"Mother Toltu"'s church was destroyed by religious extremists.
"Mother Toltu"'s church was destroyed by religious extremists.
Oct. 21, 2021 | Ethiopia

Congregation Rejoices At New Building

[234] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Congregation in the Oromo region.

"Mother Toltu" was raised as a follower of the Oromo traditional religion, but she committed her life to following Christ when she heard the gospel for the first time. She donated a plot of land from her property to be used for a church, and several other believers contributed funds to the construction of a church as well. However, a mob of local Oromo religious groups attacked the believers and tore down the church they had built. With VOM's support, the church building was reconstructed in 2021. "Because we live in the countryside, we don't know people that can help us. All we could do was pray to God," one of the believers said. "God has heard our prayers and sent you to help us." After construction had ended, local church leaders visited the congregation to see the new church building. "Mother Toltu praised God for the support given to them and expressed her happiness for seeing the rebuilding of the church," a front-line worker said. Pray that God will bless this congregation as they meet in their new church building. Pray that the new structure will show Christ to those who tore down the original church building, and pray that they may seek God and find life in Christ.

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Write your own prayer for Congregation in the Oromo region

  • Lord, for the believers in the Oromo region, we pray for your power and presence. Please encourage them and bring many more people to Christ as a result of their witness. Open eyes to the gospel, and bring believers to complete unity through your Spirit. Protect their building and their congregation. Be glorified in this community, Lord!
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father God we pray for this building to stand for your son Jesus and his sacrifice. May all who see this church know there is hope in Jesus, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Heavenly Father
    I pray that the congregation may grow in wisdom and the fear of the Lord
    May they bear much fruit for Your name
    Please keep them from evil
    And let their faith not fail
    Please open the eyes of the Oromo religious groups so that they will see the beauty of Christ and may the government repent
    Renato V - Netherlands
  • Jesus, thank you for this wonderful lady. Bless Mother Toltu. Bring many in Oromo to faith in Jesus because of her testimony and generosity. Protect the Christians in Oromo. Send a great outpouring of Your Holy Spirit to give them wisdom, discernment and joy.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, I pray your blessing and protection on this church and those who attend. I pray you deal with the hearts of those that destroyed the first one. I pray they see your love and allow you to change their hearts. Give Mother Toltu and your children wisdom in dealing with those who oppose them. Spirit convict as you did her heart. In Jesus name
    polly c - USA
  • Father, thank you for how you have provided for this church another building. I thank you for what you have done in the lives of those in this village. I ask that you bless the congregation, growing them in the knowledge and the love of Christ. Accomplishing through them your perfect will. Touch and change the hearts of those around them.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father
    We praise You for how You're at work! We ask Your blessings on the congregation & on Mother Tulto as they bold stand for You. May the building be a testament to all who see it that You are God, that You rebuild what is torn down on chuches as well as in lives! Let many come to know You in a powerful way!
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, praise you for enabling Mother Toltu to rebuilding your church like how you touched Nehemiah's heart and enable him to rebuild your temple. Please continue to bless this congregation as they worship and praise you in the new church building you blessed them with. May the oneness of this congregation shows and brings the vandals to Christ. Amen
    Jonathan C - Hong Kong
  • Thank You for these believers and their desire to follow You. Thank You for providing a new building for them, and I pray that they would grow and mature greatly in the faith as they gather together. May those who oppose them be drawn to the truth of Your gospel as they witness the lives of Your people, and may they come to know You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, thank You for this beautiful new church. We ask You to bless the congregation who meets together here and may it stand for a long time in this area pointing people to Jesus. May those who tore down the old church structure understand that You want this church here and may it draw them to desire to know the Desire of the nations. Guard and keep
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I thank you with my brothers and sisters for this new church building. Thank you for providing as you are the One who owns all things. May the believers continue to grow in faith and numbers. May many more be drawn to Jesus. Please protect your church. Thank you! Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father God, I praise You for VOM in constructing "Mother Toltu's" church and bless her for her quickness to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to serve Him so devotedly. Many of us wish our relatives had done the same while still praying for them even decades later. Forgive them Father and may ALL "seek God and find life in Christ!"
    Kathy G - USA
  • Almighty God and Father of Heaven and Earth hear our prayers. Lord, bless this congregation as they meet in their new church building. We pray that the new structure will show Christ to those who tore down the original church building, and pray that they may seek God and find life in Christ.In King Jesus Name and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Lord I pray for the foundation of this new church to be one that You are able to stand on and one that can point so many to You. I pray they stay grounded on the Bible and the Word as You intend it. I pray for Your hand to be upon them and for praise and worship to fill the building. I pray for Your heart to be what spurs them on and for more of YOu.
    Joy H - USA
  • Holy Father, thank You for the blessing of land, and now a building for your children to gather in. May their love for You and others draw others to You, In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for the faithfulness of this congregation in Oromo region, we ask for a hedge of protection on them and heavenly beings to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father i thank you for this congregation and their leadership and I pray that you will strengthen them as never before so that your name will be glorified and your light will shine in a place In need of your love. I pray this church is protected by your spirit and I pray that it serves as a refuge for the lost to learn The Gospel, Amen
    Amanda H - USA
  • Thank you Lord for providing a new church building for this congregation. I also pray that you protect the congregation as they meet and that the believers would grow spiritually and others will see that their faith is in the one and only True God who saves and that they will want to also believe. Please provide for the material needs also. Amen
    John S - USA
  • Thankyou Father for answered prayers for these precious believers please continue to bless them and may they be strong in their faith in the face of persecution .............Amen
    Hilary M - USA
  • Thank you, Lord for providing for our brothers' and sisters' needs.
    Debbie V - USA
  • In the love of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God of mercy and comfort, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of church in Oromo region. We ask for mercy and justice for them, for hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of this congregation and their willingness to persevere. Please bless them as they use this new building to worship you. I pray that you would use their faith to bring your truth to the other Oromo practitioners. Let them showcase Christ through all the persecutions. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this congregation in the Oromo region: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain them as they meet in their new church building. May those who tore down the original church building meet Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Mother Toltu and the congregation of believers in the Oromo region. Thank You that fellow Christians could help them in rebuilding their church building. I ask that You would bless this congregation as they meet and that the new structure will show Christ to those who tore down the original building; may they seek and find life.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for Mother Toltu and fellow believers in Ethiopia. They stepped out on faith desiring a place to worship You and built a church. I praise You that they sought Your help in time of need and You answered their prayers! Bless this church body and let Your light be evident, drawing unbelievers to salvation thru Christ Jesus!
    Peg B - USA
  • Father, thank you for faithfulness in small things that this congregation shows. Thank you for bringing support. Let these be the seeds for great growth.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Father God, I thank you that you have provided for this community of believers in Oromo to have their own church building and for the generosity of Mother Toltu and the many workers who helped. I pray that they would be a light shining on a hill and giving hope to many as they share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.Draw them to Jesus.
    Julia F - USA
  • Our Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing for the ministry of the newly rebuilt church and may the church and congregation be a witness to those who tore the original church down. May they come to know you as their Lord and Savior. In Jesus name, Amen
    Steve P - USA
  • O God, we praise you for converting the heart of Toltu and working in her heart to share your blessings to further your Kingdom work. As they worship together in new building, bless their meetings and may their lives be a witness for Jesus in their communities. May those who oppose them see, have hearts softened and changed to glorify you. Amen ps
    Patricia S - USA
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