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ETHIOPIA: Church Destroyed by Fire


While Ethiopia is a majority-Christian nation, Islam is a growing force. Muslims now comprise nearly 40% of the population and Islamic extremists actively persecute Christians, sometimes violently, especially in areas close to the Somali and Sudanese borders. Sometimes the extremists destroy churches. They recently set fire to one in Homosha, located in the far western part of the country near the border with Sudan. “Now the Christians in that area don’t have a place to meet for worship,” said a Front-Line Worker. Numerous churches have been destroyed in that area, but the worker reported that VOM has helped rebuild many of those churches. He requested prayer for the congregations who have suffered in that region: “Please pray for the Christians to stand firm and preach the Gospel.”


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