Gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso last Sunday, killing six people. The attackers, numbering between 20 and 30, stormed into a church celebration last Sunday in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, killing six people before setting the church on fire.
This is the third attack on a church in five weeks in the country, forming part of an upsurge in violence against Christians in the broader Sahel region, south of the Sahara desert.
We've heard from the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Burkina Faso, Revd Dramane Yankiné, who's asked us to pray. ‘The churches have become the terrorists’ favourite targets,' he says. 'Pastors have been abducted and killed, and so have Catholic priests. We never stop asking God for his grace and support. Please remember us.’
"God of all comfort, we pray for those who have been bereaved and injured in the recent attacks in Burkina Faso. Our hearts go out to those innocent people who died at the hands of men led astray by evil teaching.
We pray for the healing of those who remain, in body, mind and spirit. We pray that Christ will come to them in their grief and anger, and show them the path to peace.
We pray too for the safety of Christians and others facing violence and instability in Burkina Faso and in the wider Sahel. We ask that you will strengthen the hands of the peacekeepers and frustrate the plans of the wicked.
And we pray that the work of the Gospel will transform not just individuals but whole societies as your Word takes root in the hearts of many. We remember before you Dramane Yankiné and others who work to make the Bible known, and we pray you will bless their work and keep them safe.
We pray for your peace in that troubled region, and throughout the world. Amen."
Report | biblesociety.org.uk
Photo | Christian Aid
19 May 2019