Liya and her new baby son.
Liya and her new baby son.
Apr. 01, 2021 | Ethiopia

Christian Mother Recently Widowed

[275] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Liya.

Liya was eight months pregnant when her husband was killed by rioting Muslims in 2020. When riots broke out against Christians in central Ethiopia, Liya’s husband rushed home from his job in another city. While he traveled, the attackers found him and killed him. During the attack, radicalized Muslims looted and burned Christian homes, sparing properties owned by Muslims. After the attack, Liya moved in with her mother, who is also a poor widow, and her son was born shortly after. Pray for Liya, her mother and the other believers affected in the widespread riots.

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  • Father, You are a God of provision, love and care. May Liya, her baby and her mother experience these things in spite of their circumstances. May Your hope, power and love sustain them each and every day as they navigate the difficult circumstances of her husband's death and the hatred of Jesus that surrounds them. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Thankyou for Liya & her precious baby who live in a violent area where they must trust you completely for their very lives & provision to survive. Keep them safe I pray, strengthen her elderly mother, & grant health for Liya & her baby. Give them an abundance of peace, grace, comfort & faith in Your promise of everlasting life. Praised be your Name
    Tracey B - USA
  • God, I pray for Liya, her mother, and her young son. I pray You will meet all their needs, and for them not to struggle for survival. I pray the adults will remain faithful and strong, despite the persecution and loss. I pray Your comfort will provide peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray for young son will grow up knowing Jesus Christ.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Father, thank You for protecting and providing for Liya, her son and her mother. Despite the loss of her husband, I pray that Liya's faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will continue to grow and she will bring her son up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. May what the enemy intended for evil, be turned into a blessing for Liya's family and friends.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Lord I ask for provision for Liya and her son. I pray for food, shelter, water, and peace in their hearts. I pray for a church community to come together to support one another so all can flourish. I pray for Liya's mother to also have all that she needs and for her heart to be encouraged by Your provison.
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, You are a father to the fatherless and a husband to the widow. Please be the protector and provider for this family. Continue to bring comfort and peace. May they trust you fully even when things do not make sense. Remind them that someday soon they will live with You in a place without death, pain, evil and suffering. Thank you for loving them
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Oh God, cover Luta and her mother and her son with your wings. Oh that You would give her fresh hope, fresh love, fresh faith! Draw so near to her and to ones in her care! That she would carry her family's legacy with confidence, knowing that her husband is one of those in the cloud of witnesses, cheering her on!
    Margaret M - USA
  • Father please remember Liya. Please be kind to her and provide for her and her family. May she live by faith alone in Jesus.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, Eternal King, as brothers and sisters in Christ we glorify You for faithfulness of Liya. We ask as Jehovah Jireh You will provide. We ask for Word of God to continue to spread, a hedge of protection be upon her and angels directly from heaven to minister to her. So Be It. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Holy Father, hold Liya closely to You as she mourns for her husband, and cares for her son and mother. Father, surround her with people who love You, and who are kind, and who will comfort her until she is stronger. Bring justice to those who murdered her husband. Watch over Your children living in the area. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Dear Liya,
    May you feel the prayers of God"s Saints going up on behalf of you and your precious newborn baby. God sees your suffering, but He will never leave you nor forsake you. Praying that God will give you strength, faith, and provide you with food, clothing, and a safe place to live. Praying that God will bring peace to your country.
    Sheila R - USA
  • Father we pray for Liya, protect her and her family from evil people. Grant them favour and continue to provide for their needs. We thank you that their faith is still with them, let it grow even stronger. Protect her and her mother and baby boy. Send help their way and let your Holy Spirit comfort them in Jesus Christ name amen.
    Diane E - Canada
  • Comfort Lyia as only you can. May the son of this martyr who is presently under the altar grow up loving You. What the enemy meant for evil you will turn to eternal good. Provide physically, emotionally and spiritually for Lyia, her son and Lyia's mother. May they be growing daily in your Word.
    Lori R - USA
