Pastor Negus was killed by anti-government rebels.
Pastor Negus was killed by anti-government rebels.
Sep. 24, 2020 | Ethiopia

Anti-Government Rebels Kill Pastor

[216] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Negus's family.

A pastor in western Ethiopia was murdered after he refused to give money to a rebel group. Pastor Negus, in ministry for 20 years, was from a small town in the West Elega Zone of the Oromia region. A rebel group called the Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) approached the pastor in November 2019 and asked the pastor for monetary assistance. They also directed him to tell his congregation to provide money and food to their cause. Though Pastor Negus knew the OLF was known for killing those suspected to be pro-government or those who do not help them, he refused to let them use the church for political purposes. The rebels killed him instantly. His children, ranging from ages 5 to 18, and his wife have since been supported by local believers Pray for their family and for the faith of believers in that area to remain strong.

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  • Father God, Open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on the Negus family! I ask that You meet their every need for protection, provision and comfort in their loss. Bless his church that they not lose heart and be discouraged, but inspire them to be courageous and continue to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in Jesus' name!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    Thank You for Pastor Negus and his family. Please bless them, and strengthen them in Your comfort and peace. Please help the OLF to come to Christ and know You truly. I pray You would strengthen these believers.
    In Jesus's Name I pray
    Amen
    Taylor C - USA
  • Lord, I pray for the town in the West Elega Zone. Could you please lift up these people and bring them encouragement? Please help believers stay strong in the faith, and please help others come to Your Gospel. Lord, I pray for healing among Pastor Negus's family and for the OLF rebel group to be convicted of Your truth and come to the faith. Amen.
    Samuel Y - USA
  • dear father, i pray for the children and wife of your brave son whom you called home to you. please heal their souls of sorrow. i thank you for the believers that support them. may their faith increase and please help them to remain strong in the face of the enemy. please meet their needs of bodies and souls. in jesus name, amen
    esther l - Germany
  • Dear Pater, please help first and foremost all the children and the wife this man left behind not due to his foolishness but rather that of others. May they continue with the faith or find the faith. May they be provided for and one day learn that their Father is a beloved hero of Christ. May you also bless this brother of ours in heaven.
    Angela L - USA
  • Help these believers and their families to be strong and faithful to God alone.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Lord God, I do pray that You would comfort and sustain the family of Pastor Negus. May his wife have faith and hope to face each new day, and may his children come to share in the same courageous faith their father demonstrated. May the church continue to be a source of support and encouragement to this family, and may their faith grow as well.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for Pastor Negus and his brave witness to You. Let his death not be in vain but best much fruit. Come Holy Spirit to comfort the family of Pastor Negus. Provide for them food, clothing and an education. Strengthen their faith in You, Jesus. Provide for the needs I don't know about. Give them more than they ask or imagine.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father we thank You for the courage of our brother who is now beyond the reach of the rebels. Protect and provide for his family. Thank You for their encouragement by local believers. May his children grow up to also be heroes in the faith as was their father. Bless these believers who are now without a shepherd to nourish them in the faith.
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear God,
    You are so good all the time. Please wrap Your loving arms all around Pastor Negus' family and may they find joy, peace and comfort in You. May they have strong faith in You. I thank You that they are alive. I thank You that You are faithful. May Your will be done in the blessed name of Jesus that I pray in, amenn
    Ife K - United Kingdom
  • Lord I pray for the family Of this pastor that you would continue to provide for them and give them strength and hope and faith all in Jesus name. I pray that You would keep them safe and they would know your presence father in such a difficult time as this. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Please Lord please bless and comfort this precious family and please continue to abundantly provide for them. Please Lord I pray that these murderers would be brought to legal justice and repent and turn to You. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Father, I pray for this pastor's family. Comfort them and help them to remain faithful, to forgive those who did this. I pray for the churches and pastors in Ethiopia who are facing death and decisions; Lord give them wisdom and boldness. I pray for those who are doing this, open their eyes , speak to their hearts. Send protection, strength, your peace
    polly c - USA
