Believers did not give up their faith after their worship space was taken away.
Believers did not give up their faith after their worship space was taken away.
Apr. 08, 2021 | Ethiopia

They Thought They Could Wipe Out the Church

[239] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Believers with a new worship space.

When Muslims in eastern Ethiopia forced a small congregation out of the home used for meetings, they expected the Christian presence in their area to cease, but the number of believers has increased in the last year. Biblical Christians in the region, which is 98 percent Muslim, used to meet for worship on Sundays in the living room of one of the believers. Local Muslims pressured the man’s landlord to evict him, and then the believer was unable to rent another house because the same Muslims had threatened other landlords. The church had no place to meet, and the believers were in great despair. However, with assistance from believers outside Ethiopia, the small church purchased a piece of land and built a worship space. Today, the church has grown from 58 people to more than 70. Many of those who persecuted the church told the believers that they were shocked that the believers managed to hold onto their faith. The church leaders told VOM, “We observed God’s presence in our midst through this experience and we are spiritually renewed.” Praise God for his faithfulness in all circumstances, and pray that the believers will continue to grow in faith and in number.

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  • Dear God, I lift up these Godly Ethiopian believers to you asking for your protection, strength and wisdom for them to grow your kingdom. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Greg M - USA
  • Father, it's great to hear that Your people have been resilient and steadfast in their faith overcoming obstacles and have found You faithful. May the testimony they have continue to be a guiding light to those around them so those who live without will see the truth and set them free. Thank You for Your provisions to them. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • fFather, you are our strength & our salvation. Thankyou for the beauty in your provisions for your children that draws those who live in darkness to wonder at the blessings you bestow on your children. Open up the hearts of those who try to stop the gospel & shine your light into the darkness of their religious beliefs & deliver them from evil beliefs.
    Tracey B - USA
  • God, I praise You for Your faithfulness and provision for this dedicated group of believers. I pray each one will remain faithful and strong. I pray their body of believers will continue to grow, and for them to used as a light to point to Jesus Christ. I pray for the 98%, that they would come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    Curtis M - USA
  • God, I praise You for Your faithfulness and provision for this dedicated group of believers. I pray each one will remain faithful and strong. I pray their body of believers will continue to grow, and for them to used as a light to point to Jesus Christ. I pray for the 98%, that they would come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Father, may Your kingdom come and will be done throughout Ethiopia and the entire region. Empower Your people in Ethiopia to stand strong in the faith that was once delivered to the saints of old. Fill each Ethiopian brother and sister in Christ with Your Holy Spirit and cause them to do the "greater works" that Jesus spoke of to the first disciples.
    Patrick V - USA
  • O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, all glory be to our great provider, Lord let the heathen know that thou art the great I AM you reigns and rules. Thank you for your provision, I do pray that your blessing will multiplies on your people that even the enemies will come to know the Lord, strengthen your people father and save to the uttermost
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Dear Lord,
    We praise You for how You move in such miraculous ways to advance Your Kingdom! You are faithful! Continue to fill their hearts with joy, peace and love for those around them. May those who are drawn to the Faith receive the Gospel. May their hearts all be on fire for You! May they all grow and blossoms thru You.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father God, Thank you for the faith of these believers despite persecution. Please continue to strengthen and encourage them despite the persecution. Let their love for you draw others to hear your word and accept your salvation. Convict the Muslims to stop the persecution and open their hearts to the truth and know that love conquers hate. Amen
    Liane F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers, and thank you for providing for them. Please continue to show up in amazing ways, encouraging the believers, and drawing in many more Muslims who see the strong faith of this church. Hallelujah!
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Hallelujah! Father, thank you for turning this situation around and bring such a good blessing from it. May this experience demonstrate to the believers (and unbelievers) that You, the true and living God, are faithful and worthy to be trusted always. Draw more Muslims to Christ through the church, dreams, visions, or any other way. Thank you! Amen
