“WE ARE TROUBLED AND FILLED WITH PAIN”: PLEASE STAND WITH YOUR FAMILY IN BURKINA FASO
There has been another brutal attack on Christians in Burkina Faso, West Africa, in which 14 of our brothers and sisters in Christ were killed.
Last Sunday, armed men stormed a Protestant church in the town of Hantoukoura near the border with Niger. They killed the pastor, Tchintchiéba Ouoba, and 13 other worshippers, including five teenagers. The attackers then fled on scooters. This is the latest in a series of attacks specifically targeting Christians.
Pastor Samuel Sawadogo, who cares for displaced Christians in the city of Kaya, Burkina Faso, told Open Doors, "We don't know who the attackers are, neither do we know who is sponsoring them. All we know is that they attack Christians. These attacks have shattered the lives of our people. We are troubled and filled with pain over the deaths of our family members."
As violence against Christians continues to rise in Burkina Faso, Open Doors teams have been visiting Christians there to provide prayer and encouragement and to deliver relief aid to some of the most vulnerable Christians (pictured). As one Christian leader warned, "If the world continues to do nothing, the result will be the elimination of the Christian presence."
For the Lord's comfort and grace to be at work in the lives of all who have lost loved ones in the latest attack and that He would be close to the broken-heartedThat Christians would have the grace to remain firm in the faith as they face increased hostility and not give in to the temptation of tribalism, anger or revengeFor wisdom and provision for Open Doors staff determining the appropriate ways to help, and for protection as they travel to volatile regions.