you would protect them and provide for their every need. May they find comfort and strength in You and be a light to those around them of Your power to transform lives and give hope, joy and courage in all circumstances. Bless them with riches in Christ Jesus.
    Shirley L - USA
  • Dear God
    We pray for the evangelical in Ethiopia. Let the word of God manifest and help those that are lost and unbelieving Lord. In the name of Jesus.
    Crystal L - USA
  • Lord I grieve with the atrocity of those whose homes and livelihoods were lost and damage. I ask for them to be given homes and things back and I ask for joy in Christ for them. I ask for Your Spirit to pour out and show them Your love in grand and wonderful ways. I pray for the healing balm of the Gospel to wash over them.
    Joy H - USA
  • Abba! I thank You that Your son, Christ Jesus, is leading Shango and his brethren's hearts into the full knowledge and expression of the love of God and the patience endurance which comes from Christ. That will not cease praying for those who persecute and abuse them, so that they will indeed receive Your salvation through Jesus. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Lord Jesus, bless Shango for his faithful witness. Provide for the needs of these, Your persecuted ones. Encourage them in their suffering to lean hard into Your great grace and mercy, as they experience devastating events. Be their refuge! Show them how You will help them to overcome loss with their trust in You sure and their hope firmly fixed in You
    Terry C - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, please provide for Shango and his friends and help them rebuild what was lost in these fires. I pray that the faithful actions of these believers will be seen by their neighbors and will give testimony to their persecutors. It is in Your Holy and Precious name I pray, Lord, Amen.
    Marisa M - 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 faithfulness draw others around them to Christ. Open the hearts of the priests who have been persecuting them to Christ. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Please Lord please stop this horrible persecution in Ethiopia. Please allow Your people to worship freely in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Lord, I pray for this small group of believers in Ethiopia who are seeking to remain faithful to you in their witness in Ethiopia. Encourage them. Give them courage in the face of loss and persecution. May their light shine so brightly that others may be drawn to you. Amen.
    Sandy F-USA
    Jim F - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. I commit all of this into Your Hands. In Jesus' Holy Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father I amen I praise thee the government acted righteously. I pray they remember Nasb Matt 16:19 Father I pray that just like job they would praise you knowing that they receive a more amazing blessing at the end. Praise thee that the church in Ethiopia would continue to share the gospel and their story would inspire people to follow you Father
    Josef S - USA
  • We bind Jezebel in the heavens with chains and cut the cords according to Mt. 18:18. We loose the Jireh of God. "Truly I tell you, Jesus replied, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the gospel will fail to receive a hundredfold in the present age (Mk 10:30) in Jesus name. Amen.
    Samimah S - USA
  • LORD,
    Give these believers strength & courage in the midst of great adversity and persecution. Help them all to stand strong no matter what. Let all who see witness this deep love and compassion for Christ. May non believers be drawn to Jesus and convert. You are All Powerful Lord! Have Your way! Vindicate Lord!! Restore! In Christ name Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Lord I pray for believers in Ethiopia. Strength them in their faith. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. Listen to their prayers. Continue using Shango, his friends and believers in Ethiopia for your glory preaching the gospel and winning souls for the kingdom of heaven despite the persecution. Amen.
    Cristian G - Colombia
  • Dear Heavenly Father: Encourage and bless Shango and his friends who are believers because of his witness. Minister great conviction to those who continue harassing them. Help them to see the truth of the gospel and repent of their sins. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • Dear Lord, may your favor and power be with Shango and all the believers affected by these attacks. Please help our brothers and sisters remain in faith hope and love, for their actions to be a reflection of your goodness; in the name of Jesus, amen!
    Edwin P - USA
  • Lord something is clearly wrong when your children fight against each other. Convict the Orthodox priests of the evil that they have done to their evangelical brothers. Convict them to know that you stand watching to separate the sheep from the goats. Let Shango and his friends not give up sharing. Protect my brothers let your Spirit keep them.
    Tan-Yeo L - Singapore
  • Today, I am looking to you Lord .....that the true church of Jesus Christ will be protected and by your Spirit will influence and affect others who call themselves christian but are following their own selfish says. May the light of Christ be strong and clear in Ethiopia among the nations there in Africa. AMEN
    Mark H - USA
  • Lord, protect these believers in Ethiopia that are being persecuted for serving you. Protect them and provide for them.
    Clarice M - USA
  • Heavenly Father it's heart breaking to hear the persecution done by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Father please open their eyes to the error in their faith. Show them salvation and holiness are in your son Jesus alone. Please protect my brothers and sisters and provide and restore everything for those that have lost homes, livestock or anything else
    Matthew S - USA
  • Dear Lord, I pray for Shango and other believers persecuted for their faith. I pray for continued perseverance in their faith and that they would reflect Jesus Christ to the unsaved and also their persecutors. I pray You would restore to them all that has been lost. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."(Matthew 5: 10-12)
    Elsie B - Canada
  • Lord, I pray that Christians in Ethiopia will shine bright in the darkness. I pray that they will continue to stand strong & glorify you even in the midst of difficulties for by doing so they will be a living testimony to those who have persecuted them. Soften the hearts of the persecutors so that they might be ready to receive your word & live for you
    Kim P - USA
  • Father God i lift up all our sisters and Brothers in prayer. I plead the Blood of Jesus upon them and i pray that no weapon formed against them shall prosper in Jesus mighty name Amen.
    Yvonne T - USA
  • Lord Jesus put your arms of protection around these 5 families in the midst of persecution. Provide for them shelter, food and supplies to sustain their families. Give wisdom and discernment to those families and all Christians in the area so that their actions would be a testimony to your love and grace.
    In Jesus namem amen
    Debi H - USA
  • Lord, I pray for the peace for these evangelical worshipers. I pray that the government stop the harassment by the ones who wish to stop the evangelicals from worshipping. I pray that these evangelicals start to rebuild their lives and homes in Jesus' name amen.
    Brian E - USA
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