Pastor Aklilu
Pastor Aklilu
Jan. 21, 2021 | Ethiopia

Pastor Martyred While Preaching

[344] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Pastor Aklilu's family.

A man enraged with a pastor went to the pastor’s church and stabbed him just as he began his sermon. Pastor Aklilu of Hossana, Ethiopia had been intentional about sharing the gospel in his community. He often went home to home and shared on the streets with anyone willing to listen. A member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church did not like that Pastor Aklilu shared about Jesus’ death, resurrection and the forgiveness of sins with members of the Orthodox Church, so the man began a campaign against the pastor, often insulting him publicly. When the man came into the service at Aklilu’s church, he sat in front. As Aklilu began to preach, the man rushed the stage and stabbed the pastor in his left kidney. Aklilu passed away before medical attention arrived. Pray for his wife and children.

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  • Lord, you promised that those who are persecuted for your sake are blessed, and we pray that blessing on Aklilu's family as they have given up so much for the sake of the gospel. Please remind them that you care deeply for widows and the fatherless, and show them your provision, protection, and compassion. Wrap your arms around them, Lord.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Heavenly Father,
    Please provide for, protect, and bless Aklilu's family.
    In the name of Your Son, Jesus
    Amen.
    AlanandSara R - USA
  • Lord, Pastor Aklilu's already in your care in that special part of Heaven that's set aside for martyrs. I'm sure that your angels are already watching over his wife and children. We all join in prayer for this family.
    It's a shame that this act was inspired by jealous Christians from another sect. Pray for his killer and those who supported him. Amen
    Gary G - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for the precious life and ministry of Pastor Aklilu. Comfort his family and draw them even closer to you. I pray they will be encouraged by Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Surround them with your peace. In Jesus name I pray
    Amy H - USA
  • Please comfort Pastor Aklilu's family, lord. Thank you for the lives he touched by living for your glory, and we pray that you will continue to work through them even through this time.
    Cade G - USA
  • Dear Lord, please continue to be with Pastor Aklilu's family and friends as they mourn him. Give them comfort, strength and encouragement. Bless this family for facing the biggest sacrifice a Christian can face. Hold them close and fill them with the peace only You can give them. Help them hold their faith in you. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen
    Tracy H - USA
  • Dear God, I lift up and pray for the family of Pastor Aklilu that they grow in their knowledge and faith. We know you are a good and loving God and will protect them and provide for their daily needs. Amen.
    Ginger B - USA
  • 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Layne N - USA
  • Father, please continue to comfort the grieving family of Pastor Aklilu. Provide for their needs. Remind them of the hope that this world is not our home and that someday we will be together with our heavenly Father in a place without death, evil, pain, or tears. Give them the wisdom, knowledge, and strength to continue with everyday life. Thank you.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • O God. We thank You for the life of Pastor Akiklu. Praise be to you for they martyrdom of another victory in Your glorious Son. God I pray for Akiklu's wife and children. I pray they have provisions of love and care. May his name be talked about in sermons and may his death bring even more of a defeat to satan by continuing to bring more people to You
    Amanda W - USA
  • Lord I'm angry for the loss of Aklilu and we grieve alongside his family and they grapple with the why and how and the pain to follow. I pray for comfort for them and Your provision over their needs. I pray for them to talk to You and pour their hearts out before You Lord. I pray for the man who killed Aklilu to be like Saul who become Paul for You.
    Joy H - USA
  • Heavenly Father,
    We lift up to You the wife and children of the courageous Pastor Aklilu. He literally gave his all for the sake of the Gospel and will receive a martyers crown. His enduring Faith, faith that he was willing to die for, will continue to touch hearts and souls even now. Comfort his family in this shocking loss; may they feel You near
    Madison F - USA
  • Help our brother's family be comforted.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, I lift up this perpetrator, and all who claim to belong to You yet disobey Your commands. I pray for conviction and repentance by confrontation with Your Word. Draw the EOC to renew its commitment to You by condemning acts of persecution, and for dedication to the Truth at any cost by all Christians of Ethiopia, resulting in love and unity.
    JennyBeth G - USA
  • Oh God, Please protect and provide for the family of Pastor Aklilu. Help them to be comforted by your love. Give them hope for the future ,help them to put their trust in you. Give them strength to persevere through times of sadness. Send them good people to support and help them. Heal their broken hearts and help turn this tragedy to blessing. Amen