  • Lord be a father to the fatherless and husband to the widow. Heal liya and her son. Bind the wounds of those hurt by the riots. Protect and keep my Ethiopian brothers and sisters from harm and evil. Bring peace to Ethiopia. Shut down the lies and violence. Bring an understanding of your love and plan for Ethiopia. Raise up a revival there.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father, continue to be with Liya as she grieves her husband and bring to her heart Your comfort. We ask You to provide for Liya and her mother and the baby boy so they will lack for nothing and grow them in Christ. I pray they would find a church family. We ask You to end the riots and guard believers. Bring the persecutors to Jesus for saving faith
    Gail M - USA
  • Dear Lord, this breaks my heart, please help us to keep these people in our prayers and to give sacrificially to meet their needs. Comfort all who suffer.
    conni l - USA
  • Father, care for our two vulnerable sisters who do not have male protection. Heal Liya from the trauma of the loss of her husband and strengthen her from her recent delivery. Praise You that her son was born despite the dangerous situation they were in. We ask You to meet the needs of this family and of all the other Christians who have suffered loss
    Toni D - USA
  • I pray that Liya and her mother will have a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God and his power towards them. Pray for their spiritual protection, and physical protection, that they would have love towards their persecutors. Pray for their physical needs to be abundantly supplied. Give them peace and joy.
    Victor I - USA
  • Father, I rebuke the Muslim terrorists in Ethiopia in the name of Jesus! Lord, remove them or save them! May no weapon formed against believers in Jesus Christ prosper! Bless Liya and her baby. surround them with Your angels to keep charge over them in all their ways. Provide every need according to Your riches in Jesus!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Father God I come to you in Jesus name and I pray for Liya, her son & her mom. Bless them Father and supply all of their needs spiritually, physically & financially. Do exceedingly abundantly above all they can ask or dream for their joy & Your glory. Open they hearts, eyes and minds to many Muslims in Ethiopia granting them repentance & faith in Jesus
    Jerry W - USA
  • Lord, please watch over Liya, her son & her mother. Provide all their needs & remind them of Your faithfulness. Help Liya in her grief & help her to hold on to You. I pray Your name would be glorified in their lives. Protect all the believers in Ethiopia & may there be a change in the country so that many people would put their faith in You.
    Chiara F - South Africa
  • Heavenly Father, I thank You for Liya, her son, her mother and the sacrifice of her husband. We seek Your help for this beautiful family. May Your presence be known to her through comfort and peace. Outstretch the hands of many to help and demonstrate Your love. Let words of encouragement and hope flood over her through the Holy Spirit. Establish joy!
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord God, I lift Liya and Her mother to you. Wrap your arms around them and provide safety and everything else that they need. Help that baby to grow up nurtured in your Word and kept safe from those who persecute Christians. For all the believers who are affected by the rioting and violence, give great grace and bring them though, in Jesus' name.
  • Father I pray for Liya, her mother, and her child. Comfort them in their grieving I pray; strengthen them to stand fast in their faith and be a bold witness; May many be drawn to Jesus. Grant them support and favor in their community, O LORD, bringing provision even from unexpected sources. Watch over and protect them, in Jesus's name, amen.
    Beth G - USA
  • Lord, please comfort Liya as she mourns the tragic loss of her husband. I also pray you will protect her and comfort her against the many fears she is probably battling. Fears for her safety and the safety of her mother and child, fears of how to provide for herself. Please remind her that you will always be with her.
    Christa B - USA
  • Lord, I pray for Liya as she grieves her husband. Bless her and her mother with safety and whatever they need to provide for themselves and the new baby boy in their lives. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • O God, for this dear widow we pray for comfort of heart and provisions for her future. Through this difficult time, help her to secure hope in You Jesus. Grant Liya, her mother and son the necessary provisions to sustain them. Somehow O God, for those who hate so deeply, soften and draw them to Jesus. In your mighty name Jesus Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    We pray for our sister, Liya and we claim Your promises for her. Isaiah 54:5 That You will be a husband to her; Psalm 68:5 That You will be a Father to her son. Give her comfort and peace even in her sorrow. We ask that You would provide for her, her son and her mother as they continue to stand for You. May they never feel alone!
    Madison F - USA
  • Father God, I pray for your people in Ethiopia. I ask that you would care for them as their Good Shepherd. Please provide for all their needs. I ask that you help Liya and her mother to be safe and that you would protect them and help them. Please draw many people in Ethiopia to Jesus and spread the gospel throughout even to those who attack Christians
    Julia F - USA
  • Father please tend to Your dear children in Ethiopia who are suffering such loss. Give them courage to face their challenges with calm trust in You. Protect them, provide for them and give them wisdom to know how to live for You in face of danger and loss. Keep them steadfast in devotion to You. Please comfort Liya and others & be their Good Shepherd.
    Carolann P - Canada
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