Ethiopia (MNN) — Heaven’s Light Church, an
evangelical church in Ethiopia, was recently
destroyed by local officials. International Christian
Concern says the attack came after a Muslim
complained to authorities about the church’s
presence in the community.
Police confiscated church property and tore off the
church building’s siding and roof.
“Sadly, it’s becoming more and more common to
see attacks like this, specifically against the
Church,” says Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA.
Ethiopia sits at #17 on the Open Doors’ World
Watch List, a compilation of 50 countries where
Christian persecution is most severe. Fuentes
says Ethiopian believers face the most pressure
from loved ones.
“When it comes from your family or your local
community, it’s almost that ‘extra sting,’ rather
[than] from the government as a whole,” she adds.
Along with providing practical help for persecuted
families, Open Doors cares for the widows of
persecuted church leaders.
“These widows are left with, many times, big
families to care for, and they don’t have the
resources,” explains Fuentes.
“So, Open Doors helps provide resources and job
skills training; we do a lot of ‘Letters of
Encouragement’ for these widows.”
While there are currently no letter-writing
campaigns underway for Ethiopian widows, you
can still help families by providing for physical
Most importantly, surround persecuted Christians
in Ethiopia with your prayers.
“The #1 thing that persecuted Christians around
the world, including Ethiopia, ask for are [our]
prayers,” Fuentes notes.
“Pray for their encouragement and [for them] to
stay strong in the face of this adversity.”
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