Evangelical Christians in the San Cristóbal municipality of Chiapas State have faced opposition from other villagers for several years. In May 2016, 84 homes in the area were looted and partially destroyed, forcibly displacing 350 evangelicals. A year ago, these believers were prevented from constructing a church building and again forced to leave.
In the latest incident, the homes of five Christian families in the community of Mitzitón were destroyed on 10 January, and 30 people were expelled.
Many of the Tzotzil people, who practise a combination of traditional Aztec beliefs and Catholicism, have been strongly opposed to the growth of evangelical Christianity in their community. Sometimes they have blamed neighbouring followers of Christ for the misfortunes they themselves encountered.
The expelled Christians now must wait for a decision to be made by local leaders, determining if or when they will be allowed to return.
Sources: Evangélico Digital, Christian Post
- Pray that the Lord’s provision and protection will be upon all these persecuted Christians, including those who have been driven from their homes.
- Pray they will be allowed to return and live peacefully within their community.
- Ask God to soften the hearts of their opposers, that they may come to realise the hope and saving grace that are available to them through faith in Jesus Christ.
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Nigeria is sharply divided along religious lines with a Muslim dominated north and a majority-Christian south.
Fulani herdsmen, a tribe known for its adherence to strict Islam have attacked Christian villages for many years, and in the last two years they have committed more acts of extreme violence against Christians than any other group globally. In recent months there have been brutal attacks on villages in southern Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria. The attacks are led by rogue Fulani with sophisticated weapons from further north recruiting local disgruntled young Fulani men and boys who see no hope for their future.
In recent months there have been brutal attacks on villages in southern Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria. The attacks are led by rogue Fulani with sophisticated weapons from further north recruiting local disgruntled young Fulani men and boys who see no hope for their future.
VOM Australia’s ministry partner in Nigeria has been asked to help care for and educate some of the children affected. With this recent influx they are now caring for almost 300 children.
All of the recent arrivals are displaced, homeless with their families’ property destroyed, this year’s crops gone, tools, animals, household goods gone, without access to the land from which their families gain their livelihood.
All of the children have lost one or both parents in the conflict. Four of the group have old gunshot wounds from previous attacks, with significant damage to their small, frail bodies.
Sources: Christian Faith Ministries, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray the authorities will take further action to deal with religious violence in addition to conflicts resulting from tribalism, territorial expansion and desperate poverty.
- Pray for the pastors trying to bring comfort to their people who have suffered and who are fearful. Pray too for those taking great risks in sharing the Gospel with the Fulani.
- Pray for our ministry partner as they care for these severely traumatised children.
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The assassination in Addis Ababa of a popular ethnic Oromo singer has triggered an explosion of ethnic-religious violence. The violence appears organised, designed to destabilise the nation and derail the reforms of Prime Minister Abiy (a Protestant Christian). Commencing at 4am on 30 June, gangs of Oromo nationalists specifically targeted ethnic Amhara Ethiopian Orthodox Christians living in some 40 districts of Oromia region. Victims were clubbed, hacked and stoned to death. The toll to date is 239 dead with some 300 wounded, many critically. Some 3360 Amhara Christians are displaced and sheltering in churches. Along with businesses, 493 homes belonging to Amhara Christians were torched. Some 4700 arrests have been made, including that of Oromo nationalist leader Jawar Mohammed (a fundamentalist Muslim). The situation is explosive.
Source: Christian Faith and Freedom
- Lord bring peace to Ethiopia, in particular at this time to the Oromia region; may your steadfast love be felt.
- Pray for comfort to those who are grieving; heal those who are wounded; provide food, water, shelter and medical aid to those who are displaced, and impart wisdom, grace, energy and authority to those who seek to lead according to the will and purpose of the Lord.
- Father complete the good work in Ethiopia; may all evil plots be thwarted; and may the Lord bless our
brother Prime Minister Abiy with security, wisdom, insight, discernment and strength, all while keeping him humble.
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The Turkish military offensive against Kurdish controlled Syria is well underway.
Although not specifically a campaign against Christians, tens of thousands of believers are caught up in the violence and are in need.
Our ministry partner is already in the region and is supplying food and other aid to Christian refugees.
Please help us to supply necessities to those who are particularly vulnerable and find themselves in the midst of yet another conflict.
Fulani herdsmen continued their string of attacks early on Saturday 23 March, starting with three young Christian siblings returning home from a community feast.
Fulani herdsmen beat, raped and killed a 19-year-old Christian woman while her younger sister and brother were able to escape. Though the two youngest were able to return home, they did so with gunshot and machete wounds. The herdsmen then travelled to the family’s hometown, Mante village, where 17 homes were burned.
Continuing their onslaught, the Fulani pushed on towards another predominately Christian town, Nidan village, where they burned 11 more homes. Four churches had their building or property destroyed between the two attacks. As a result, hundreds of displaced Christians fled to Akwanga.
The burden of caring for these individuals now falls to those in the town of Akwanga. One pastor called on the local government to supply relief as the town attempts to adapt to the newcomers.
The attacks by Fulani herdsmen have wide-reaching effects. The Christians in the attacked towns suffer immensely under their violent hand and their suffering continues long after the incident as they mourn the loss of loved ones and attempt to rebuild their lives.
Those in neighbouring villages must adapt to the newly-displaced Christians and find ways to accommodate them in their town. Those in Nasarawa are hopeful that they will receive aid from the government to help mitigate their struggle, though they are a long way from returning to normal life.
Sources: Morning Star News, International Christian Concern
- Commit to the Lord all those who are mourning, injured, displaced or in need.
- Pray the Christian communities will reach out to their suffering brothers and sisters to help care for and provide for them.
- Pray the Christians will in no way retaliate but instead, by God’s grace, love their enemies and pray for them.
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