In the complex web of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in the Central African Republic, recent events have stirred up Muslim factions who threaten mass killing of Christians.
Christians in land-locked Central African Republic (CAR), one of the poorest countries in Africa, are persevering amid a period of extreme pressure from Islamic rebel groups whose entire aim is to extinguish Christianity. With a population of 5 million, Christians make up the majority of the country’s religious demographic at 3.7 million.
Beginning in August of this year with a spate of killings, the violence in CAR is escalating to a degree that the UN’s outgoing humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, calls “the early warning signs of a genocide.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Agence France Presse (AFP) in an October 18 interview, “The Central African Republic is very far from the attention of the international community. The level of suffering of the people and also the trauma suffered by aid workers and peacekeepers are deserving of our solidarity and heightened attention.”
Angered at the killing of Muslim rebels by militia (some of whom are Christian), former members of the Muslim rebel group Seleka, spread throughout the town of eastern Gambo in early August and slaughtered dozens, many of them Christian civilians, while Muslim UN peacekeepers from Morocco looked on and did nothing to stop the carnage. Included among the murdered were women and children.
The terrorists hit the hospital in Gambo, slaughtering patients where they lay in their hospital beds, and killing six Red Cross workers. Pastor Joseph Tokon of the CEBI church in Mabo—19 miles from Gambo — was also killed, leaving behind his wife and seven children.
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” — Proverbs 4:18
11/1 — Pray for Christians in the Central African Republic to be girded with the full armor of God that their lives in Christ will be protected in the face of physical suffering. Pray for the bereaved family and friends of those martyred in CAR. Pray for children who grieve the loss of their mothers and fathers and for parents who are enduring the deaths of their children to find solace in Christ.
11/2 — Ask God to shelter His beloved ones in CAR under His wings for refuge from the storm of growing Islamic persecution in their homeland.
11/4 — Pray for an end to the rise of Islamic terror in CAR and across Africa. Ask God to rescue enslaved hearts from the dominion of darkness and bring them into His Kingdom of Light through faith in Jesus Christ.
11/5 — Pray that the Church across the world will rise up in prayer on behalf of His steadfast saints in CAR.
11/6 — Pray that Christians in CAR will look to God each day as their fortress, rock, and salvation. (Ps. 62)
11/7 — Pray for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit in CAR that many Muslims and especially the rebels will repent and turn to Christ.
11/8 — Pray for God’s healing and comfort for His Church in CAR, that He will make known His loving presence to sustain them in the midst of trial and sorrow.