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

Persecution Changed Priorities for Members of Destroyed Churches

[206] prayers in [15] 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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  • Praise You, Jesus, for this refocusing on Your love for others to hear the Truth and Life of Your message. Pour out Your Holy Spirit on these precious Christians. May Your name be glorified and may many come to know You, whom to know is Life Eternal. Also comfort and heal any people who struggle with anxiety and fear because if this destruction.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father God, thank-you for the vision You have given Your followers in Alaba Kulito to evangelize & support missions with their resources although they still need to rebuild their destroyed churches. I pray that You will fill them with your Holy Spirit as they go out & share the Light of the Gospel among those who live in darkness. In Jesus Name, Amen
    Tracey B - USA
  • Wow Father, You know what You are doing in the midst of persecution Alaba Kulitio in allowing these church buildings to be destroyed! Continue to fill believers in this village to trust You and redirect their efforts and resources to outreach locally, regionally and throughout Ethiopia so that the plans of the enemy would be thwarted and people saved.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord, thank you for this great fruit that has come forth in these persecuted Christians. I pray that this revival would continue on in their town and in their surrounding towns in Ethiopia. I pray that many many would be added to their numbers and that Christians would continue to grow in maturity more than ever before. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven - I thank you for the members of the destroyed churches in Ethiopia. I am so touched and blessed by the passion for Christ and work of missions and evangelizing! May their attitude continue to be the same and may the church in the US be like our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ethiopia! In Jesus Name!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Please God, help the Christians in Alaba Kulito do mission trips without too much suffering. Please guide them with the Holy Spirit and watch over them. Please reach the hearts, oh God, of the unbelievers in that area that is so hostile to the Gospel. I pray that many will come to Christ Jesus through the efforts of the evangelists in Alaba zone.
    Brian E - 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
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, King Eternal, we thank and praise You today for faithfulness of believers in Ethiopia and churches. We thank and praise You for access to Your Word. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to teach and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God we are grateful for the awakenings and the Holy Spirit spreading across that land. Let your word continue to touch the hearts of man and transform the society. Help them to reach many more households with your word.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Lord God, I praise You for the way You are turning what was intended for evil for good. May these leaders continue to have Your priorities and honor You as they lead their congregations. May the gospel spread and multiply greatly as they walk faithfully in the midst of persecution and may these churches be grown and established in You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, bless these believers with greater faith and more souls won for Jesus. Encourage them daily in their walk with you and service to you. Prepare the hearts of those who will hear the gospel. May the Holy Spirit live and speak through the believers. Give them strength and guidance for the tasks that they face each day. Protect them from evil. Amen
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Heavenly Father,
    What an amazing display of beauty brought from ashes! For what was meant for evil has been for the good for so many souls! We praise You for the incredible work being done by our brothers & sisters in Alaba Kulito! Their Love for You is changing the world, one person at a time! Bless them mightily & may everything they do prosper! Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father God, thank you for these precious believers. Thank You that You take impossible situations and turn them for our good and Your glory. Please continue to bless these believers and that they would continue to bear much fruit
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, we lift up our Ethiopian brothers and sisters to you in the name of Jesus - asking for your presence, provision and protection as they faithfully share your good news. Go before them, fill them with your Spirit that they may boldly speak the truth in love, resulting in a great harvest from the fields that are ripe.
    David C - USA
  • God, we praise you for how you bring good out of evil situations. Thank you for the perspective and attitude of these believers who see the opportunity you have given them to be a light in their nation. Help their efforts to bear much fruit, and may revival sweep over Ethiopia. Fill them with your Spirit, and give them great courage in Jesus' name.
    Jackie V - USA
  • In the victorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, the Overcomer, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for the faithfulness of Ethiopian churches. We praise You for this victory. We continue to ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • 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
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