Believers pray over the plans for the new buildings before construction was stopped.
Believers pray over the plans for the new buildings before construction was stopped.
Feb. 18, 2021 | Ethiopia

Local Officials Oppose Church Being Rebuilt

[169] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Local government officials.

Though a church in the Alaba zone received permission to rebuild a church destroyed by Muslim extremists in 2019, local officials are not allowing them to begin work. On Feb. 9, 2019, extremists systematically moved through the town of Alaba Kulito dismantling churches. By the end of the day, 12 churches were destroyed, including instruments, materials and even the walls and fences of the concrete church compounds. Recently, one church raised the necessary funds to rebuild and even acquired permission. However, when a contractor arrived to begin the rebuilding process, district officials stopped him. The believers involved elevated the case to local government officials, regional officials and finally the federal government, who are in the process of investigating. The church also houses a school, which is currently shut down because there is no building. Pray that the Lord will intervene and that the church is able to rebuild.

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  • Abba! I thank You for Your son, Christ Jesus, who is our mediator, advocate and intercessor before the throne of You, the most high God. May Christ win this legal battle for our brethren in Ethiopia. So that many folks and children receive the wonderful salvation through Christ Jesus. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. I pray father you will allow this church to be built and set up your head to protection around it. Bless the efforts of your people here & may the fruit of their labors not be stolen again. Restore 100 fold what they have lost. May those who see it marvel and believe You. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly lift this church up to You. I ask that the local and federal officials may open their eyes to the importance of this. I ask that you soften their hearts. I ask for comfort and strength for the church and that they may be able to continue Your works. Bless this church, oh Holy God. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen
    Tracy H - USA
  • Lord, may this church grow in faith, strength and wisdom. Open the eyes and ears of the officials and extremists to the truth- that they are sinners. Lead them to repent and believe that Jesus is their only hope. May this church be loving, gracious and forgiving when it is hard and they are weary and discouraged. Renew their strength each morning.
    Beth P - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray for you to bring dreams & visions to the people in Ethiopia that will open their eyes to you! Please let those in charge come to know of you and approve the rebuilding of the churches and the school so that your people can gather together to worship you! Please keep their faith strong & eyes on you. Thank you Jesus, AMEN!
    Niccole E - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, please help these people rebuild a place where they can meet and teach their children about You and Your Son and Your Kingdom. I pray for the Muslim extremists, that they would come to Christ and not die the second death or be deceived by the devil. Thank You in The Name of Jesus Christ for hearing our prayers
    christine s - USA
  • Father God, please change the hearts of the officials so the church can build and move forward, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Father: Work in the hearts of the local government officials to have a mind to allow this church to e rebuilt. Encourage the believers and cause them to show love to those who oppose them. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • Father I lift up this church & school in the Alaba zone. I pray that the officials in both the federal & local government would overrule the district officials & allow the church to rebuild. I pray that this church & school would have an impact on this community for You. Please work through this church to reach the people of Ethiopia.
    Sharon P - USA
  • Heavenly Father the church building is not you. It is You inside each one of us that make the church. Eph. 2:21 "In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord" I pray for your protection and that God's peace and mercy be with you. Stay faithful and be encouraged. Christ conquered it all!
    Diane C - USA
  • Lord, I lift up my brothers and sisters in Alaba Kulito. You have laid it on their hearts to rebuild and have provided the funds for which we give You praise. I pray, that the ministry of these believers would continue. That they would find ways to gather together (Hebrews 10:24-25). May they be able to encourage one another and teach future generation
    Brenda C - USA
  • Lord Jesus, your Kingdom come to the Alaba zone of Ethiopia. Your will be done. Bring worship here. Bring education here. Bring right justice, to the local, regional, and federal governments. Raise up your church. And also raise up these building in which your church can meet and pray and teach and learn.
    Jim T - USA
  • Almighty, glorious Lord, have Your way in this situation. Bless these folks with Your favor as they deal with local officials. May these officials come to see Jesus in them and start to seek You. Continue to give Your church here hope and the spirit of evangelism. Glory to You ,Lord Most High in the name of Jesus. Amen!
