IVORY COAST: Christians Stripped, Churches Destroyed

Dec 12, 2022 | VoM

In July of this year, followers of local animist traditions in the village of Grahipla had planned an initiation ceremony and told Christians not to worship that day. Local Christians decided the threat would not stop them.

However, on that day, animists attacked five churches, three of which were holding services. The attackers looted buildings, destroyed three, and humiliated Christian men, women and children by stripping their clothes and beating them.

Many of the Christian men now struggle to take care of their farms because of their injuries, and the police have yet to take any action.

Front-line workers ask for prayer that the brothers and sisters will fully recover, mentally and physically, from the attacks, and for God’s provision as they work to rebuild their churches.

Sources: Article 18, Middle East Concern

Please Pray

Ask the Lord to bring healing, courage and encouragement to all those who have been affected.

Pray the loss of property, injuries and humiliation suffered by the Christians, will be somehow used by God to bring blessings of courage, unity and faithfulness (Genesis 50:20).

Pray for the leaders of these churches, as they care for those who are still suffering. Pray too for the perpetrators, that they would come to know the love and authority of the one true God.