The attack that took place in the village of Zaongo, North of the capital Ouagadougou, on November 5 just came to light in a statement shared by the Tribunal prosecutor of the City of Kaya. Kaya is home to a large number of internally displaced people. Across Burkina Faso, about two million people have been uprooted by fighting, making it one of the worst internal displacement crises in Africa. Benoit Delsarte, Save the Children Country Director in Burkina Faso, said the incident is a grave reminder that children bear the brunt of conflict and insecurity in Burkina Faso. Children only ask to live in a safe environment where they can learn and live to their full potential. In this horrific attack, they were denied this simple request. And, for the children who survived, they will have witnessed their peers lose their lives, and their suffering may last for years. Pray that crimes against children will be stopped and they will be protected from their enemies (The Bible, Psalm 143:12).
Many churches in Iran hold Christmas services and events during the Christmas season. Pray for their safety and protection. Pray that they can meet in peace to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Pray also that there will be deep encouragement for Believers in prison because of their faith. Pray for their family members to know the peace and presence of the Lord even though their loved ones are in jail. Pray for grace and favor on the Church in Iran as it continues to expand in a country that is struggling to find peace and stability. Ask God to bless Iran with freedom from the chains of Islamic leadership (The Bible, Isaiah 58:6).