The remains of Alimayu's cafe after rioters attacked his business.
The remains of Alimayu's cafe after rioters attacked his business.
Aug. 19, 2021 | Ethiopia

Christian Man Loses Livelihood in Riot Attack

[176] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Alimayu.

Alimayu grew up in in a Christian home in the northern part of Ethiopia. As a young man, he placed his faith in Christ and became an active member of a local church. He is married with two children, and he runs a small café in Shashemane. In July, youth mobs destroyed Alimayu's business in riots that targeted the homes and businesses of non-indigenous people and Christians. Alimayu's café was severely damaged, and all of his property was destroyed. "When the attack began, we hid to save my children's lives," he said. "Days later, I saw that all my property in the café was burnt down. I was very upset and frustrated." Alimayu has struggled to make ends meet since the attack, but the support he's received from VOM and from his local church has helped him to not lose hope. "My pastor's prayers and counsel supported my heart. I began to trust in God," he said. "With the money I was given [by VOM], I was able to pay for food and rent." Pray that Alimayu's livelihood will be restored and that his needs will be met. Pray that his faith remains firm amid his ongoing trials.

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  • Dear Jesus, please help Alimayu be able to have a means of supporting his family which was stollen from him. Thank you for his faith in You. Please give him hope, comfort and another cafe.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, it is sad to hear of the destruction that has come to Alimayu's business. I thank you that you have given him and his family the means to keep going and pray that you will continue to move mightily in their behalf. Please enable him to be able to rebuild and give him and his family much faith and hope and healing in this matter.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Father, we weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. We weep for Alimayu for his losses, and rejoice in that You have provided for him and his family. May he live in hope and his love for You grow deeper as he experiences Your faithfulness in the midst of his trials. Thank You for the Body of Christ who have come alongside of him.
    Toni D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thankyou for providing hope & provision for Alimayu & his family after this devastating attack on his business& livelihood. Thankyou for protecting them from physical harm. May the Holy Spirit fill him with wisdom, peace & love toward those who persecute him. Give him grace to have forgiveness in his heart the desire to pray for them
    Tracey B - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father
    We pray for our brother, Alimayu, & for his family, as they endure this loss of their business & property. We ask that their livelihood would be restored through Your power. Provide for all their needs, physical and spiritual. Speak to them, let them know that they are not alone, not for a single moment.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, Praise you for sending frontline VOM workers to aid Christians, particularly Alimayu and his family. Give him hope and encouragement. Grow his trust in you. Thank you for those who are praying for him as he rebuilds his livelihood. May the believers live in unity and strengthen eachother.
    Laurie P - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit, I place Alymayu & his family in my prayers and may You make your presence known in his life & also in the lives of his fellow Christians who are suffering at the hands of heathens & thugs in Ethiopia. Please stand fast with them as they stand fast with you.
    Their souls are saved by your grace alone. Amen
    Gary G - USA
  • Thank you for this man's faith. Please continue to provide for his family and keep his faith strong.
    emily g - USA
  • In the forgiving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, God Who sees, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we bless You for faithfulness of Alimayu. We ask for financial provision, that he not be deceived, a hedge of protection be upon him, and angels directly from heaven minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • In the marvelous name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ we adore You for faithfulness of Alimayu. We ask that she might know height and depth of Your love, a hedge of protection be upon her and angels directly from heaven minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God thou art true and. Faithful do stand byAlimayu in this stressful time, cover him. and his family under your sheltering wings, strengthened his resilience that he will not lost courage, but continue to lean on the Lord, Thou art a way maker do make a way out for them, don't allow Satan to prevail against your servant, or to globe over them
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Father God, in the name of Jesus who died for our sins, I ask for Your heavy hand on all rioters, looters, and violent attackers. Convict them of their sins until they repent! Please help and bless those who are oppressed and attacked for their faith in Jesus in Ethiopia and all over the world. Bless VOM for helping Alimayu. Encourage him dear Lord.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Help our brother Alimayu makes ends meet for his family and give him a new livelihood to support himself and his family.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Lord God,
    I pray for Alimayu. I pray that his livelihood will be restored and that he will experience your love and strength in a most impactful way. Please Lord help his faith to remain strong. In the powerful name of Jesus our Messiah, amen.
    Scott P - USA
  • In the giving name of jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, we praise You for faithfulness of Alimayu and family as they delight in You and stand for righteousness. As brothers and sisters in Christ we ask for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God, please provide for Alimayu and his family. Please make a way for them to live safely. Help them to remain strong in their faith and to see your great faithfulness in their lives. Bless them and protect them. I pray that you will reach these youths who do not understand salvation in Jesus. Teach them your gospel and draw them to yourself.
    Julia F - USA
  • Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matthew 5:11-12)

