BBC reports that there was another terrible massacre in Central Mali in the village of Sobame Da, situated in the Mopti region. There has been an ongoing tension between the Dogon hunters and the Fulani herders. This attack appears to be the Fulani who came and surrounded the village of Sabame Da, heavily armed, and killed everyone who tried to escape. One survivor who witnessed the attack, said that they spared no one, including women, children and elderly.
Please pray fervently for this country, for the people of this country. The violence is getting worse and worse. Many Christians have been killed.
Pastor Christophe Dembele, our representative of Praise International, will send me more detailed information tomorrow, so I will write more.
Praise International supports and encourages national pastors in poverty-stricken countries. Russia is one of the countries where we strive to lift up and bless national pastors.
Pastor Abel & Naomie Sagara
Malians need prayer. Malian Christians, specifically need prayer. Malian pastors may need even more prayer.
Al Jazzeera – Mali Senior Member JNIM Amadou Koufa Kill in French Raid
Have you followed the news about the advance of the jihadists in Mali. I don’t claim to know all the background of this problem. This what I know. Mali is in political turmoil.
The jihadists in Mali (and across West Africa) go by several names: Fulani nomadic shephards, the Peul, the Wolof, etc. There are several radical Islamic groups which would qualify as Jihadist. One is the IRIN and the other big group is the “Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin” or NJIM. This particular group is at the center of controversy right now. The leader of the NJIM is (now I should say, was) Amadou Koufa. Back in 2015, after the Tuareg rebellion up in northern Mali and the French army intervened to stop them, the Tuareg signed a Peace Deal with Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (he goes by IBK) A year ago, Amadou Koufa, as leader of the NJIM, signed a Peace Accord with IBK. It was hoped that this would revive the Peace Deal signed in 2015. But alas …
During this last year, Amadou Koufa acknowleged his allegiance to Al-Qaeda and the hopes for a revived Peace Accord were shattered. Jihadists groups continued to capture and control towns and villages across central Mali. It became more and more violent. Life was becoming more and more difficult, to say the least, for Malians living in this region, the Mopti region. There were brutal killings, massacres in many of the villages that the Jihadists conquered. Generally, if the men didn’t join their army, they were killed. I was told that they often slit throats! Wives were sometimes raped.
This is why France stepped in again, as they had done with the Tuareg rebellion in 2015. One of their primary objectives was to capture or kill Amadou Koufa. They succeeded at killing Amadou. The Jihadist groups, IRIN and NJIM (more NJIM) protested, saying that the French troops should not be credited for the killing of Amadou.
The battle is far from over. It will sadly just get worse. Over these many months, even years, so many villages in the Mopti region have been destroyed. So many wives are without husbands, children without a father. Scores of Christians have been killed. Many pastors have been killed. Some Christian churches have gone “underground.” How can the Malians survive? With so many men killed, how will they farm and provide food for their families? There is almost always a shortage of water, leading to a shortage of food.
Praise International has sponsored only 2 pastors in this region: Pastor Abel & Naomie Sagara and Pastor Jeremy & Jemima Guindo. Thank the Lord that their lives have been spared so far, but they and their families are in great danger (like the other Malians in the Mopti Region). These pastors are both professors in a Bible School around the Dogon region, south of Mopti, the biggest city in the region with a population of approx. 114,000.
Thank you for praying for the people of Mali.
Pastor Jeremy & Jemima Guindo
Praise International has sponsored all of these pastors in these posts, including the other posts, Pray for Pastors in Mali, Pray for Pastors in Ivory Coast, Pray for Pastors in Guinea, Pray for Pastors in Romania. I will also post a couple other similar posts, Pray for Pastors in Russia and Pray for Pastors in Cuba. But in all these countries, we have a list of pastors who need a sponsor. Would you consider sponsoring a pastor this Christmas? Please contact us if you have questions. Phone or text us at (208) 608-3965. Email us at Admin@praiseinternational.us or SponsorshipPraise@gmail.com. Visit our website: www.praiseinternational.us. Find us on Facebook. On Twitter On LinkedIn Write us at: P.O. Box 927 Caldwell, Idaho 83606.
In addition to our national pastor sponsorship program, we also have an emergency relief called, Raven’s Fund. This name is a reference to the Old Testament story of how God miraculously provided sustenance for Elijah. Pastors in poverty-stricken countries will have destructive natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, fires, famine, etc, as well serious physical injuries and diseases. Would you consider making a special donation this Christmas. This is a very tangible ways to demonstrate to these pastors Christ’s Love which surpasses understanding. Thank you in advance for your compassion and consideration.
Praise International also has a “Wheels for Pastors” program. Many pastors in poverty-stricken countries don’t have any mean of transportation. Many of them travel by foot from village to village evangelizing and starting churches. Providing them with bikes, scooters, a small motorcycle, enables them to better fulfill their calling to preach the gospel to every creature. For these pastors, a means of transportation is actually a tool for evangelism. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
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Please Pray for Pastor Artur and Natalia Boicu, their family and for their ministries. Thank you.
