Sadly in northeast Kenya that’s exactly what happened recently. Al-Shabaab militants walked into Fafi Primary School, 60 miles from Garissa, and shot dead a Christian teacher, Elly Oloo Ojiema – right in front of his pupils. They kidnapped another Christian teacher, Joseph Kamau, and a Muslim colleague who tried to protect him.
Please pray that God will comfort Elly’s family and that the two kidnapped teachers will be freed soon.
The Muslim teacher of Somali descent who was abducted tried to shield Joseph, saying he was prepared to die with him. ‘We are going to teach you a lesson for protecting the infidels,’ his kidnappers told him. The militants also beat Muslims of Somali descent at the school as a punishment for associating with Christians.
Local pastors are now calling on the Kenyan Government to provide more security for the Christian community. Al-Shabaab militants appear to have stepped up their campaign of violence in areas bordering Somalia in the past few weeks.
- Pray that God will comfort, protect and provide for Elly’s family.
- Pray for the safe and swift return of Joseph and his Muslim friend. Thank God for the way that his friend stood up to the militants, at huge personal cost.
- Pray for our Christian family in northeast Kenya who are under extreme pressure and living in fear. Pray that God will uphold them with his ‘righteous right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10).
(Source: Morning Star News)
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the much persecuted Huoshi Church in China’s southern Guizhou province. Local officials recently issued them with a fine of 7 million yuan (more than £800,000) – because, they said, donations the church had received between 2009 and 2015 were ‘illegal income’. When the church went to court last Friday to dispute the fine, the hearing was fraught with irregularities: many of those overseeing the hearing had been involved in persecuting the church. Several of the church’s leadership, including Pastor Yang Hua, and the church’s accountant, Zhang Xiuhong, are in prison on false charges. (Source: China Aid)