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BURKINA FASO: Attacks Continue

BURKINA FASO: Attacks Continue

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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Danjuma Smiles Again!

Danjuma Smiles Again!

Danjuma was a 13-year-old boy when he was savagely attacked by Islamic extremists who invaded his village. He suffered such horrific injuries to his body that onlookers thought he had died. They even dug a grave for him but Danjuma defied all expectations and became a victorious survivor.

Danjuma has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the severe machete wounds to his eyes, head, arms and genitals. Sadly, the injuries to his eyes have left him totally blind. The scars on his face tell only half the story, Jesus in his life tells us something else. Danjuma has been given a smile that radiates from deep within his soul – it comes through forgiving!

Danjuma not only forgives his attackers but almost pities them for the condition of their hearts. “I forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing,” he said, echoing the words of Christ. “If they had love, they wouldn’t behave that way.”

VOM Australia and their partners have provided funds for Danjuma’s education at a school for the blind where he is learning braille. We also funded a new home for his mother which doubles as a grocery shop to provide an income for the family. Mama Danjuma expressed how grateful she is to God and the brethren who have made this possible. “This is something I would not have seen in my life, my son is now in school, we now have a better home and now we have this shop. We want to say thank you and may God bless you all.”