Villagers from Bobo in Lamu County are badly shaken after Al Shabaab extremists slit the throats of three of their neighbours last Wednesday – just because they were Christians.
Please pray for the families of the three men who were killed: Guchu, Jared and Joseph.
Militants reportedly abducted a few local people then forced them to reveal the names of Christians in Bobo and identify where they lived. One of these men, a Christian named Hillary, was also later killed.
After the murders, many villagers fled their homes and took refuge in the bush or the nearby village of Hindi.
Christians in Lamu have been regular targets for extremist violence. On August 18, four Christians were killed in Kasala Kairu town. Last week’s attack took place despite a curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties to try to prevent Al Shabaab’s attacks.
- Please pray for the families of all four men killed in Bobo last week. Ask God to comfort and provide for their families: militants also burned down Guchu’s shop.
- Pray that Christians in eastern Kenya will stand firm in their faith and that God will hide them ‘from the conspiracies of man’ (Psalm 31:20).
- Ask God to comfort the villagers who were abducted and forced to identify local Christians.
- Pray for wisdom for the Kenyan authorities as they respond to mounting extremism in coastal Kenya and eastern areas bordering Somalia. Pray that they will take firm action to protect Christians.
(Source: Morning Star News)
Please continue to pray for our Iranian sister Maryam Naghash Zargaran. Despite her release from prison on August 1, she continues to face harassment: she has reportedly been banned from leaving Iran for six months. She has also raised concerns about inmates of Evin prison such as her being given anti-psychotic drugs without cause. Pray that God will heal and restore Maryam after her ordeal, and help her find true freedom in Him, regardless of the restrictions officials subject her to. (Source: Center for Human Rights in Iran)