Central African Republic

“What happened in the Central African Republic (CAR) can happen in any country,”said a church leader remembering the way in which Islamists seized political power by force in 2013. “We were not prepared with strategies. We realised the weakness of the Church.” He explained how church structure  did not allow the Church to resist the persecution that followed, as the Seleka Islamist militants destroyed church buildings, slaughtered pastors, and raped their wives and daughters. Church attendance dropped, but church leaders met together to pray and plan a response, realising that greater flexibility was required in order to respond to persecution. “We need your prayers, “he said. Pray for wisdom fro church leaders in CAR and that they may be well prepared for further challenges in their country.

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