Burkina Faso has been facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis since the beginning of 2019. This is due to continued attacks by Islamic extremists in the northern region of the country. Continued attacks by these radicals have displaced as many as 530,000 people since January 2019.

The most recent attack took place on Sunday in the town of Silgadji in northern Soum province. The radicals raided the local market in Silgadji as people were shopping. They killed at least 10 people, but the death toll has been reported as high as 50.

This is not the first time that this town has been attacked either. They were also attacked early last April when Islamic militants executed a pastor and four others outside of their church.

These types of attacks have left the Christian population, about 20% of Burkina Faso’s total population, in fear for their lives. Large populations have fled south in search of safety, as much of the violence has been in the North along the border with Mali. With the continuation of this crisis, the whole country could be at risk for continued growth of Islamic extremism and violence.

Source: International Christian Concern, UN

  • Pray that believers will not give in to fear but have confident trust in God even in the midst of violence and chaos.
  • Ask Him to comfort, encourage and provide for the grieving, injured and those who are fearful.
  • Pray He will pour out His Spirit and draw many to Himself, even those who oppose Him and His children.

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Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Proverbs 30:5


Oh yes Lord, thank you for your promises and that you never lie. Have mercy O Lord!


Lord God, ruler of the nations of the world, we pray for Burkina Faso, Mali and surrounding countries where violence, unrest and fear are holding sway in the hearts of people. Give special grace to your people as they bear testimony to your faithfulness in such times especially when there is death and sporadic persecution. Help your children to experience a firm immovable faith in Jesus. We do ask that Christ might pour out His Spirit on unbelievers and particularly the perpetrators of crime bringing comfort and encouragement to all effected. Sola Deo Gloria