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

[266] prayers in [17] 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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  • Father we bless your most wonderful name! Be thou glorified forever and ever for sustaining your Church in Eastern Ethiopia LORD! May your special grace continue to abide with them abundantly may they never give up nomatter the situation rather may you continue to increase them from glory to glory foward ever and backwards never in JESUS mighty name Am
    Chima U - Switzerland
  • Thank You, Father, for doing what you do best, i.e., helping Your Church. Continue to build your body.
    Gustav J - USA
  • Father thank You for the Church in Ethiopia. I pray that more Ethiopians would come to faith in You. I pray that Your Word would spread throughout Ethiopia and beyond. I praise You for Your faithfulness and pray that You would help believers there be a light for You. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Praise God on the strength of these Believers and their Faithfulness to out Lord and Savior. May their walk in Christ bring others in this region to a personal relationship to the Holy Trinity.
    Alfred H - USA
  • Thank You, Jesus, for these faithful followers! I ask You to continue to bless them with Your presence and provision, letting all those who are observing see the goodness of God. May their persecutors continue to be in awe of Your works and convicted by Your Spirit. Increase Your kingdom in Ethiopia!
    Gina A - USA
  • Praise the Lord
    michele r - USA
  • Lord, thank You for working a miracle in this situation and strengthening these believers' faith. I just praise You for all that You are doing in their midst. May Your Spirit engage and encourage and may their numbers grow as Love breaks through the darkness of Islam. Please appear in dreams to those who are persecuting them. Draw many to Yourself!
    Amy G - USA
  • Father, how wonderful your children are faithful and shine so brightly in this dark world. I pray you bless them and strengthen them. Speak to the hearts of those around them, open their eyes to the truth. Guide your children, give them wisdom.
    polly c - USA
  • Thank You for sustaining these believers in the midst of persecution and using their faith as a witness to their persecutors. Please enable them to continue walking faithfully and to show supernatural love and forgiveness to those who hurt them. May You add many believers to their number through their transformed lives.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father God, keep this church alive! Grow it and show the Muslim's that there is a real and true God who takes care of his people, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Father God, only You can "shock" the wicked as they see the love and faith of Your people in Christ. I praise You for the growing church in E. Ethiopia. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may it increase and bring many more, even those who are "shocked." Thank You Lord and please bless the believers who helped from "outside" the area. You are God!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father again we get to come before You on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and the great work You are doing in the calling forth Your children out of death into life continue to guide bless & provide all that You have for them and continue to use them to continue Your Kingdom building
    Dennie L - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for great faith of Ethiopian believers. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels from heaven to minister to them. So Be It. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • IN YOUR NAME MASTER JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH AMEN
    Terrell A - USA
  • -LORD YOU RECEIVE ALL THE GLORY AND HONOR NO MATTER WHAT !!! PLEASE ALLOW YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO BE INSIDE YOUR CHILDREN !! ALLOW THEM TO BE ON FIRE FOR YOUR WORD !!LET YOUR WORD TOUCH THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO OPPOSES YOU !!
    PLEASE ALLOW YOUR CONGREGATION MADE UP OF MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO SHALL SPEAK YOUR WORD !
    Terrell A - USA
  • MIGHTY AND HOLY GOD PERFECT IN EVERYTHING ! LORD BLESS MY CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTERS WITH YOUR LOVE , YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT , YOUR WISDOM , YOUR PEACE , YOUR COURAGE, YOUR HOPE , YOUR PROTECTION , PLUS YOUR PROVISION !!
    FATHER THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK ! FROM THE REAL ENEMY ! LORD GO AHEAD OF THEM ! IN ALL THEY DO ! ALLOW YOUR WORD TO GET THE VICTORY
    Terrell A - USA
  • Lord Jesus strengthen our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ over seas strengthen us lord Jesus . In Jesus name i pray amein.
    Nickolas C - USA
  • Yes Lord Yes!! Nothing can stop you Father! How mighty you are and how good you take care of your children! Lord I pray this church will always be surrounded by Your protection and may they proclaim Your glory to all their neighbors!
    Corinna H - USA
  • Oh Father, please protect this congregation and their new church building from harm. Thank You for the Believers' perseverence and may their faith grow ever stronger with each passing day. Thank You for being such a faithful God who cares for Your children. Please bring a great revival and awakening to Ethiopia!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Lord I lift my persecuted brothers & sister around the world especially here in Ethiopia. They are a great example of standing strong in their faith despite the persecution around them. Please continue to strengthen their walks with you, open the eyes of the blind unbelievers, & grow this gospel bring an awakening please Lord Jesus! Thank you, AMEN!
    Niccole E - USA
  • In the great name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, as brothers and sisters in Christ we unite our hearts in prayer for Ethiopian believers with new church. We praise You for their faithfulness. We praise You that they got up and walked spiritually. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. So be it.
    Gary F - 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, thank You that You are keeping Your promise to build Your church, regardless of man's plans. We ask Your richest blessings on this faithful congregation and pray they will remain and grow even stronger in their faith. May their pastor lead them in growing in the love of Christ and knowledge of God. May they be eager more and more to bear fruit
    Gail M - USA
  • Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!! So thankful, Lord God, for the work you are doing in Ethiopia and the witness of these precious brothers and sisters in Christ to others in their community. Thank you for Your faithfulness and for the equipping from other believers that helped these Christians to build a new church. Thank you for the new believ
    Julia F - USA
  • Father, it is encouraging to hear of the steadfastness of these believers. Please continue to give them strength and faith and help them not to fear, but to have confidence in your Sovereign care over them. I thank you for how you have opened up a place to worship and how the church is growing. Please cause them to grow daily in truth and Christ.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! May all His children be filled with His joy, His praise and be brave in the face of all persecution, all adversaries, all evil. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
    Della H - USA
  • Thank You, LORD for Your faithfulness, for this development. May the Muslims who are against You come to faith in Christ.

    My brothers and sisters, may God bless you and keep you strong in faith and fellowship. In Jesus' Name. Thank You. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • 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
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