Christians Still Being Butchered

Posted on September 6, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Christianity Under Attack
Here in the West, Christianity is under attack, and the assaults continue in number of episodes as well as the spiritual depth of the assaults. But across the world, our Christian brothers and sisters are being butchered.

This does not mean we in the West should not be doing all we can through prayer and peaceful civil action to fight for our Christian freedoms, but I post this account just as a reminder that our “family members” are suffering and that we need to be consistently holding them up in prayer.

With this in mind, I simply want to copy word for word this short article from the most recent newsletter (September 2020) of Voice of the Martyrs. No comment necessary.

Burkina Faso: Islamists Murder Two Church Leaders
In Mid-February, Islamic extremists murdered two church leaders in eastern Burkina Faso, announcing to the community that they will not tolerate Christianity in the area.

On Feb. 10, 2020, the extremists arrived at the home of well-known church leader Lankoande Babribile and shot him to death in front of his wife. Lankoande, who served in the village of Sebba, near the border with Niger, was known for his Christian witness in the community, especially among the nomadic Fulani people. He is survived by his wife and nine children.

Three days after Lankoande’s murder, the terrorists went to the home of Pastor Tindano Omar and killed him and other members of his family.

A few months prior to their murders, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, gunmen fired on worshipers during a Sunday church service in Hantoukara, in eastern Burkina Faso, killing 14 and wounding many others.

And in April 2019, 12 armed men walked into a church in Sirgadji village, in northeastern Burkina Faso, and ordered the Christians to gather outside under a tree. After confiscating Bibles and cellphones, the men demanded that the Christians convert to Islam. When the believers refused, the men took them behind the church building one at a time and shot them to death. They then set fire to the pulpit before leaving.

Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo, his son Wend-Kuni Ouedraogo, his son-in-law Zoeyandé Sawadogo, and church members Sayouba Sawadogo, Arouna Sawadogo, and Elie Boena were killed. Shortly before the attack, Pastor Pierre told his friends that although he felt danger was imminent, he would rather die for the Lord than leave the village where he had served for 40 years.

Burkina Faso has seen a sharp rise in Islamist activity since 2016, as militants like the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida, who had largely been contained in neighboring Mali and Niger, crossed porous borders in the north to broaden their influence in the Sahel region.

More than 200 churches have reportedly closed in northern and eastern Burkina Faso for fear of being attacked, and as many as 10,000 Christians have fled their homes as a result of violence and threats against Christians. Nearly 800,000 people in total have been displaced by the ongoing violence, further straining an already weakened economy amid political uncertainty. Today, few Christians remain in the northern and eastern parts of the country. (Account ends here.)

Please pray for our beloved persecuted family across the world!