A church member's car was destroyed.
A church member's car was destroyed.
Aug. 17, 2023 | Ethiopia

Church Attacked by Militants

[159] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Church Attacked.

On Sunday, April 3, 2022, militants from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church attacked a Protestant church in western Ethiopia, the second time in less than a month a Protestant church in that area had been attacked. The attackers injured many Christians and burned buildings. One church leader said, “We were hurt because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We are ready to accept any trial and persecution that comes to us because of our faith.” VOM helped this congregation rebuild as they continue to witness for Christ in their community. “Because we were hurt for the sake of the Lord, we lived believing that he would repay us. We never thought you would come all the way here to support us,” he said. “This showed us the solidarity of believers. We thank God for ensuring us that we have brothers and sisters who care for, pray for, and support us.”

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  • I pray for the Protestant church attacked in Ethiopia. I am disturbed that a supposedly Christian church attacked the Protestant church. Lord Jesus I pray for those attacked by the militants that they be emboldened and protected and that this only strengthens their witness and the spread of the gospel. I pray repentance and salvation for the militants.
    Eric D - USA
  • Dear Father, thank You for Your encouragement to these believers through the work of VOM, as well as the realization that other believers around the globe are standing with them. I pray that the militants from the Orthodox Church will be influenced by the support You have provided for these Christians. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Lynne W - USA
  • Father, continue to meed the needs of the people in this church. May they trust Jesus fully and not give in to fear. May they receive the peace that only Jesus can give (John 14:27). Convict others in the Orthodox church of their wrong doing so they will accept your forgiveness and be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Bring good from this.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Jesus, encourage the Christians that had their church building and car destroyed. May those who burned the church and car repent. May the suffering not be in vain.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, and Blessed Holy Ghost, please fulfill Your Word in Psalm 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" for my brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and worldwide. In Your name and for Your glory. Amen.
    Sarah A - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please protect Your people from their enemies, please give them everything they need on this earth and in this life while they're on their way to meet You!
    christine s - USA
  • Dear LORD,

    Thank You that though believers have their disagreements, we can agree on what it means to be saved and look forward to the blessed hope of Your nearing appearance. I thank You that many parts come together and that every part is important. May believers everywhere know that they make up the church or Your body. In LORD Jesus' name, amen.
    Devin C - USA
  • I pray You heal all injured in the attack. I pray the Orthodox Church would realize how wrong they are to attack other Christians. Thank You that VOM helped & that believers were encouraged by this. I pray for the pastor & his family as he leads the people. Please bless Ethiopia by giving Your Spirit to believers as You promise. In Jesus' Name, amen.
    Allison F - USA
  • Lord, I join with my Ethiopian family to ask the words of Psalm 119:122,123 "Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me. My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise." Allow your kingdom to grow. Grow up your worshippers. For the sake of your name.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Dear Father please bless Your children in Ethiopia. Please may these attacks stop so that the Truth and glory of Jesus May shine in a very dark place and others will se that even Christians who disagree still love one another in Jesus name amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, thank You for the example of these dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are ready to accept any trial and persecution that comes to them because of their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. May believers in the West adopt that same mindset. Thank You for front-line workers who've come alongside them to encourage and support their local outreach.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the living hope of resurrected name of Jesus, our heavenly Father Elohim Miqweh, God of hope as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for living hope of attacked Ethiopian Church We ask of a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • 1. That everybody in the persecution would be saved. Amen.
    2. I pray that the church gets rebuild and doesn't cost a lot of money and that nobody was harmed. Amen.
    3. Help them in Ethopia. I pray you help them get a new church. Amen.
    -Sunday School Class
    Abigayle F - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our Christian brother and sisters in Ethiopia. It breaks our hear that it is the Orthodox church that is making them suffer. Their faith and perseverance is an inspiration to us and we pray that You would strengthen them in their faith and enable them to do all things for Your glory.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we pray for continued courage and strength upon these faithful believers. We pray for the Gospel to be preached and spread throughout Western Ethiopia. We pray for revival and many come to Christ. Bless these believers in everything. In Jesus precious name, the great love of God and the fellowship of the mighty Holy Spirit Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Our Father, continue to bless those who were injured in the attack against them, and thank You that believers are surrounding them with support and encouragement as the go about rebuilding. May their faithfulness be a witness to those who need You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, God Who sees. as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You that Ethiopian attacked church fix their eyes on Jesus. We ask of provision , a head of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, You are always with us, leading us, guiding, us and protecting us. We thank You for keeping the people of this church safe and for using VOM to help them rebuild their church. Lord, please help this to serve as a testimony to their attackers of Your unending protection of Your people & help this to encourage them to be saved! Amen
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, we ask that believers in this Ethiopian Orthodox Church would be filled with compassion and grace for their attackers and that the attackers would be deeply convicted of their criminal behavior and that these attackers would begin to have dreams and visions about the One arrayed in white bringing them forgiveness through His death on the cross.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord, it's beautiful how this church knows You are there for them through these times & are walking through it w them. May they grow stronger in their faith as they share the gospel w those who are searching for You. Would You speak to the hearts of the persecutors. May they be convicted & turn to You in Your Name
    Lisa T - USA
  • What a testimony of your work in the lives of these Christians in Ethiopia, Lord! May their faith be strengthen as they experience your help and provision through VOM front line workers. Let our prayers for them come to you with a solidarity of faith in Christ. I'm so thankful they know brothers and sisters around the world care & pray for them. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • In the saving power of Jesus, our Heavenly Father, Yeshua, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Ethiopian Christians. We ask for a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father,

    I would like to pray for the persecuted Church of Ethiopia, that you would cause them to endure to the very end. That they would not throw away their confidence in you because it would be richly rewarded. Lord protect them from the harm of the evil and also thank you for using the ministry of VOM to encourage them. Amen
    Vincent A - Kenya
  • I pray the acts of the the attackers sheds light on wolves in sheep's clothing.
    Clint D - USA
  • Lord God, I thank you that you have encouraged these believers through VOM.Please continue to show your faithfulness to them. Please protect them and guide them. Provide for their needs. Help their ministry to grow in Ethiopia. Draw the Ethiopian people to yourself through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray that the evil forces will be pushed back.Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear brothers and sisters in Christ- I pray that you will feel the love and grace of Jesus. He holds you in his hand. Matthew 16:18, "I will build this church and the gates of hell will not stand against it." Stay strong. Jesus is coming back soon. Your reward is great in heaven.
    Susan R - USA
  • Thank You for Your provisions for those who were attacked because they trust in Christ as their Savior. May Your grace be sufficient for them to be able to forgive those who persecuted them, and may their testimony of loving their enemies turn out for the glory of God and the salvation of others. Use them as a light to those who are still in darkness.
    Toni D - USA
  • Lord, for these believers who were attacked, we pray for your peace and comfort, joy and strength. Help them to forgive and continue on courageously. May they rebuild, and may their love show a watching world what it looks like to follow Christ. We pray that many others will find peace and forgiveness and that Jesus's name will be spread in Ethiopia.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear Father, we praise you for our brothers and sisters in Ethopia and their bold stand and faith in YOU! We thank you for your provision to help them rebuild their church so they can witness for Christ to the community. May I be more like them as they encourage me and countless others to give it all for the gospel. Lift them up and give them JOY! AMEN
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for these Christians who will stay with you unto death. May we Christians in America become like them. I pray that you would give them supernatural courage and joy in the face of such persecution. I ask that the people who did this would repent of their sins, and turn to Christ and away from dead religion. In Jesus name, I pray, amen
    Nancy G - USA
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