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

[228] prayers in [20] 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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  • My Lord Jesus, Bless and hold Yimenu and his family. in Your mighty hands. Thank you for always keeping your promises to your children and always being with them. Strengthen their faith and give them peace through forgiving hearts. Impress upon Yimenu that You will prepare a table for them in front of their enemies and cause their cup to run over.
    Saba S - USA
  • Heavenly Father
    I pray that you Provide in my brother his needs
    Please have mercy upon him and give him a new home
    And give him food everyday
    Please bless him and open the eyes of the Muslims to the gospel
    You will judge the wicked and destroy all who hate You
    But You open the eyes of the blind and even faith is from You
    In Jesus name amen
    Renato V - Netherlands
  • Father God we lift up this family in prayer as they suffer for their love of Jesus. May your hand move upon this family and provide for their needs, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Dear Jesus, Yimenu has lost so much. Thank you for sparing his life and the lives of his family. You know all his needs. Open doors to him that he may support his family. Help him know that You have not forgotten him and that you care about all he has suffered. Help his family as they struggle to adjust and heal.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, thank You that in the loss of their possessions, You protected their lives. I ask You today over a year later, to continue to give them strength, wisdom and courage in the place where You have lead them. I ask You to enable them to forgive those who caused their loss, and to seek their good to bring them to faith in Jesus Christ. Thank You.
    Karen K - USA
  • Heavenly Father
    We pray for our brother, Yimenu and his family as they endure this persecution. We praise You for protecting them! And ask that You would strengthen and encourage them, that You would provide for their needs. Bless them for being willing to suffer for Your name's sake! Through You may they be able to forgive.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, please continue to meet the needs of Yimenu and his family. Give him a new income source that is something he can do well at and glorify You in doing. May the family trust Jesus fully. Give them wisdom and guidance for everyday life and the decisions they must make. Protect them from evil. Thank you for how you will work in their lives. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father God, we grieve with our brother who has suffered the loss of his business and his home and ask for You to grant him and his family otherworldly, supernatural peace in the midst of persecution and ask that the Body of Christ would rally to their assistance materially and emotionally such that the non-believing community would witness God's love.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Thank you God that you never forget your people. Please remind Yimenu and his family of your goodness and your presence with them as they work to rebuild your lives. May they be able to rejoice in suffering for the gospel and know that their reward in heaven is great.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, I thank you for the way you have provided for Yimenu and his family through this ordeal. Please continue to provide and to keep the family strong in Christ, knowing that you will take care of them. Please help Yimenu in rebuilding so that he can provide for his family. Give him much wisdom and meet every need.
    Vicki W - USA
  • 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
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