  • Father thank You for this pastor and his faithfulness. Please be with him and his family. Please keep his family safe and be their Provider. Father, have mercy on them and heal their hearts and please send Your Holy Spirit to help them with their grief. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Lord God Almighty i ask you that you help Pastor Negus's family as they are facing a future after his murder. Let the children see your hand of grace and mercy during these trying times in their lives. Lord you are Father to the fatherless and husband to widows - let these children experience your loving-kindness in this season of their lives.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Holy Father, hold Pastor Negus's family close to Your heart as they grieve the death of their fatherhusband. Strengthen his physical family, as well as his spiritual family, as they live life without him here on earth. Comfort them with Your precious comfort knowing that we will all be together in Your home one day. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Lord I weep with the loss of the daddy for these children and I cry out for justice for those who killed him. I ask for provision for his children and wife and for them to be able to live each day. I pray for their hearts to be encouraged by little things You can do to show Your compassion and care. I pray for the congregation to care for them
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Lord, We praise you for Pastor Negus now with you in Paradise. We pray for his family, his town & his church, Lord, that they will be provided for & grow in health, strength, faith & faithfulness. We pray for Ethiopia, this great home of Christianity. Bless those who work against you with dreams & visions, please, drawing them to you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Blessed Father of Heavens Army, May you hide Pastor Negus's family under the shadow of your wings.
    In Jesus name, Amen.
    Randy S - USA
  • Dear Lord
    Continue to bring grace, comfort and peace to Pastor Negus's family. Let their hearts find comfort in knowing that he is with You, the Lord he loved more than life. I pray for all the believers there, asking that You would fill them with strength and courage. Do not let satan put fear or anger in their hearts. May Your light shine brightly!
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear Lord, please continue to strengthen the faith of Pastor Negus's family. Give them wisdom and courage for each situation they face. Soften the hearts of nonbelievers, so that they too can hear the call to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and love one another.
    Betty A - USA
  • Father God, I praise Your Holy Name, and ask for strength, comfort, and and support for Pastor Negus's family and congregation. May their faith in You remain strong, Lord God. I pray these things in Jesus's Name, Amen
    Mary I - USA
  • Father, thank You for those who have supported Pastor Negus' family after this atrocity. May the power of the Holy Spirit overwhelm those who committed this atrocity. May the power of the Holy Spirit sustain this family in their quest to move forward in their lives. May they be strong in the midst of weakness and may Your hope drive them. Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Lord we give You thanks for the life of Pastor Negu. He Obed his life caring for people and working for You. He refused to allow the church to become a den of thieves and for this he paid the price. Please Lord to help his family to walk a path of love and honor to You. Help them with their earthly needs and walk out Your Will for their lives.
    Donna H - USA
  • Jesus, I pray for this family and community of believers. Be with them and help them to trust You for all of their spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Thank you for the believers who are ministering to this family - may they be blessed right back. Help this family and community to heal and continue the work you have for them. Amen
    Rosemary M - USA
  • Dear Lord I Thank you for this pastor and his bravery he is a good example God and I just pray for the church that it would thrive through all of this and I pray that you would be with this family and comfort them all now and always help their faith not to waiver and you learn help them to feel your presence
    Sierra H - USA
  • Father God we pray for this family as they suffer the loss of the husband and father. May God provide for their needs and may they continue in faith to keep Pastor Negus life of serving God alive in their hearts as well as others, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Almighty God, I pray for this Pastor's family and ask that you would comfort them and provide for them during this time. I pray that the fruit of all his labor would be seen by them and be great. Lord, use his sacrifice for your kingdom and glorify the name of Jesus. Lord, I pray that the gospel message will spread in power throughout Ethiopia. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Jesus, let Pastor Negus's blood speak like Abel's. Lord, we ask for justice. But we also ask for mercy. Perhaps You have a Paul in the midst of the murderers. Show Yourself to him. Change his heart as a result of this. Comfort Pastor Negus's family as only You can. In time, restore joy. Provide for and protect them and the church. In Jesus' Name. Amen
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for Pastor Negus' family. I pray that peace and joy will come to his family and that the wrong doers who persecuted him and his family would be caught and justice would be done. Please help Pastor Negus' wife and children through this very difficult time.
    Brian E - USA
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