One of the destroyed churches.
One of the destroyed churches.
Feb. 11, 2021 | Ethiopia

Persecution Changed Priorities for Members of Destroyed Churches

[190] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Members of Destroyed Churches.

After Muslim mobs destroyed 12 churches in the Alaba zone in 2019, believers waiting for their churches to be rebuilt report an increased dedication to missions and outreach in their communities. In a single day, extremists moved through the town of Alaba Kulito and destroyed 12 church buildings. Two years later, church leaders and evangelists now report that their congregations are more motivated than ever to share the gospel with their persecutors. One congregation sent five evangelists to an unreached people group. Another evangelist reported that more people responded to the gospel message in the previous two months than in six months of previous work. “The persecution has awakened the churches for missions. We were prioritizing buildings, furnishing them and buying other materials. But now our number one priority is missions,” one of the church elders said. “After the persecution we haven’t raised funds for church buildings and other materials but for missions.” Praise God for the attitude of the believers, and pray for changed hearts as a result of their efforts.

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  • Dear Heavenly Father, I lift the missions in Ethiopia up to you in prayer. I pray you wrap a hedge of protection around them as they continue this dangerous but holy path. Give them courage and strength to complete Your mission. Open the eyes, heart and ears of those they witness to. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen
    Tracy H - USA
  • Our Father who art in Heaven. You have promised us that whenever anyone strives to do Your work and take the Word to different people, You will be with them. Let Your might manifest in regions without Your Word. Let the teachings of Jesus Christ be known to all lands. Oh Lord help the church in Ethiopia. Yes, let Muslims be converted to the truth. Amen
    Reuben D - Zimbabwe
  • Dear Father, your church in Ethiopia needs your help. Provide a place where they can gather and encourage each other. Protect them from the extremists who want to harm them. May these people hunger and thirst after your righteousness, and forgiveness. Grow their faith, and may they see your provision for them. Give them joy in sorrow, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Lord I thank you for the way you make all things good for those who love you and that what the enemy has meant for evil You will use for good!! Lord I pray for great fruitfulness in the efforts of these believers in Alabo Kalito for You! And if it is your will to also build up the church buildings I pray for that also.
    Michele C - USA
  • God thank You so much for the hearts of my brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. God bless their missions God. Jesus speak to these people may they be filled to full with the gifts of the spirit. May their provisions have an overflowing. Bless their hearts God. May they continue to be the true followers of Jesus they are showing the world to be. In Love
    Amanda W - USA
  • Father, we delight in Your plans for Your church to accomplish the mission You gave them. Thank You for their openness to Your plan and to let theirs go for now. May the Word going forth in Ethiopia continue to explode with many more coming to Christ for salvation. May You receive all the glory and all the praise as the Lord builds His church
    Gail M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for turning beauty from ashes. I am challenged by the commitment of my fellow believers in Ethiopia. Guide them to share with those who are already seeking, just as you did with Philip. We read this story in Acts chapter 8. May Your glory be revealed once again in Ethiopia.
    Brenda C - USA
  • Heavenly Father, We praise You for adjusting the focus of these believers in Ethiopia who have had their focus for Your Kingdom change from church building to missions building instead.We ask that You grant much Grace & Favor as these believers fervently forward Your Kingdom in the earth, including the saving of their persecutors, in Jesus' Name, Amen!
    Michael S - USA
  • Lord May These Christians Be Light Shining Amidst the darkness surrounding them...
    May their Light shine before their persectors...
    That the Persecutors will know the Truth...
    And the Truth will set them free...
    Lord Jesus Christ Hear Our Prayers....
    Neelesh D - India
  • Holy Spirit of Jesus! Bless You Lord as You have answered and prevailed even more tin these regions, may You be glorified even more through the determination of these people in Christ. I pray for Your protection as they carry out their missions to win more souls and thank you for giving them the wisdom in carrying out their calling! In Christ!
    Pat D - Canada
  • Dear Lord, We praise and thank you for the wonderful work our brothers & sisters are doing. Please magnify their work, with many won to you, and in turn winning others. May your kingdom come. You are our mighty Lord.
    Susan G - Australia
  • Lord bless the efforts of these followers as they share the gospel in the favor of the Spirit. Give them boldness and courage. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our brothers and sisters who so faithfully serve You in Ethiopia despite the threat of having their churches burned down. Thank You that difficult circumstances inspired them to prioritize missions. Thank You for the fruit being harvested. I pray that You will strengthen new and old believers, and work in the hearts of perscutors.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Thank You Lord that all things do work for the good to those who love You and are called for Your purpose. May the loss of this building and the fervor and unity in love to reach others be a true witness to the citizens of the transforming purpose Christ has on followers' lives. May they have times to gather together to worship and encourage each other
