Pastor Dereje's life has been threatened because of his bold witness for Christ.
Pastor Dereje's life has been threatened because of his bold witness for Christ.
Aug. 04, 2022 | Ethiopia

A Pastor's Bold Witness

[234] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Pastor Dereje.

Pastor Dereje came to faith in Christ 20 years ago through his friends’ Christian witness. Once he became a Christian, Dereje felt called to serve the Lord. As he witnessed about Christ throughout his community, a church gradually formed. As more and more people become believers, others in the community started opposing Dereje. They threatened to kill him if he did not stop evangelizing, and they refused to rent homes to any Christians. Eventually, he was attacked for his bold witness, suffering a broken leg. Though he can’t walk, he is still traveling from place to place to share the gospel. “I was called to serve the Lord,” he said. “I am ready to do so under any circumstances.” Pray that Dereje’s leg heals quickly, and pray that his community is receptive to the gospel.

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  • Father, your son, Dereje, is chosen by You, precious in Your sight. In Your great faithfulness and might, will you please provide all that you know Dereje needs now and in the future for what you have called him? Please give him Your wisdom, guidance, protection, comfort and encouragement, as he trusts Jesus fully to live in and through him. Thank you
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father please heal Pastor Dereje. May his continued witness see much fruit. Work mightily through him.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Dereje. We praise You that he is in Your hands. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank you God for Pastor Dereje, please God protect him, his loved ones and other Christians suffering persecution, frustrate the tokens of liars, and let not the plans of the evil ones prevail. Please grant him wisdom, strength, favor, boldness and heal him body soul and spirit and cause his community to be receptive to the gospel in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Thank you God for Pastor Dereje, please God protect him, his loved ones and other Christians suffering persecution, frustrate the tokens of liars, and let not the plans of the evil ones prevail. Please grant him wisdom, strength, favor, boldness and heal him body soul and spirit and cause his community to be receptive to the gospel in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Thank you God for Pastor Dereje, please God protect him, his loved ones and other Christians suffering persecution, frustrate the tokens of liars, and let not the plans of the evil ones prevail. Please grant him wisdom, strength, favor, boldness and heal him body soul and spirit and cause his community to be receptive to the gospel in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Thank you God for Pastor Dereje, please God protect him, his loved ones and other Christians suffering persecution, frustrate the tokens of liars, and let not the plans of the evil ones prevail. Please grant him wisdom, strength, favor, boldness and heal him body soul and spirit and cause his community to be receptive to the gospel in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Thank you God for Pastor Dereje, please God protect him, his loved ones and other Christians suffering persecution, frustrate the tokens of liars, and let not the plans of the evil ones prevail. Please grant him wisdom, strength, favor, boldness and heal him body soul and spirit and cause his community to be receptive to the gospel in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Dereje. We ask that his satisfaction be in Christ, a hedge of protection, and angels directly form heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord I pray for miraculous healing of Pastor Dereje's leg that shows Your power, glory and ability to care for Your children. I pray for his church to remain strong and for the cities he goes into to be ripe with open hearts ready for change. I pray for Your joy to be His strength and for the hope of eternity to give Him great perseverance and strength
    Joy H - USA
  • Lord, thank you for sparing Pastor Dereje's life. Please bring healing to his leg and surround him with your protection. Holy Spirit, please empower him with strength and boldness, give him wisdom in every circumstance and work in the hearts of those he shares the gospel with so hard hearts will be softened and spiritual eyes opened.
    Beatrice W - USA
  • Father, we intercede for Pastor Dereje and ask You to completely heal and restore his leg so that he has greater mobility to proclaim the good news. Thank You for Pastor Dereje's willingness to serve You and minister to others under any circumstances. As Pastor Dereje preaches Your Word, may it be received by those who have receptive hearts and minds.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Savior I Pray that Dereje's leg heals completely and that his community has a great encounter with the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And that the lost will hear Your word and be saved. Lord keep them encouraged, and protected as Your good news continues to spread through out these communities. Thank you LORD in Your name Jesus Amen️
