This church that was attacked has since been rebuilt.
This church that was attacked has since been rebuilt.
Oct. 08, 2020 | Ethiopia

Persecution Did Not Destroy Churches

[188] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians rebuilding churches.

When mobs damaged three churches in a small village southeast of Addis Ababa, it initially seemed like their enemies had succeeded. Christians were discouraged and humiliated, and some new believers left. Then, Christians from other parts of the country came to rebuild the three churches. As building progressed, the persecutors told each other, “We thought we could eradicate them, but they are building better buildings, having better instruments and their number is increasing. God is really with them and for them.” Christian leaders report they have welcomed 37 more people into the body of Christ since then, that the spiritual lives of believers have been revived, and that the churches are united. One church member said, “God has a way to work in us and to build our lives through the persecution.” Praise God for the loving care of these other believers who encourage their brothers and sisters.

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  • LORD, we give You praise for the strong witness of your church! Your mighty hand has done great things in Addis Ababa! Continue Your perfect work! Bring the Good News thru all Ethiopia! May excited believers spread Good News like fire, as it did @ Pentecost. Gather Your church & prepare us for Jesus coming! We long to see You. May we feel the urgency!
    SM D - USA
  • Thank You Father God for shining a light on the truth and power of the gospel in Jesus Christ, our Lord forever. I thank you for the Spirit who brought believers from other parts of Ethiopia to help the believers in that small village. May they all be blessed. I praise You that even their persecutors SEE the power of love in Christ.
    Kathy G - USA
  • To God be the glory for the things he has done, hu moves in a mysterious way to perform his wonders, it's no secret what our God can do, father continue to bless their ministry and do remember those perpetrators and bring them to salvation that they will be deliver from darkness ,and come to worship our Heavenly loving father who loves us all
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Thank You, Jesus, that whatever the enemy means for evil, You always turn for good! Strengthen our brothers and sisters in their faith and give them the wisdom and courage to disciple these new converts. Father, we praise You for providing their every need according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
    Gina A - USA
  • Father, I thank you for you loving mercy and for providing the needs of your children. I pray you bless these believers who reached out and encouraged and helped their brothers and sisters. I pray you strengthen those who are discouraged. I pray you open the eyes of those who did this. Help them see their need for you. Pour out your Spirit on Ethiopia.
    polly c - USA
  • Father, we pray for a great witness in Ethiopia and pray the believers in Addis Ababa know You more. We pray that they remain in You and experience Your faithfulness. We pray that they grow in love, wisdom and faith. We pray that many will come to know You through them. We pray for all of their needs to be met and great boldness. In Jesus name, amen.
    Benjamin C - USA
  • Heavenly Father, You truly do care for and delight in Your children! You are supreme, and Your glory has been magnified by these brothers and sisters in Christ in Ethiopia.

