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

[174] prayers in [14] 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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  • 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
  • Heavenly Father may You receive all the glory and honor from more coming to know You and more receiving the gift of faith. Lord may Your peace prevail over these new believers and may they eat up Your Word and Your goodness and see You so clearly. I ask for more families to be baptized in Your name and led by the Holy Spirit. May they hear Your leading
    Joy H - USA
  • Lord Jesus, bless these determined believers. Help them to continue to trust you and now give us. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • AMEN and AMEN!! This joint belief and support is the best example of Christianity, I have read in a while, may it spread far and wide. These groups must learn to stand together in unity to show how strong JESUS CHRIST is when HIS people pray in one accord and word for a common good. PRAISE GOD PRAISE GFOD
    Bobby C - USA
  • Lord Jesus Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done In Ethiopia as It is in Heaven.
    Build a Church filled with committed Loving Followers Of Christ.
    That Others May See Their Goodness & Become Your Followers Thus Giving Glory To You.
    In Jesus Name I pray.
    Neelesh D - India
  • Lord, what a powerful testimony of Your love and faithfulness dwelling in Your people and being a witness to the enemies of the cross. May Your Name be lifted up and praised in Ethiopia as the One and only True God, drawing many out of darkness into salvation in Jesus alone. Grant this congregation perseverance, hope, strength and wisdom.
    Beth P - USA
  • Father, bless those who had the courage to rebuild your home your churches. Help them just a firm and help the new Believers me an inspiration to more of those around them that are still trying to persecute them. And your beautiful name Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior amen
    Pam R - USA
  • Heavenly Father, praise You for the rebuilding of these churches and the continued commitment and faithfulness of the congregations. They are being salt and light. May the continue to trust that You who began a good work in them will see,it to completion.
    Fabiana C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians rebuilding churches: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Give them wisdom as they keep rebuilding churches. May this draw in many people, including believers who had left. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Oh Savior, I think of the rebuilding you did through Nehemiah, even when it was hard. Thank you that you use these hard situations to draw people to you, through your glorious love. Help our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and everywhere to profess your beautiful, holy name! Amen
    Ryan M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. ALL BLESSING, HONOR, GLORY, & POWER BE TO YOUR GREAT NAME. FOR I PRAYED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN & YOU HAVE ANSWERED!!! PRAISE THE GOD WHO DEFENDS HIS CHILDREN AND REVEALS HIMSELF TO THE PERSECUTORS!! Now may they repent knowing You are with Your people! In Jesus' GREAT & MIGHTY NAME AMEN!!!!!!
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father praise thee that are prayers are finally being answered I ask that this continues and more people come into the body of Christ. Holy Holy Holy are you God who was, is, and is to come IJNIPA
    Josef S - USA
  • Thank You Lord for inspiring those Christians to come help rebuild the destroyed churches & encourage the brethren. Thank You that their actions & love made an impression on the community who now respect You & them. May Your Spirit continue to draw many to You thru Christ because of this event & encourage the Christians to hope in You & persevere.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Lord, I know that you have heard these people. Give them strength to endure through their lives and ministry. Thank you for upholding them to continue serving You. Empower them further to continue Your Word and let their faith ring out in their country and community. We praise you God our Father. Amen.
    Sandra T - USA
  • father, it is awesome to see how you take the trials and persecutions and bring blessings and abundance when it seemed all was lost. You are amazing how you always care for your children. I pray that these churches will continue to mature and grow stronger in understanding truth and knowing Christ. Continue to draw the lost to salvation. Be glorified.
    Vicki W - USA
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