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A pastor and several church members in a south-eastern Tanzanian village had all of their belongings and cash confiscated after they refused to contribute to a ceremony involving witchcraft.

Village leaders had called witch doctors to remove “curses” on their village, and everyone in the community was required to make a donation for the ceremony. Because the ceremony involved witchcraft, the Christians refused to contribute.

Angered by the Christians’ refusal, village leaders forced their way into the pastor’s house and took his possessions. They later did the same to other church members, even taking a large amount of cash from a young man who had saved the money to pay for his wedding.

When the Christians turned to police for help, the police called them “idiots and ignorant fools.” Village leaders then threatened the pastor and told him they intended to destroy the church and get rid of all Christians in the village.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray the Lord may use this injustice ultimately for the good of the pastor and his church members and also for His Glory in the salvation of many (Genesis 50:20).
  • Pray that these believers will not be intimidated but be strengthened by God. May they experience His bountiful provision.
  • Pray for the village leaders and all those who took part in the ceremony.