Yimenu's home and businesses were destroyed by Islamist mobs.
Yimenu's home and businesses were destroyed by Islamist mobs.
Sep. 30, 2021 | Ethiopia

Islamists Attack Christian Man's Home and Businesses

[218] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Yimenu.

Yimenu was one of the wealthiest merchants of a small town not far from Shashemane, the administrative city of West Arsi Zone in southern Ethiopia. A father of five and elder of his local church, Yimenu, along with his family, was targeted in 2020 by Muslim mobs who destroyed his home and businesses. "The attackers came not only to loot and burn property, but also to kill us," said Yimenu, who hid with his family at a friend’s house during the attack. "But God protected us." After the attack, Yimenu's family struggled to meet their basic needs. When VOM workers learned about Yimenu's situation, they supported him and helped him provide food for his family. "We lost hope when everything was gone. Our loss was significant," he said. "But God did not forget us. We felt God's presence." Pray for Yimenu and his family while they rebuild their lives. Pray that he is able to find a new source of income after the loss of his businesses. Pray that they remain firm in their faith, and pray that they will be able to show love and forgiveness to those who persecuted them.

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  • Father, for you have "raise up the former devastation" of your temple, please help Yimenu and his family to rebuild their home. For you have "restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob", please allow them to come by in your Providence to receive new source of income. Make firmer their faith because they hold you tightly. May they love & forgive like JC
    Jonathan C - Hong Kong
  • Father, I pray for my brother and his family. i can only imagine the pain and frustration they are feeling. Lord, help him not lose heart, help him and his family keep their eye on eternity, help them feel the joy Paul and Silas felt. I pray you supply him with work and a home. I pray for the men who did this; open their eyes to truth. deal w them.
    polly c - USA
  • My the steadfast Christian perseverance of Yimenu and his family be a witness even to those who destroyed their livelihood that draws many to the message of Christ. May Yimenu and his family find a new livelihood amidst their persecution.
    Tom H - USA
  • Lord protect your children and their property. Open doors where doors have been closed. Save us all. Amen.
    Ajanigo O - USA
  • In the delivering name of Yeshua, our heavenly Father, Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we glorify You for faithfulness of Yimenu. We pray for provision, for a hedge of protection on him and angels directly from heaven to minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we pray for our brother in Christ, Yimenu, and ask that You show Yourself mighty to save on his behalf. May Your Holy Spirit reveal to Yimenu a source of income to provide for his family's needs. Encourage Yimenu as he follows Jesus and does what is pleasing in Your sight. May Yimenu extend forgiveness to others just as You have forgiven him.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, we want to be like Yimenu and be willing to lose all of our material possessions for the sake of your name. Thank you for his example, which shows us you are present even when the unimaginable happens. And now please sustain him, give him a new sense of ambition, and provide him with what he needs to start over with forgiveness and dignity.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Thank You for the ways You are providing for Yimenu. May he and his family continue to see Your provision for their needs, and may they grow in their faith as they suffer. Please keep them unified with one another, and may they draw strength and comfort from Your word. I ask that they would have Your forgiveness and love for their persecutors.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Heavenly Father I pray for Yimenu and his family. I praise You for his faith and I pray for Your provision Jehovah Jireh. Lord be his strength through these trials. May You be glorified in Yimenu and may he be light and salt to his persecutors. I praise You for all You will do in and through Yimenu and his family.
    Lori L - USA
  • Precious Lord, Your word says all that live Godly will suffer persecution. These, your children are suffering just that in your name. Please Father, give strength, peace and joy to these, your children, as they suffer persecution for being your child and may you bless them openly for their faithfulness. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. MARANATHA
    Della H - USA
  • Holy God, I pray for brother Yimenu and his family that let there be restoration of livelihoods in his life. Bless him indeed and enlarge his territory, let your hand be with him and keep him from evil so that he may not cause pain. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • n the great name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, our awesome God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we bless You for faithfulness of Yimenu and family. We ask for healing, for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Holy Father, heal the heart of brother Yimenu and his family. May the hope that was lost be restored as they seek to rebuild their lives. Keep the enemy of Pain, Hurt and Revenge far from them as they work to forgive those who hurt them. May their faithfulness to You be a witness to those who need Jesus. In His name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Father I lift up this family to you and pray you will meet all their needs , thankyou that they are staying strong in their faith and continuing to worship you , I pray for their protection and that they will feel your presence surrounding them .......... Amen