    Jim E - USA
  • Thank you Father for the transformative work you have performed in these believers and all those they spread the gospel to. Bless them with abundant provision and Dunamis power to do the work set before them with supernatural excellence and efficiency. Bless them Lord as they further Your Kingdom and share Your love.
    Michelle M - USA
  • Lord I praise You for the faith and example of these brothers and sisters of mine in Christ. I pray Lord for those they are preaching to, to receive them with open hearts and to be touched by Christ. I pray for the unreached people groups to receive King Jesus and change family genealogies for eternity. I pray for the generosity produced to bring joy.
    Joy H - USA
  • Oh Lord, thank you for this increased desire to evangelize Ethiopia. Anoint and protect those who share the gospel with their persecutors. Thank you for bringing increased fervor for missions out of the seemingly tragic loss of church buildings. Purify your church everywhere, Lord, to do the work of the kingdom and emphasize changing hearts & minds.
  • Father, Thank You for the courage of Ethiopian believers. We pray they are safe and filled with zeal as they share the Gospel with their persecutors. May the Holy Spirit inspire those You have called, Father, to ask Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior. May the courage of our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia inspire us to share the Gospel also.
    Stephen Y - USA
  • Thank You Jesus for the powerful witness of these evangelists. You Have shown them how their little seeds here and there have yielded good fruit in due time. Please protect them from their persecutors and may those that oppose them come to know You, who are the Answer to every prayer.
    Denise G - Canada
  • Father God, I thank you that the gospel of Jesus is changing so many lives and that your people in Ethiopia have a heart to spread the good news far and wide. I pray that you will bless their efforts and give them more resources to continue to send out workers for the harvest. Draw hearts and minds to your kingdom and exalt your name in Ethiopia. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear Father, thank you for the way in which these people have responded! We are blessed to know how they are focusing on missions. We pray for them, as they likely have many struggles and challenges. Please bless them and fill their hearts with your peace. We love you, Lord, and we love them. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Alice D - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank You for increasing the faith of these believers! Give them wisdom to deal with each situation and continue to open doors for them to spread the Gospel. Soften the hearts of their persecutors so that they too may know the love of Jesus. Thank you.
    Betty A - USA
  • Abba! And the humble will see their God's handiwork and be glad. Thank You that You are doing immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to Your power which is at work within us for Your glory in the bride of Christ and Christ Jesus.
    Randal A - USA
  • Abba! And the humble will see their God's handiwork and be glad. Thank You that You are doing immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to Your power which is at work within us for Your glory in the bride of Christ and Christ Jesus.
    Randal A - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, the Great Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of destroyed churches. We ask that You will shepherd them and they will shepherd others. We ask that a hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Yes, Praise to Your Lord Jesus for encouraging my family in Ethiopia! Help them to see Your vision for their community and provide the building blocks they need to continue Your work. I ask that with every prayer they pray for others that they would see miracles occur and doors open to confirm the work they are doing. Protect them Lord.
    Patricia W - USA
  • In Jesus Name we pray for our brothers & sisters around the world that are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus our Lord and as You Lord remember we are made of the dust and can do no thing without you John 15:5 strengthen each one with the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome and continue in the faith & may no weapon formed against them prosper
    barry p - USA
  • Father, we're saddened to hear about the destruction of facilities where Your people gather together, but we rejoice in hearing that You've used these events to show the Ethiopian saints where there priority should be. As the gospel is preached, may there be a great outpouring of Your Holy Spirit and multitudes of lost souls brought into Your kingdom.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Lord I pray that you would reach the many hearts of your Church and the ones they reach out to, I lift up those who do not know you Lord that they would come to know you Jesus as Lord and Savior. Salvation is for everyone Lord and I pray your Holy Spirit would bring revival in your Church in all nations. In Jesus name, amen
    Miranda H - USA
  • Help members of destroyed churches rebuilt and know they are the church, not the building.
    Debbie V - USA
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