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February 11, 2021
A 19-year-old man in Burundi had engaged in occultic practices for years, with sorcerers sending him to church services to carry out spiritual attacks. An aunt who practiced a blend of Islam and witchcraft had initiated him into the occult; she dedicated him to serve Satan, a local ministry leader said. “Once he came to our church to attack as usual, but he was caught by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word during our evening service,” he said.
October 29, 2020
COVID-19 has not been as lethal for Africa as international aid organizations predicted, but the resulting economic paralysis has left many poor people starving. Day-laborers, petty traders and others have been hit hard by shutdowns, and it is among these people that local missionaries most often live and work. “It breaks my heart to see people thin, hungry and starving, and children crying on cold nights,” the director of a ministry based in Kenya said.
September 3, 2020
A widow in Egypt was in tears when she called a local ministry leader with word that she had lost her job as a housecleaner due to a coronavirus lockdown. She was supporting seven family members, including a daughter with two infants who was separated from her drug-addicted husband and a married son with two children who had lost his job and home due to the pandemic. “She was crying while telling us that she had to sell her kitchen appliances in order to meet some of their basic needs,” the leader said.
August 13, 2020
Local missionaries and their families were among 1,900 families who fled their homes when heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen raided predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria this month. The slaughter of Christian men, women and children by the Fulanis accelerated in recent weeks to unprecedented levels, with a three-day series of assaults displacing five native missionaries and their families, the leader of a native ministry said. “The killing of Christians in southern Kaduna by the Muslim killers is unprecedented,” he said. “We have lost so much again and again, and our missionaries are being pursued and lost everything.”
August 6, 2020
Believing he had a divine mandate to stop all efforts to lure people away from Allah and his prophet, Idris had persecuted local missionaries in Nigeria in many ways. When an area Christian donated land for a church building, he found a way to block its construction and built a mosque on the property, the leader of a local ministry leader said. “He was extremely hostile to all efforts and to our missionaries, leading to the persecution against all of our converts there,” the leader said. “Idris even promised to kill our missionaries if they would not stop reaching their communities and preaching the gospel.”