    Nancy W - USA
  • Blessed Lord, thank you for Pastor Dereje's bold witness. May you continue to grant him the courage to persevere in proclaiming your gospel to the people in his area. Touch even the hearts of those who are now persecuting him that they too would accept Jesus as Lord of their lives. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Lord I pray instant healing over Dereje's leg. Let those around him see and hear of the healing and the joy that he has in You so that they put their faith and trust in You. Thank You for all the believers that faithfully serve you in this region. Give them a strong sense of community and strength. In Jesus's name.
    Alison M - USA
  • Our Father, bless Pastor Dereje with healing for his leg, and for strength as he ministers for You among hostility and persecution. May his life be a witness to those who need You. May many come to know Jesus as Savior. In His name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • ln the joy of the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Dereje. We ask for overflowing joy, a hedge of protection, and angels directly from heaven to encamp and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Almighty God you are to be praised for the faithful witness of Pastor Dereje. Thank you for your grace to help him stay strong against opposition. Heal his physical ailments and may his life be a living witness to those who oppose him. Draw those who oppose him to saving knowledge of Jesus. In Jesus name. Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Can I believe You, Father, for this, i.e., healing for this pastor and doors of blindness opened. Thank you, Lord, that it isn't my faith that causes you to do this, but your gracious faith in and through me.
    Gustav J - USA
  • Lord God Almighty let there be more like Pastor Dereje who will commit their lives to you. I pray that you reveal yourself as Jehovah Rapha the Lord that heals in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father I love the resolute countenance & my brother's statement he is ready to serve You under any circumstances. May this continue to be so as he grows in his boldness for You & from You. Guide him to those who are seeking You. We pray healing over his leg in YOur mighty Name. Blessings overflowing on his church, &may manyinthe community turntoYou
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father, thank you for the faithful witness of your child, Dereje and for sustaining his faith through this persecution. Lord, I declare complete healing of his broken leg, in the name of Jesus, to the extent that the rapidity of healing will serve to provide a testimony of the miraculous power of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Amen.
    Maria L - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for the faith and hope and bold witness of Pastor Dereje. Thank you that you go before him and have his back. Help him to fear only You and not man. Please heal his leg and help him to forgive and pray for those who persecute him.
    Help him to be a bright shining light for the gospel.
    In Jesus,
    Amen
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, yes, we ask for Pastor Dereje's swift healing physically and that he would grow even more bold and filled with love and grace to minister. May he find hearts ready to receive You. In Jesus' Name.
    janie b - USA
  • Father God, thank you for Dereje in Ethiopia and his total faith in you despite the persecution of attacks causing a broken leg and threats against his life. May his leg heal quickly. Please bring dreams and visions of you to his community so they will be receptive to the Gospel. In the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Lord, I pray for pastor Dereje; thank you for your love for your children. Lord, you allowed what happened to him for a good reason. Please allow his suffering to bring you honor and glory; grant him courage and boldness to face these challenges. Please bring him healing, and may his opponents come to know you and serve you. Thank you, in Jesus' name!
    Pearl N - USA
  • Lord God I pray healing for his leg. I also pray that you will continue to give him boldness and a heart of love for the lost. Lord let your Holy Spirit encourage him as well. In Jesus Christ's name, amen.
    Robbie C - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Jehovah Jireh, the God of all comfort, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Dereje. We ask for provision, for comfort, for hedge of protection, and angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, healer of body and author of wholeness, decend on this pastor in a new way today. May he find all he needs in you and see your might at work through these events. May many come to know you as satan is bound and your Spirit released through prayers. Blessings and salvation to Ethiopia, come Lord Jesus, come.
    kathy C - USA
  • Father,
    We thank Pastor Dereje for his faitfulness, Please continue to bless and keep him safe as he spreads your gospel throughout the land. We pray your devine healing over his leg that it is restored and moving even better than before. In Jesus name we pray

    Amen
    Mellene P - USA
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