PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHURCHES - SRI LANKA & BURKINA FASO

Sri Lankan Christians bury their dead

The Easter Sunday Bombing in Sri Lanka, which was given wide Publicity in the media, awakened the Global Church to the realities of Persecution against Christians.
Subsequently, in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, terrorists stormed an Assembly of God Church during the service and shot dead Pastor David Ougaduao and 7 others.

Christians – the Most Persecuted in the World.
Such events confirm the fact that Christians as the most persecuted people for their faith.
“Approximately four of five people persecuted for their religious beliefs are Christians, according to an interim report prepared for the British government.”
The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to that report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The interim report said the main impact of "genocidal acts against Christians is exodus" and that Christianity faced being "wiped out" from parts of the Middle East.
We urge you to pray for the Churches that are undergoing such persecution.

Pray for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Christians lost over 200 members including 45 children and hundreds of families affected when 3 suicide bombers exploded themselves in 3 packed Churches on Easter Sunday. The nation has been tensed and state of emergency declared to conduct search operations to arrest the radical Islamic terrorists connected to ISIS.
5 Ways to Pray for Sri Lanka:
• Pray for Sri Lankan Church leaders both Roman Catholic and Protestants who are facing the challenge of protecting the flock amidst immediate threats.
• Pray for boldness and for Worship to continue as God dwells amid praises of His People. The Catholic Churches have closed their Sunday Worship and the Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches continue their worship despite the threats. Pray for protection.
• Pray that the message of forgiveness and reconciliation expressed by Christians will impact other religious and social communities who had expected retribution and violence. That this will be an opportunity to serve nearly 2 million Moslems.
• Pray for Zion Pentecostal Church who has lost around 30 members and over 70 injured. Pray for the Pastor and Church who needs the ‘amazing grace’ during this trauma and recovery.
• Pray that this will be the beginning of a great Revival in the nation.

Pray for Burkina Faso Church.
At approximately noon on Sunday on 28 April, in Sirgadji village in the north-eastern province of Soum, after the Assemblies of God church had ended its service, Pastor Pierre Ouédraogo, 80, and other members were chatting in the church yard. Around 1 pm a dozen armed men arrived on motorbikes to storm the place and according to a local leader, who wanted to remain anonymous, told that:
“The assailants asked the Christians to convert to Islam, but the pastor and the others refused. They ordered them to gather under a tree and took their Bibles and mobile phones. Then they called them, one after the other, behind the church building where they shot them dead”.
The pastor, his son Wend-Kuni and brother-in-law, were killed, along with 3 others.
The General Superintendent of Burkina Faso, Pastor Michel Ogoudago has informed that since then, the AG Pastors and Believers in the North had to flee the area to safe areas due to continuing terror threats.
The Burkina Faso Assemblies of God is one of the oldest and largest movements in Africa. Even though more than half of Burkina Faso’s people are Muslim, the Assemblies of God has grown to more than 4,600 churches serving 1.2 million believers.
Please pray for Burkina Faso Pastors and Believers in the North:
• Pray for the Assemblies of God of Burkina Faso to experience “the peace which passes understanding” in the coming days. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them a sense of His close presence as they grieve and that they will be shining examples of the love of Christ in the coming days.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
• Pray for the safety of churches in the region and for provision and refuge for thousands who had to flee their homes. Pray for boldness for leaders who can hope and courage to their members.
“Be brave when you face your enemies. Your courage will show them that they are going to be destroyed, and it will show you that you will be saved. God will make all of this happen…” (Phil 1:28 CEV)
• Pray that acts of terror would be thwarted and that God will be glorified through His Church.
“He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success (Job 5:12).
• Pray for the salvation of those seeking evil against the Church, that God would turn their hearts to Him and use them to proclaim the gospel.