The final blow came on 4 August when a stone was thrown through a window, striking Pastor Moreen Sanyu of the Greater Love Church in the forehead and knocking her unconscious. After regaining consciousness, she found that most of the church members had fled for their lives. Following treatment in hospital, and the confirmation of no serious injuries, she was released.
The next Sunday, when the pastor arrived at the church, she found the building empty. No one came to the service in fear for their safety.
The church, located in a predominantly Muslim area, began in May 2017 and had grown quickly to 400 in attendance. In response to the attacks from militant Islamists, however, the attendance had begun to dwindle.
After months of enduring the pelting of rocks, together with the hurling of abusive threats, leaders of the church have decided not to continue meeting in such a dangerous area; instead, they are looking to relocate elsewhere.
Despite claims to the contrary by local Muslims, Pastor Sanyu insists that she did not target children in her ministry: “I just shared the Gospel of Christ and His love for humanity with my Muslim neighbours, and they freely accepted the Christian faith — especially when many sick people [whom] I prayed for, got healed. I did not persuade them nor steal them to join my church.”
Source: Morning Star News
- Pray for Pastor Sanyu and the members of the church, as they consider how to proceed ministering in the future. Ask the Lord to grant them the strength required to endure, despite opposition.
- Pray that opportunities to share the love of Christ will continue.
- Pray those responsible for these attacks will be convicted and brought to repentance.