    Be strong and courageous Alimayu! If God be for you - who can be against you?
    JoAnne J - USA
  • Lord God pour out your heart and soul for the afflicted that in your son Jesus Christ they may find hope and comfort that endureth to everlasting life amen
    Freddi H - USA
  • Lord I pray for Alimayu and his family. I pray that his livelihood will be restored so that he can provide for his family. I pray You sustain him through persecution.
    scott L - USA
  • Lord, show Alimayu the way to provide for his family. Thank you for the love gifts you have provided him to pay his bills. Let him see the new thing you have for him. Raise up beauty for ashes. Your love has defeated the enemy.
    Lori R - USA
  • Father, we pray that Alimayu will not be disheartened because His property was destroyed in the riot. As difficult as it may be, enable Alimayu to extend unconditional love and forgiveness to those who caused the damage. Encourage Alimayu as he considers the path forward and provide him with the resources to be able to restore his livelihood once more.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, I pray for Alimayu in Ethiopia and that You will meet his needs. He has been persecuted for his faith in Christ and suffered the loss of business. Thank You for saving him and his family from the rioters. Thank You for his church and VOM help. Restore his business and protect his family from evil. Strengthen his faith amid these trials Lord.
    Alan G - USA
  • Dear God please bless Alimayu and his family! Father my heart goes out to him for what he has lost and what he might be feeling. Help him to draw near to you during his trials and his pain. Help him to know that you have the final say and vengeance is yours. Help him to rest in your peace and your unfailing love. Encourage him and strengthen him amen.
    TIffany T - USA
  • Abba Father Thank you for the faith of Alimayu. Thank you for the church and VOM's provision that he has been able to meet the needs of his family. Please help him to rebuild his business even better than before. May you be glorified as Alimayu is filled with peace, love and forgiveness toward his persecutors. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen
    Tammie J - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for Alimayu and his family. Thank you that you have good plans for them . Please encourage them in your Word and bless them in all ways. Please provide for them so they can support themselves. Please help them to forgive and pray for those who attacked them. Please turn this evil for good as only You can do.
    In Jesus,
    Am
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, we must trust you and keep our eyes on the eternal. That is not always easy but possible through your Spirit. I pray for Alimayu and his family. Help them not give up hope, help them keep their eyes on you, and remain faithful. I pray you strengthen them, provide for them. I pray you speak to the hearts of those who did this, open their eyes.
    polly c - USA
  • Father, I pray for these youths who are destroying the property of these believers that they would see Jesus and turn from their evil ways to know His love, His blessings! Protect and provide for these Christians and let no weapon formed against them prosper. Thank YOu for putting VOM in their lives and bless those who serve there! In Jesus' name
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Oh Father, I lift up Alimayhu and his family to you. Thank you that they did not suffer injury themselves. The devastation of losing his business and means of support was so difficult but thank you for the provision of funds from VOM to pay for food and rent. I pray that his livelihood will be restored and that his needs will be met.
    Betty D - USA
  • Dear Lord, I pray Your blessing and wisdom for Alimayu in his struggle to support his family. Thank You for the prayer support and counsel from his pastor, as well as the financial help from VOM. I pray that his heart will stay encouraged by the knowledge that many are praying for him, and that his needs will be met.
    Lynne W - USA
  • Lord, I pray for Alimayu as he continues to deal with the destruction of his business and livelihood. Help him overcome his discouragement. Please provide for him and his family in whatever way you see best. Help his faith to grow as they struggle through this difficult situation.
    Christa B - USA
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