The four orphaned children
The four orphaned children
Jan. 19, 2023 | Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Children of Martyred Missionaries in Danger

[187] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Children of Kanyamanda and Odette.

Islamic militant groups have declared parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under Islamic law, and militias have kidnapped, enslaved or killed Christians. In October 2014, Islamists attacked a town where Pastor Kanyamanda and his wife, Odette, served as local Christian missionaries to a remote tribe. The militants killed 19 people in the neighboring town, then traveled to Kanyamanda’s and Odette’s village. There they tricked Pastor Kanyamada into leaving his home, killed him, and then went inside to kill Odette. Odette had hidden their children before she was taken, and all four of their children survived. Fourteen additional villagers, mostly members of the couple’s church, were also murdered in that attack. VOM has helped provide for the surviving children and their adult caregivers, but they live in an area that still experiences occasional militia violence.

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  • Oh Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, these people are in turmoil, and they need Your help, and they need Your presence, they need Your comfort!
    christine s - USA
  • Lord,
    Our hearts cry out for the children of the martyrs. Thank You for the faithful witness of their families who were obedient even unto death. Your Word does not return void. We know that You will generously reward their faithfulness. May You comfort and provide for all of the needs of their children. Please keep them safe from harm in Your hands.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father, thank you for preserving the lives of Kanyamanda and Odette's beautiful children. Prepare them to be wives of Christian leaders and pastors. Cause the gospel to thrive and its influence to know no boundaries in the midst of persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cause youths to be discouraged by the brutalities of Islamic radicals
    Danae V - USA
  • Father please comfort and heal these children. Please give them faith and hope in Jesus for their future.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Heavenly Abba, thank You for Kanyamanda and Odette's faithful service to You up until their death. Now their children need Your help to navigate this tragedy that has happened to them in the lost of their parents. Please supply all their needs in all areas of their lives, in Jesus mighty name, Amen!
    Angelina J - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray in total agreement with the prayer posted by Gary F of the USA. In Jesus Name. Amen
    Jim E - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Counselor, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of children of Kanyamanda and Odette. We ask for comfort, for peace, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Our Father, protect the children of Kanyamanda and Odette. Place a hedge of safety around them, and those who are caring for them. May Your word go out and penetrate the hearts that are living in darkness. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Oh Lord God, I pray for these sweet children, that they would be comforted by Your power and that they would receive the help they need to truly grieve and heal. May their caregivers know how to lead and love them in the midst of this deep sorrow. Please protect them and give them Your peace as they live surrounded by continued violence.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for comfort, peace, and protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can take comfort that the Lord is working. He is in control and His Will will be done. We can only plant the seed, the Lord will reap the harvest. We will continue to pray. Stand firm, Jesus is coming soon!
    Susan R - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our Mediator, our heavenly Father, Elohim, God of all, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of children of Kanyamanda and Odette. We praise You that Jesus and Holy Spirit are mediating for them. We ask of a hedge of protection, and angels from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, you be the good Father that these children need. Please may the church be as close as biological family to them. May they continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and trust You fully. Thank you for how much you love them and caring for them and will continue to work in their lives. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, our momentary light affliction pails in comparison to the persecution that our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere throughout the world face on a daily basis. Forgive us in the United States for not coming alongside our persecuted and martyred family members and bearing their burdens in Jesus' name.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Heavenly Father I commit these children to your mercy and thank you for your great mercies up to now, but they need your care constantly as they grows into adulthood be there for them be their provider director, cover all these orphans over the world be their guardian parents and provider thru out their days until you call them home in Jesus na,me
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Father, I place these orphans in your hands. I ask you to comfort them and strengthen them. I pray they see the importance of the work their parents were doing and continue on sharing your love. I pray you watch over them, provide for them, bless them. Lord, protect and guide your children. Speak to the hearts of those lost, open their eyes to truth.
