Thousands of people have fled the city of Marawi in the south of the Philippines after militants kidnapped 14 Christians and burnt down their church.
Extremists groups, which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, went on the rampage in the city on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday.
Please pray for the safe return of Pastor Teresito ‘Chito’ Suganob and the 13 other Christians kidnapped from his church.
Armed men raided St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday and abducted the 14 Christians. As well as setting light to the cathedral, they also burned down three buildings of the church-owned Dansalan College.
The Filipino army engaged in firefights with militants whom the Government has since identified as members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Maute Group: two soldiers and a police chief were killed. President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law in Mindanao, an island with a significant Muslim population.
- Pray for our Christian family in the Philippines, especially in the south of the country where several Islamist terrorist groups have been active.
- Pray especially for wisdom for church leaders in the southern Philippines: several pastors have been held hostage by terrorists.
- Pray that God will thwart the plans of the men of violence, including the Maute Group, considered one of the newest but most feared terror groups in the country.
(Sources: BBC, Morning Star News)