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MALI: Militants Attack Churches in Northern Regions

In late September and early October, at least three churches in the Mopti region have received “visits” from jihadists.

In Dobara, the militants smashed their way into a church from which they removed crosses and furnishings that were later piled up outside and burned. In Bodwal, members of the same extremist group drove worshipping believers out of their church, warning them that if they ever returned to ring the bells or pray, they would be killed.

Most of the attacks have been claimed by the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, a coalition of the region’s most powerful Al-Qaeda affiliates. This same group released a video on 1 July titled, The Correct Equation, which puts forth the Islamic doctrine of retaliation (essentially “an eye for an eye”). The extremist group also used the video to provide proof that they were holding six Western hostages ─ most of whom are Christians accused by group members of working to convert Muslims to Christianity.

Source: Religious Liberty Bulletin

  • Ask God to protect and preserve His precious church in Mali, specifically providing security to believers who are extremely vulnerable to militant terror in the Mopti region.
  • Pray He will sustain, comfort and deliver the six Western hostages.
  • Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit in Mali to strengthen the faith of believers and draw more people to Himself, including those who currently, violently oppose the Gospel.
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5 Responses to MALI: Militants Attack Churches in Northern Regions

  1. Mark Rogers 26 October 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    When Voice of the Martyrs began as “The Christian Mission to the Communist World” no one could haver predicted that Islam would overtake Communism as the chief enemy of the Church of Jesus Christ. Now, this is the reality of how things are, especially as Islam is spreading at such a great rate across the Globe. I pray for my brethren in these countries, that they will stand firm as valiant last-days warriors. May the Lord protect those in captivity and bring peace to their families.

    • Voice of the Martyrs 27 October 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Thank you Mark. Have a blessed day.

  2. Tim 27 October 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    I spent quite a while in Mali many years ago. An interesting place. Do you know much about the six westerners?

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