BURKINA FASO CHURCH LEADER WAS 'HUMBLE, OBEDIENT AND FULL OF LOVE'

Our hearts break for our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso, who have suffered numerous attacks over the last few weeks.
A few days ago, between 20 and 30 gunmen stormed the Catholic Church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso during the service. Six people were killed, including church leader Fr. Siméon Yampa, who was described as a ‘humble person, obedient and full of love, he loved his parishioners’.
Two weeks before the attack, gunmen killed Pastor Pierre Ouédraogo (pictured) and five others in a church in Silgadji, and, at the beginning of this week, four Christians were killed by armed men in Singa as they made their way to church.
Open Doors local partners are closely watching the situation and researching appropriate intervention.
PLEASE PRAY:

  • That God would draw near to all those who are grieving in Burkina Faso and comfort His church
  • For God's wisdom for local Open Doors partners as they assess how best to serve our brothers and sisters in this situation
  • That the Holy Spirit would be at work in these circumstances, drawing many to Himself.

WORLD WATCH LIST: UZBEKISTAN (#17)

The general Islamic culture in Uzbekistan makes life for converts to Christianity particularly difficult; no religious activities beyond state-run and state-controlled institutions are allowed. Christians are viewed as a threat to the government, and face persecution from the state through the police, secret services and local authorities monitoring religious activities. Despite all this, the number of Uzbek believers is growing. Some of the Uzbek Christians have developed a vision to reach out to the Uzbek people in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan and are active in those areas, too!
Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia with Christian literature, training, medical care, relief aid and social-economic development projects.
A PRAYER FOR UZBEKISTAN

Lord Jesus, thank You for the courage and vision of our persecuted church family in Uzbekistan. Protect believers from those who are trying to harm them - please provide safe places for them to meet, and soften the hearts of those who regulate religious activities, that there would be more religious freedom in the country.
With many thanks for your prayers,
Henrietta Blyth
CEO, Open Doors UK & Ireland