09/08/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) Ethiopia: Population: 110 million, Christian 66 million
Ethiopia is home to one of the oldest churches in the world. It is believed that the first people to convert to Christianity lived were brought to the faith by Matthew and Bartholomew, as well as the Ethiopian Eunuch who spoke with Phillip. The Ethiopian orthodox church was then founded in the 4th century as the country’s religion by it rulers. Despite this extremely old history, the church is coming under attack in recent days according to the Barnabus Fund. The report states that, “coordinated killings, targeting Christians from a wide range of ethnicities including Oromo Christians, began soon after the alleged assassination of a popular Oromo singer, Hachallu Hundessa. 500 Christians Killed in Ethiopia since June, the Report States
The persecution faced by Christians in Ethiopia often depends on where they live. For example, in urban areas and areas that are mainly Protestant, Christians who leave the Ethiopian Orthodox Church will face less serious consequences, although they may still face opposition from their families.
But in rural communities that are mainly made up of members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Christians who choose to be part of another denomination are often ostracized or even attacked.
In rural communities that are mainly Muslim, Christians are often denied access to communal resources or even attacked by extremists. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities. There has been ongoing strife in the Oromo region of the country for the past several years, but the Barnabus fund says that the recent killing of these young Christians has been conducted by Islamic extremists. “The attackers are from the Oromo ethnic group, which has traditionally been Muslim, and are members of Qeerroo (meaning, “bachelors”), an Oromo male youth movement. In door-to-door attacks on Christian households the Qeerroo extremists arrived in cars and armed with guns, machetes, swords and spears, sought out and slaughtered Christians. Children were forced to witness their parents being brutally murdered with machetes and houses were burnt down, vandalized, or destroyed by the extremists. Billions of dollars of damage were caused to property.
- Pray for Christian leaders to be elected to Government offices to protect the population from radical Islam.
- Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia who are suffering at the hands of hateful and violent neighbors.
- Pray that the Lord will equip the church to offer hope to Christians Converts from Islam who are ostracized, harassed, denied access to communal resources and often denied family rights.
- Pray that the persecuted are ready to reach out with the gospel to their persecutors and to respond to persecution in a way that honors Christ.
- Pray for a sense of unity among God’s people, that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church would stop oppressing evangelical believers and that a common sense of mission would take root among believers. [The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) opposes the activities of evangelical Christians, whom they regard as followers of a Western religion threatening Ethiopian culture.]
- Pray that the church will be able to shun tribalism, and be ready to give an answer to all who may question them about their hope as Christians in some areas experience hostility from some tribes who demand that Christians participate in tribal clashes.
- Pray for godly leadership within Christian communities.
- Pray for more Bibles translations. Pray for the 30 plus translation projects.
- Pray for oral Bible teaching as many “Bible Listening Groups” have come up. Audio scripture is available in 73 languages/dialects.
- Pray that the Lord will protect and further the work of all the NGOs
- Pray to the Lord that He will encourage continue to grow His church
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 Anita, a Christian convert persecuted for her faith in Iran.
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Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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