One of many vehicles and buildings destroyed by militant Islamists in Burkina Faso recently
One of many vehicles and buildings destroyed by militant Islamists in Burkina Faso recently
Feb. 02, 2023 | Burkina Faso

Christians Killed at Christmastime

[181] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Surviving family members.

On the day after Christmas in 2022, suspected Islamic militants attacked a Christian family in the village of Obire in Burkina Faso. The attackers shot into the house, killing four young people inside and injuring two others. The attackers then set the house on fire and stole motorcycles, burning those they did not take. Afterward, local church members took the victims’ bodies and buried them in a nearby village. Please pray for the grieving parents and family members of those killed. Pray for front-line workers as they comfort this family.

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  • Father, our hearts break for the broken-hearted in Burkna Faso at the hands of the wicked. Please bind-up the grieving parents and loved ones of those young people senselessly murdered. Comfort them deal Lord. Their attackers will not escape your judgment if they remain unrepentant. In Jesus name, please bless and protect the workers.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, this attack on my brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso is absolutely ruthless and wicked- truly motivated by Satan. Father, please bring judgment on the attackers that they repent from their evil ways. Pour out healing, deliverance,comfort and guidance as this family attempts to put their lives back together again. Amen.
    Ryan H - USA
  • Let God arise in Burkina Faso, His enemies be scattered, and vanish as smoke. Lord, please comfort grieving Christian families and assist front line workers in their ministry to the bereaved. Conceal the Beloved under the Shadow of Your Wings from evil eyes and lying lips. Confront evil doers as you did Saul on the road to Damascus, converting many.
    Danae V - USA
  • Father please give comfort and hope to those who grieve. May they know that their future is wonderful.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, thank You for the Christians in Burkina Faso. Please protect them from attacks and defend them. I pray for the those grieving the ones who were attacked and for for all family members of those killed. Please help VOM help Christians in Burkina Faso. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Father thank You for the local church in Burkina Faso. They are under pressure and attacks. Please help them and be their Rock and Fortress. I pray that You would send Your Holy Spirit to comfort those who are grieving. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • In the loving name of Shepherd Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of surviving family members, that they honor Your name. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • OLORD, I know your heart is broken for these families. Please bring peace & healing, knowing that these loved ones are enjoying your presence. Have mercy on the families. I pray for the loss of equipment too. May your name be spread across Burkina Faso because of what happened. Bless your saints for your service. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • In the omnipresence of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of surviving family members. We praise You that You stand along side. We ask for Your presence, for a hedge of protection and angels from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we are believing for healing of every kind for the loved ones left behind. May they experience Your strength Lord every day, every minute. Grant them forgiveness for the murderers. Give them the assurance to know You are walkking them through this. We lift up the murderers that they hear You speaking to their hearts. May they repent IJN
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father, I can only try to imagine the pain these family members are suffering. Lord, wrap your arms of strength and comfort around them. Help them forgive and feel your peace. I pray that speak to the heart of the ones who did this; open their eyes to the truth. Give your children wisdom as they reach out to those who are hurting, and those persecuting
    polly c - 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 this surviving family members. We ask for comfort, for peace, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, I pray that these precious families will know the peace that passes all understanding in this time of grief. Father, may they draw close to the only One who can heal this awful pain. Father, we also lift those who serve the god of this world, that you would grant repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, before it is everlasting too late. Amen
    Cheryl C - USA
  • Jesus, comfort these families with your healing grace in the great loss of loved ones. Help them to forgive the attackers and to let the light of Your love shine through as they return good for evil. Let them in peace lie down and sleep knowing that You, O Lord, are always with them and put every tear in a bottle. Use this heartache for their good.
    Beth O - USA
  • Father God, I lift up this family to you in Burkina Faso as they deal with so much grief and pain. Please fill them with Your peace that passes all understanding and forgiveness for those that committed this terrible act. Please don't let bitterness engulf them but let Your Spirit, peace and joy comfort their hearts. Please heal the injured ones.Amen
    Sarah H - USA
  • Dear Father , please protect them and strengthen them with your love and mercy . Help them with their physical needs and help them to rebuild their lives and help them to find a supportive family. Lord I pray for justice in this matter . Guard them guide them . In Jesus name I pray Amen .
    Mahil G - India
  • Our Father, even though we don't grieve as the world grieves when they face tragedy, we still grieve. Tightly hold this family to Your heart in the death's of their loved ones. Surround them with others who believe in You who will hold them when they can't go on. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Dear Father, please be with this family. Wrap your arms around them. Please allow peace in their hearts and minds.
    We thank you for knowing to be absent of the body is to be in the presence of the Lord. That fact alone gives pease.
    Please provide the needs and comfort for them.
    In Jesus Name Amen
    Sandra J R - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that Your comfort and peace would surround these families and that they would grow in trust in You in the midst of this deep pain. May those who were injured be able to receive the treatment they need to heal physically, and I pray that they would heal mentally and spiritually as well. May the workers have wisdom to minister here.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, this evil act is heartbreaking and devastating to the family and friends of those left behind. May the love You have for them carry them through the heartbreak they are experiencing. May they be able to move forward in living for You in spite of the danger associated with being one of Your children. May they overcome the pain. Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for the presence of the Comforter, Your divine Holy Spirit, to hold these grief stricken loved ones in Your everlasting arms! Please assure them of Your constant presence and compassion. I pray Your holy conviction on their oppressors, that these lost souls might come to You in repentance and faith. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Lynne W - USA
  • Father, I thank You for the front line workers who are ministering to this family as the hands and feet of Jesus and I pray You would bring comfort to them as only You can. Give them the oil of joy for mourning and beauty for these ashes. We do not always understand but we always trust in You. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - 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
  • Father, this is a horrible tragedy in Burkina Faso and I ask that You would be with those affected and grant them peace that only You can provide. Health their injuries and hearts. Supply their needs and protect them from further evil. Bless and protect the front line workers. Pour out Your Spirit upon the people who did this that they turn to Christ.
    Alan G - USA
  • Father, I pray for this Christian family and others in the village of Obire. Please help them stay encouraged, knowing that you see all they are going through. Help them. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
  • Lord I pray for comfort and for Your help to come to those who are grieving and lost. I pray for the Holy Spirit to pour out and give words and wisdom and peace to the pastors ministering and aiding. I pray for the attackers to be confronted with the Gospel and to turn to Jesus for redemption. I pray for the grieving parents and for You to hold them.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Jesus,please help and bless them.let them heal o Lord,and let them know you love them and so do all we,the world's Jesus Christ's name AMEN.
    Joseph C - United Kingdom
  • Father only Your Spirit can overcome the grief and tragedy this family has suffered because of their faith in You. Thank you for those who provided a burial for these young innocents who were taken from their parents and family. Saturate this family with Your incomprehensible love, and give those who are helping them discernment and needed resources.
    Dale S - USA
  • Please Lord Father, bless this family with your comfort, love and peace. Please be with the front-line workers as they minister to them. Please keep them all safe and provide for their physical needs. Please use this situation to bring others to salvation in Christ Jesus. In His precious name, amen.
    Scott P - USA
  • Oh Lord, how long? Avenge these deaths by bringing the attackers to repentance and forgiveness in the name of Christ Jesus whom they persecuted.
    Margaret D - USA
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