An ambush by armed men in northern Burkina Faso has killed at least 12 people, including 10 army auxiliaries and two civilians. They ransacked offices and set vehicles ablaze before making their escape. At the same time, armed men have freed around 60 prisoners from a jail in Nouna town. In another incident, a food convoy escorted by volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland was the target of an ambush on the Dori-Gorgadji road. These men entered the town of Nouna around midnight aboard 4x4s and motorbikes, brandishing Kalashnikovs and heavy machine guns for the offense. Pray that the continuous killings and the deadly atrocities of the terrorists will be thwarted. Pray for God to stretch out His mighty hand and save His people and allow them to have a new lease on life (The Bible, Isaiah 14:27).
Article 21, a group advocating for religious rights in Iran, recently published its annual report which is produced together with other religious advocacy groups. The report says in the last year converts to Christianity were involved in 120 cases of arrest, detention, or imprisonment. The report also noted the increasing involvement of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the arrests or raids on Christian homes. Iranian Christians experience in a very tangible way what it means to be crucified with Christ; that they no longer live, but Christ lives in them. Pray that this will bring strength and comfort (The Bible, Galatians 2:20).