    michelle k - USA
  • Holy Father, our hearts grieve with Pastor Aklilu's family in the loss of their husband, father and friend. May they be strengthened by Your constant presence , and comforted by Your Spirit. May their faithfulness to You, in this time of sorrow, be an example to everyone who knows them and be a witness to those who need You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • In the kingship of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we bless You for faithfulness of Pastor Aklilu's family. We ask for that no harm come upon them like Jabez prayed, that a hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven come to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for pastor Aklilis wife and child Lord that you,would comfort them surround them with strength and encourage them Lord to keep the faith no matter what. Let them know you are with them Father and that their loss is great but honored for your name. In Jesus name amen
    Miranda H - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of pastor Akilu's family. We ask that they hope in eternal life, have sound doctrine, have a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to protect and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Father, we lift Pastor Aklilu's family and congregation to you. Comfort them. Heal their memories, and help them remember this brave man's efforts to serve you. Provide for their needs. Thank you for Pastor Aklilu and the love he showed for his community. May his life be a beautiful reflection of your love for us. AMEN
    SM D - USA
  • Our Father in heaven, I pray for the family, friends and brethren of Pastor Aklilu, for strength, courage and peace to continue his legacy of sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. May they be blessed with your love at this most painful time. My heart and prayers go out to you all. "✝️
    Joe S - Canada
  • Heavenly Father, It is so hard to hear how a man faithful to You and to draw people to You has been struck down like this. Lord, You work all things for good and Your glory. I pray that somehow You will use this tragedy to draw the murderer and many to You. I pray that You will provide for his family, strengthen their faith and give them Your peace.
    Michele C - USA
  • O Father, for this dear widow and her children, please provide, strengthen, comfort and grant peace amidst these troubled times. We praise you for the faith and boldness of dear Aklilu to proclaim the message of Jesus. May the troubled man who inflicted deadly wound be brought to saving knowledge of Jesus. Help him to see Jesus. Amen Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Father, bless Your holy name. Thank you for all your righteous works through our Lord Jesus Christ. I tank you Lord for the service and witness of our brother Aklilu, and I pray the fruit of the Spirit through the work in Him, by the Lord, would abound and cause increase to the body of Christ, to the glory of God. I ask provision for his family in love
    Sean H - USA
  • Lord we thank You for the faith of Your son Akilu. We ask that You please strengthen the faith, watch over, comfort, and protect his wife and children after his passing. Please let no harm come to them & as their faith remains allow more souls to be won to Christ through their faith and ministry. We love You & we thank You Lord. In Jesus name. Amen
    Crystal B - USA
  • Father we praise You for the faithfulness of this pastor. He is now seeing all those promises he was teaching to those here on earth. We lift up his wife and children. comfort them in their loss, supply their every need. We pray for this man who stabbed him. We ask that You use this time to bring forth a great work of salvation in his heart. Amen
    kathleen r - USA
  • Oh Lord Jesus, I pray for the wife and children of this dear brother in the Lord. May they know Your comfort and peace as they walk through this deep grief, and be surrounded by other believers who can care for them. Please provide for their physical needs as their husband and father is now gone, and give them faith to trust Your promises.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, we praise You for the strong faith of Pastor Aklilu who had counted the cost and trusted You to work out the details. God of all comfort hold his grieving family close to Your heart and heal them. May their church surround and support them at this time. We lift the assailant before You and ask for his repentance and salvation,
    Gail M - USA
  • Father God, I thank you for the amazing witness for Jesus that Pastor Aklilu had. I pray that his beautiful witness would go on and draw many people to Christ. I pray for the murderer, that he would repent and seek forgiveness for his sin and draw near to the cross of Christ. I pray that the gospel would go out in power throughout Ethiopia. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Father God, comfort the family of Pastor Aklilu in their grief. Please provide for them the help they need and protection against those who hate them. Keep them strong, Holy Spirit in their faith and help them to forgive their enemies. I pray also for this man who committed this crime, reach him and help him to see Your love for him, have mercy on him
    Pierrette W - Canada
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