    "I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever." Psalm 145:1-2
    Alicia N - USA
  • Dear Father,
    Praise God! You are truly the One True King who establishes His throne wherever He pleases! i thank You for the adoption of these new siblings-in-Christ and I pray that You grow their faith in time. Provide for these congregations all that they need to proclaim Your name in safety and joy. Send out the laborers, and bring in the harvest!
    Valerie C - USA
  • Thank you for this simple and yet beautiful miracle dear Father. Through such a simple action and help others came to realize and become more open to new ideas and peace covered the land. Keep them all in the faith even if persecution does rise once more and continue to guide anyone else that may still be lost or straying in jesus' name amen.
    Angela L - USA
  • Praise God for churches not destroyed and help these churches be bigger and better.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father God I lift up the believers in the village of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia; That You would encourage them, strengthen them, comfort them and fill them with Your Spirit. Please let more and more people come to faith in Jesus because of these believers forgiveness and powerful witness. May the persecution stop as more come to you! In Jesus name Amen
    Sarah H - USA
  • Lord God, I do praise You for the restored unity and growth of these churches. Thank You for using what was intended for evil for the good of Your people. May these believers continue to grow and mature in their faith, and may the unity of their witness be a strong example to those around them. May Your gospel spread and prevail mightily.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Praise You, Jesus, for encouraging these precious Christians. Continue to bless, protect and provide for them. Convert many people in their region and help them to provide for others. Send forth Your Holy Spirit with power to them.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Praise You, God, for the ministry of the Body to one another. Thank You that unity among Christians is such a powerful testimony to those outside. Thank You for this encouragement to those who suffered loss and trauma. Thank You for renewing their commitment. Bring back those new believers into the fellowship and continue to strengthen their faith too
    Toni D - USA
  • Father, thank You that our Ethiopian brothers and sisters in-Christ are spiritually mature to understand that You're working in and through persecution to build and grow Your Church, the body of Christ. Continue to bless them, as well as the other believers who supported them, while they further the advancement of the gospel of Christ and Your Kingdom.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Thank You, Lord, for rallying these other believers to help those who had been persecuted. What an amazing testimony this has been. Continue to strengthen the churches and givei them great unity together. Help them as they disciple in these perilous times. May they have rest and refreshment even in the midst of all they face. Thank You for helping!
    Amy G - USA
  • Dear Lord, Thank You for the unity of the body of Christ in the rebuilding of these churches. I pray that the churches would continue to grow and be effective in spreading the Gospel in their communities and that brotherly love would continue. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Lord,
    We praise You for bring such good out of what was meant for evil. Thank You that people can see You at work there! Hallelujah! Your name is glorified! Continue to bless the believers there. Fill them with courage, strength and love. May they feel Your Peace, Your joy and Your blessings on their lives!
    In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father thank You for what You are doing in Ethiopia. Please be with the church in Ethiopia. Help those in Addis Ababa be shining lights for You and draw many to You. I praise You for the believers who are encouraging and striving forth and pursuing Your will. In Yeshua's Name, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Thank you God for building your church through persecution. May this work continue to grow.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, thank you for the unity you have brought these Christians through persecution. Strengthen them and help them not to fear but to trust you and be filled with joy. Turn their harassers from their hatred to faith in you.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Father, thank you for how the believers stood with each other to help repair the churches and for how you are growing the number of believers. Please continue to have your people shine the light of Jesus for their neighbors and persecutors to see and may many be saved. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father God we are encouraged by the testimony of courage and unity within the body of Christ in Ethiopia. Thank you Lord for the spirit of Nehemiah amongst brethren to face adversity and do what must be done. Let you anointing be upon these families and their children to build and to plant.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father God, I thank you for the faithfulness and the love of these believers in Ethiopia and I pray that they will continue to bring glory to the name of Jesus. Please draw many more people to faith in Jesus and show your mercy and grace in the midst of persecution. Please provide and protect these new believers and may your will be done in Ethiopia.
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord,

    Please continue to provide for these believers.
    Help them be bold and brave. Help others to see the love in their lives and turn to you.

    Amen
    Heather O - USA
  • Blessed Father, thank you for helping to rebuild this church. May your Holly spirit minister to those who oppose your love. May no weapon prosper against your kingdom.
    In Jesus name, Amen.
    Randy S - USA
  • Father, thank You for raising up churches to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Ethiopia whose churches were attacked. You are doing a mighty work through this situation and I ask that You continue to draw lost people to Jesus, even their persecutors. Bless these followers and supply all their needs. Place a hedge of angels around them. Amen
    Alan G - USA
  • Praises to You Father that they saw that You really were for Your people! TY for Your hand moving there. May these churches continue to grow exponentially in YOu and secure the unity in Jesus' Name. Draw the persecutors to the church. The banner of Jesus Christ is waving over this land. Seal Your blood over this land, Lord! In YOur Name we pray
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father, thank You for sending encouragement to Your people here, allowing others to be Your feet and hands, that they may all rejoice in knowing what others meant for evil, You meant for good. I pray for the continued growth of this church. May they be a light unto their village. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
  • Yes, praise God for the faithfulness of Christians from other parts of the country continue to reap great rewards. May they continue to support and reach out to their brothers and sisters and may the gospel spread like wild fire to surrounding towns and villages.
    Betty D - USA
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