    William R - USA
  • Lord thank You for these believers in Ethiopia. Please intervene in this matter of the church being rebuilt. Help the officials to have softened hearts to the destruction and devastation that this church has suffered at the hand of extremists. Help the building to be rebuilt, services to resume and the school to operate again. May you be glorified.
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Dear God, please move the government officials to allow and support the building of your physical churches. Strengthen believers even as they do not have a physical location to meet. Bring those who destroyed the churches to repentance and faith. We ask all according to thy will. Amen.
    Delphine H - USA
  • Thank you Lord for the Church is marching on and the gate of hell can not prevail. We pray for divine intervention, Lord, grant the Church favor and wisdom as they appear before the local authority. Lord intervene and protect your people, encourage, strengthen and empower them and through them let more souls be won to you in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Dear God, please release your army to remove all that is hindering these people's rebuilding of the Church and the school. God please allow the Holy Spirit to work through these people collectively and lift them up in power, love, unity, and sound of mind. May they know they are loved, prayed for, and never to give in to the enemy but to remain strong
    Amanda W - USA
  • Father, we ask Your intervention in the refusal to allow a properly permitted church to be rebuilt We ask that the investigation go quickly and that work on the church can begin so that the school can continue to teach. We ask You to confuse and crush all efforts to prevent this project from being completed. May the workers and plans be ready to go
    Gail M - USA
  • Lord, Your will be done. Give your servants grace to be effective witnesses during this process. May they not lose heart but grow strong in the Lord.
    Teresa W - USA
  • Lord God, I do pray that You would grant favor in this case and allow the church and school to be rebuilt. Please grant the Christian leaders wisdom, patience, kindness, and courage as they seek justice and the opportunity to worship in a new building. May their witness draw these government officials to Yourself and may they grant permission.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father God, I lift up this faithful church to you in Ethiopia that is trying to rebuild. Please intervene and give them favor with the local government officials and anyone who is involved in this situation and please grant them permission to rebuild! Please comfort the members and leadership of this church during this time! In Jesus powerful name
    Sarah H - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, please allow churches in this area to be rebuilt and add numbers of people who are being saved in this community. Help the faithful remain faithful in the midst of darkness.
    Leslie T - USA
  • Father I Pray that You will intervene and that the church is able to rebuild.
    Kate G - USA
  • Father I Pray that the Lord will intervene and that the church is able to rebuild.
    Kate G - USA
  • Please Lord, please allow this church to be rebuilt and please encourage the believers in Ethiopia. Please stop this heinous persecution in Ethiopia in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Father i pray for this church and all churches needing to be rebuilt in Ethiopia i ask that you would intervene and make that possible I ask that you would strengthen and encourage the body of Christ in Ethiopia to be the church and keep the unity of the faith and meet in what ever way possible until you bring your sovereign will to be . In Jesus name
    Dean B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please deliver these precious believers from fear as they seek and pursue Your truth and peace. Stand up for their help , keep their souls joyful in the Lord, rejoicing in Your salvation. Continue to direct their steps by Your word and redeem them from the oppression of man. May Your word run swiftly and be glorified in Ethiopia
    Julie C - USA
  • Our Father in Heaven, cause your name to be glorified through the rebuilding of this local Ethiopian church. Let their faithfulness to Your Holy Son Jesus Christ strengthen their congregation and cause unbelievers to turn to You in repentance. Open the eyes of government officials involved in this case that they might see your Church and believe.
    Abigail C - USA
  • Our Dear Father in Heaven, please provide a place for gathering and services for this church and a location for a school that the children can attend to learn wisdom and all they need to know for future success. Encourage the church leaders to trust Your leading and provision. Open a way where there seems to be no way. Keep their eyes be fixed on You.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Father in Heaven I commit Christians in Ethiopia and other troubled area to your embrace and ask for Devine intervention, come to their aid as thou art the most God, do Fsther touch the heart of the Authority and open their eyes to the light of the gospel, that they too will come to kno you, who to kno is life eternal in Jesus name,
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
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