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Thank you God for your grace and kindness to these believers. May they continue to walk closely with you by faith.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Thank You Father for this little church and their devotion to You and to each other. Thank You for providing this land where they can make a place to gather for worship and fellowship. May the presence of that building & the church continue to serve as witnesses to Your love and faithfulness. Draw many of their persecutors to want to know You too.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."-Gen 50:20. Through persecution, we thrive with God's protection and assistance. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28. Amen.
    Kira F - USA
  • Praise Your Name, OLORD! May Your Name be glorified in all of Ethiopia. Thank you for the faith of these believers who have endured hardship, and been a witness to their neighbors. Continue to work miracles in the lives of these people. Show them your love & forgiveness. May our prayer for our friends in Ethiopia be a blessing & strength to them. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father. We praise you for your faithfulness. Please continue to grow your Church with new believers. In Jesus's name. Amen.
    Karen C - USA
  • Father, Thank you for the growth of this church that has faced such great opposition. Thank you for the witness they have been to those who were persecuting them. I pray that the believers in this church will continue to grow in faith and in number.
    Betty D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our Ethiopian brothers and sisters and their willingness to follow You despite intense persecution and opposition. I pray that they would grow closer to You each day, knowing that You will provide for their every need. May they be an example to those around them, a testament of Your love and faithfulness. May they continue to grow.
    Lysander S - USA
  • In name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, Eternal King, as brothers and sisters in Christ we glorify You for faithfulness of Ethiopian believers at this church. We ask for Word of God to continue to spread, a hedge of protection be upon them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. So Be It. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear God. I celebrate these faithful Ethiopians and ask that you give them strength, resources, clarity and growth to bring many more Ethiopians to know you, your son and the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Greg M - USA
  • Holy Father, bless Your children who continued in their faithfulness to You. Let their light and salt continue to grace those around them so that those in darkness will come out into the light of Your salvation. May Your family continue to grow, and may Your name be glorified forever! In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Lord we praise You for the provision of a new worship space and we pray that You would protect it and guide them into Your goodness. I pray for the new space to have an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and divine appointment. I pray Lord for Your wisdom to fall on those who preach and teach in the space and for peace to anoint them in moving forward.
    Joy H - USA
  • Glory to you Lord, thank you for this new place to worship. May you continue your work through the redeemed in Eastern Ethiopia, despite all persecution. Let their number keep multiplying, and their testimony to shine your marvelous light onto the darkness around them; in Jesus' name, amen!
    Edwin P - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in eastern Ethiopia: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Muslims, particularly their attackers, to Jesus & may the believers grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • All praise and glory to our risen King. May the believers in this church be a light to all the others in their region to come to Christ. Lord God protect them and build a hedge around their church.
    Paul M - USA
  • Jesus thank you for your amazing grace as you have provided a place for worship for these faithful believers. May their example lead many into the Kingdom. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Ethiopia,, a land who has rejected Your Light Lord, continues to see people come to a saving knowledge of You. We want to praise You for this. We lift up our brothers and sisters there. Grant them peace, joy,, strength for each new day. Place Your hand of protection over them. Encourage their hearts through Your Word Daily. They are not forgotten
    kathleen r - USA
  • Praying for Christians and persecuted Christians throughout the world.
    Nicky C - USA
  • Thank you Lord for the the body of Christ that helps fellow believers. Thank you for the growth in this church! That you that Your presence was felt among them during this trial! Father we pray that these precious believers will continue to grow in their faith & in size. Please bring many to faith in their community including their persecutors.
    Sharon P - USA
  • Father God, I come on behalf of my Brother and Sisters in Ethopia. I thank you for opening a door that they may worship you freely. I ask that continue to bring others that looking to dedicate their lives to you also. We seek forgiveness for the Muslims for trying to prevent them for worshipping you. And soon they too will be worshipping you. Amen.
    Sonja L - USA
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