    Hilary M - USA
  • Lord, we pray for this family who has lost much for your sake, but has gained eternal reward for their continued faith in you. Please strengthen that faith and help them to love and forgive by the power of your Spirit. Provide for their needs, Lord, and give them courage as they find a new source of income. Encourage their hearts, we pray.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Out Father, what a mistake from these islamists. Only fools wage war against their Maker. Please send calls of faith and save them. Give them wisdom to repent and understanding to depart from evil. Save them. We thank You for Yimenu. Please strengthen him in faith and let him get double the amount he lost. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of Yimenu and his family. I ask that you will help him find a new source of income. Help him to forgive his attackers and bless him as he continues to believe. Let them be firm in their faith and help him to love those Muslims who have made his life difficult. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Almighty God, we praise you for protecting Yimenu & his family. We ask that you grant them peace, hope and a deeper faith in You. During this trial, may their resilient faith in You bring you glory. Remind them of your promise that nothing is too difficult for You. May their lives share Your love and hope as provisions are met. In Jesus name Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Father I lift up Yimenu & his family for comfort. Please continue to provide for his family and show them Your path moving forward. Please protect their hearts from bitterness, Lord; help them to forgive their attackers and remain strong in their faith. Restore, I ask, all that the enemy has stolen. May they be salt and light. In Jesus's name, amen.
    Beth G - USA
  • Father, I lift up Yimenu and his family to You. Please bring provision and protection. Ultimately, protect His heart from the enemy. Keep him strong. Give them all strength to run the race set before them. Lord, we ask that in the end Yimenu and his family would remain faithful and receive more-fold what they lost, like Job. In Your name we pray, amen.
    Esther S - USA
  • Father thank you for providing for Yimenu during these difficult days of loss. Help him to see that as the head of the household he has not failed his family. May these events serve to draw them closer together as a family and each one closer in their love for you. Please help him establish himself once again for your glory.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Lord I lift up Yimenu and his family and pray for provision for them. I pray You would restore tenfold what they had and they would have great faith in You in the process. I pray that their roots of faith would grow strong and that Your hand would hold them. I pray for believers around them to help them and come together to bless one another.
    Joy H - USA
  • Eternal Father, bless Yimenu and his family. Strengthen them in their faith and let them focus on You. Provide for their needs according to Your riches and glory. Open their hearts to seek Your will. Let them pray for the salvation of those that persecuted them. Let him find a new source of income and be guided by the Holy Spirit in all things. Amen.
    Andre K - USA
  • God, I pray for Yimenu and his family. I pray for their continued faithfulness. I am very thankful they were protected from physical harm, and for the support provided them by VOM. I pray they will continue to feel Your presence as they seek to rebuild their lives. I pray You will lead Yimenu as he seeks to provide an income to support his family.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Lord, I pray for this man. He has lost so much and I pray that he will be blessed for that. I pray that he would know that while he may not get rewarded for standing with You in this lifetime, he will get rewarded where it matters, in heaven. Please give this man courage and strength. Amen
    Heather O - USA
  • Our Father through your grace help Yimenu and his family rebuild their lives with the help of his church. Working through your church provide a new source of income for Yimenu and his family. All the while fill them with your strength to remain strong in our Faith in you. Though persecuted, keep the light of your love bright in their hearts. In Jesus.
    Paul M - USA
  • Oh God, please give Yimenu and his family insight into the purpose of his suffering, so that they can forgive and bear up under it. Please give them a special sense of your closeness and care for them, that you are FOR them and not against them, and as they trust you, you will be their Shepherd and Defender! Thank you for their witness!
    Margaret M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, we are so sad about what has happened here fir Yimenu and his family. We ask that you please work it out for good. Please lead others to you, please help this family forgive in time, and please provide for them. We care for them. In Jesus'' name, Amen
    Alice D - USA
  • Father, show mercy to Yemeni, his family, & the other believers in Ethiopia. Glorify Jesus in the midst of this hate & chaos. Provide for their physical & spiritual needs. Direct their path to a new life. May their faith grow stronger as they watch Your power working for those who love You. May their loss be made into blessings. For Jesus sake, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Lord God I lift up Yimenu & his family in the name of Jesus! Thank You for Your deep Love' Thank You for their heart, mind, soul & strength fixed on You Jesus! God all that we have Your hand provides! Lord restore & provide more than enough for Yimenu & his family! Let them rebuild speedily! Give their enemies eyes to see & hearts to receive You Jesus!
    Kisha M - USA
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