    polly c - USA
  • God, I pray these four children would continue growing up trusting in You for their salvation. I pray You would provide for all their earthly needs, and provide them with mentors who can help with their religious upbringing. I pray the Islamic militants who committed these barbaric acts would repent and seek forgiveness, before facing the One True God.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray you will comfort the children of Kanyamanda and Odette and thank You, God, that these children survived. I pray Your presence, peace, comfort, and strength for these children and their caregivers. I ask You to protect them from further attack and trauma from these militants and that these militants come to Christ as Savior.
  • In the loving name of Jesus. our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of children of Odett and Kanyamanda. We praise You they are standing firm. We ask for provision, for comfort, a hedge of protection, and angels from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Oh Father thank You for protecting these children, give them peace please, give them strength and let them feel Your love towards them. I pray for strength in their faith, I pray for the neighboring members of Your church Father that they too are also safe, loved and protected. Please bring them out of there Father. In Jesus name amen!
    Shelly L - USA
  • Take these children & continue to speak your truth & your sure promises over them that you are there.That they have a father that you are protecting them & journey with them & will never leave them or for sake them that you are trustworthy & working good through all things even this, give them hope & rest in peace in you.Give them a testimony of praise
    Atacy U - USA
  • Heavenly Father, my heart, like Yours, breaks from the horrific crimes against Your children. Lord, bring protection, comfort and peace to the children of Kanyamanda and rescue Odette from the hands of her persecutors. Soften the hearts of the unbelievers and move them to seek Your face and forgiveness. Rescue your children, Lord, in Jesus name AMEN!
    Rose M - USA
  • Father God, I lift up my sister Odette and her children and all the families that have suffered such terrible loss of life. Please comfort these believers with Your peace, joy and forgiveness as only You can give. Let these believers feel Your Presence through the hearing and study of Your Word and keep them strong in You and remove all fear. Amen
    Sarah H - USA
  • Oh Father, it is so devastating to read about the children who have lost their parents and so many others were murdered as well. Give these children a deep sense of Your Presence and may they cling to you and each other as they mourn this tremendous loss. Thank you for VOM who is helping provide their needs. Protect them from any further violence.
    Betty D - USA
  • Lord, we know how precious children are to you, and we plead with you to care for and protect these young ones. May they know you as their Savior and Father, and fill them with the love and security that comes from being safe in your hands. May they grow up free from fear and bitterness and live in the freedom and joy of your salvation.
    Jackie V - USA
  • I thank VOM for their work against evil in the eastern world. There is no other group that tackles this increasing evil by helping the CHRISTIANS to survive and multiple. I ask my FATHER in heaven to protect HIS persecuted children even in the threat of myrtadom. May the HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST grow by leaps and bounds, especially against evil.
    Bobby C - USA
  • Lord I grieve with these children who have lost their parents and I pray for all that they need to be provided for. I pray Lord for you to heal memories of their parents and for You to save the good memories and erase the trauma of what has happened. I pray those who have killed them to be remorseful and to meet to Jesus and be changed by it.
    Joy H - USA
  • Holy Father, you are slow to anger and allow opportunity for repentance and for those who don't repent justice and holy vengeance will come. Block all the plans of the enemy to hurt the children of Kanyamanda and Odette. Give them the strength of a godly legacy. Heal them from this trauma.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Father, I pray for these young ones. May they grow strong in Christ in the midst of these great hardships of growing up without a father and mother. Lord, may these young ones grow up to be strong for the Lord in this area of the Congo. You have them there Father. May they seek You for their needs and for the work of the ministry You have for them.
    joey S - USA
  • Dear Lord, We praise you for Kanyamanda and Odette, now martyrs with you in glory. We lift up their precious children. Please give them mighty lives full of love & strength for you. And please bless the Democratic Republic of Congo: bring down Islam and terrorism, give dreams and visions to those who are or have been persecutors. Let love prevail. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Father God,
    Praise You that precious in Your sight is the blood of Your saints!Thank You that they are with You! Praise You that Kanyamanda's and Odette's children are safe. Comfort my brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones. Praise You for providing for the children and their adult caregivers.Hide them in the shadow of Your wings. In Jesus
    Debbie D - USA
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