Burkina Faso: Population: 20,322 million, Christian 5,157million
Over the last year, Burkina Faso’s northeastern region has seen a brutal onslaught of deadly attacks on Christian churches and villages—including several during and after worship services on church grounds in which worshipers were told to convert to Islam or die. An influx of violent Islamic extremist groups into West Africa’s Sahel region has led to these attacks that killed at least 40 Christians in 2019. These groups are campaigning for attacks on believers, with some who want to create an Islamic state opposing the very existence of Christianity.
Burkina Faso has always been proud of the harmonious coexistence of Christians and Muslims. Nonetheless, many people are complaining that the Islam of today now has little in common with the Islam of their childhood. We have been seeing changes for around 20 or 30 years now. This is due to the fact that for some years now certain Islamic ideologies originating on the Arabian Peninsula have been imported here. Young people are going there to work or study and returning with a particular vision of Islam that potentially has repercussions for our society and the coexistence between the different religions.
Some say the jihadists are simply using Islam as a weapon and that they are in fact motivated by something other than religion. There are those terrorists—whether from Burkina or from outside—who with guns in their hand really want to force the whole of Africa to become Islamic. They want to introduce sharia law to Burkina Faso. But there are also others who are using Islam as a pretext to advance their financial or criminal interests. It is enough to know that they are killing Muslims too. Often the violence in this country is also linked to ancient ethnic rivalries or land disputes. In such cases Islam is no more than a pretext to enable people to advance their material and economic interests by means of violence.
Dozens of Christians have been killed in the last few years. Who exactly is attacking them? Are they jihadists or simply criminals? Often, we don’t even know who it is who is attacking us. We don’t know our enemy. In most cases, no one claims responsibility for the attacks.
- Pray for Christians to be elected to government offices to curb the growing influence of Muslims.
- Pray to the Lord that He will answers the Pastors who are pleading for support from Christians worldwide to deal with the physical and emotional ramifications of growing jihadist violence and from the international community to prevent a disastrous undoing of the religious cohesion that Burkina Faso has been known for in previous years.
- Pray for the Lord’s comfort and grace to all who have lost loved ones in the attacks and that He would be close to the broken-hear-ted.
- Pray that Christians would have the courage and faith to remain firm in Jesus as they face increased hostility.
- Pray for all international forces helping in the fight against extremists in the larger region. Pray that they would be able to help bring stability and prevent the spread of violence to Burkina Faso’s neighboring countries.
- Pray that the word of Christ will overcome the spirit world which is very real In Burkina Faso as manifested in the Occult, Fetishism, Idolatry and Animist groups.
- Pray to the Lord will break the power of the occult in churches that is polluting the message of Christ.
- Pray to the Lord that believers will remain faithful in suffering and forgive their persecutors.
- Pray to the Lord that He will open doors for His believers to evangelize.
- Pray to the Lord that the internet and Christian broadcasts will minister to the believers as well as reach out effectively to Muslims and other unbelievers.
- Pray to the Lord that He will accelerate the grow His church, which in the past 10 years has increased from 3.7 million to 5.1 million.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for
- Leah Sharibu and Alice, prisoners of Boko Haram, pray that they will be set free.
- Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison
- Pray for for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 6 years in prison, who is currently seeking asylum in another nation.
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