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Pastor Marc Gohi Guei and his wife, Monique, live in Ayaman, a village south of Abidjan, where he is pastor of the Agape Revival Evangelical Church.
He tells the story of when he first heard from God. He was only 13 years old. There was a revival going on in his church. During a time of very intense prayer, God spoke to him through a vision. He saw himself on a mountain with the Lord standing at his side. The Lord pointed down, “Look in the valley. Go search for my sheep.” Marc looked and he saw the sheep. That’s when his vision ended.
The following year, he had another vision DURING HIS MATH CLASS! As he sat there, with his teacher talking in the background, Marc had a vision. He saw himself in an office, sitting behind a desk. There were Bibles and Bible study books stacked on the desk and he was writing on a piece of paper. What was he writing? He saw himself preparing a sermon that he was going to go out and preach. He got lost inside this vision. He didn’t know for how long. He was so focused on this vision that he totally forgot that he was in his math class.
Upon coming out of this vision in his math class, it all finally added up. Marc knew that God had called him into full-time ministry and he was ready to accept the calling. Being only 14 years old, Marc got involved in his church as much as he could. He attended all the church activities. He became president of his Youth Group. He started helping during the worship service. Eventually he took turns with other at presiding the service. He became a deacon, then one of the church leaders, then an elder. One day the pastor of the church spoke to him about the calling he received in this math class, to become a pastor. He asked, when would he become a full-time minister?
So Marc went to Bible School, then was hired as a pastor in 1992, exactly ten years after that vision in his math class.
This is Pastor Marc Guei standing in front of his church.
Marc married Monique Didehi. It was the beginning of a beautiful family and a lifetime of being partners in the ministry.
I love their colorful shirts and robes. Most church attenders wear bright colors on Sunday. Some wear colorful clothing all week.Isn’t this a beautiful family?
This is their precious youngest child. Pastor Marc has a sponsor through Praise International. The monthly gift he receives from his sponsor, helps Marc and Monique send their kids to school. In Ivory Coast, as in many African countries, parents must pay a monthly fee to the school, or else their children cannot attend.
Pastor Marc is doing a baby dedication, as the parents promise to raise their children under the teaching of God’s Word. As is case in the U.S and most countries, it is not easy for children and youth to remain faithful to the Lord, especially if their dad is the pastor.
This is me with Pastor Marc and Joseph Oulai, who is pastor of a church in Abidjan. He is also Director of Praise International in Ivory Coast and oversees the distribution of support funds to pastors in other countries of West Africa.
Please pray for Pastor Marc and Monique Guei, as they remain faithful to their calling to find the Good Shepherd’s lost sheep in Ivory Coast. Pray for protection and fruitfulness and that the Lord bless them with wisdom, patience and loads of the LOVE of the Lord. Thank you.
Pastor Aggée and Elizabeth Traoré serve the Lord in MORIBABOUGOU, Mali, a town in proximity to Bamako. The name of the church that they started many years ago is Bethel Evangelical Center. Aggée (his name is the French version of Haggai) was working at a job with decent pay when God called him into full-time ministry. During the years as they evangelized the town of Moribabougou, they raised a family of eight children.
Several years ago, when my wife Kandee and I visited the Traoré Family, we found Aggée and Elisabeth and couple of their children, harvesting peanuts from their garden. They stopped to give us a warm traditional welcome. They thanked Praise International for the monthly gift that their sponsor had been sending them for several years. Without this regularly donation, he told us, they would not have been able to send their kids to school. He told us how it was to plant this evangelical church. He had opposition from some local Muslims in the town, as the town was majority Muslim, but through it all, God blessed the ministry of Pastor Aggée with much fruit.
After chatting for a while, he took us inside their church building, which was in the courtyard, where we were sitting. It was impressive. He had transformed a nice-sized barn into a nice-looking church.
Recently, I saw Pastor Aggée again in Bamako, during our ministry trip to Guinea and Mali. We were conducting a Pastors Conference, with Pastor Richard Shaw as conference speaker. It was great to see Aggée again and find out how his church is doing.
Please pray for Pastor Aggée and Elizabeth Traoré, as they continue to faithfully serve the Lord in Moribabougou, Mali.
APRIL 9, 2018 UPDATE:
A Chrstian Mission reported the following in their newsletter:
Militant Muslim Fulani herdsmen are continuing to target Christian individuals and families throughout Nigeria’s Middle Belt.
These militants will stop at nothing.
Our partners have shared that as Fulani extremists fight and take over land through violent means, they believe their radicalized version of Islam gives them every right to take possession of everything in their path.
And the attacks have been brutal with thousands of Christians killed and whole villages burned…and more lives of believers in Nigeria are at risk.