Christians killed, four churches burned down in Guinea attacks

March 27, 2020 by Lindy Lowry in Africa

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, persecution continues. Our field recently shared a request for prayer for an escalating situation in Guinea—one of Open Doors’ “persecution watch” countries. While Guinea is not ranked in the top 50 countries on the World Watch List, it is one of many Open Doors’ World Watch research team monitors.

Tension continues to rise in the West African country since elections were held that would keep the country’s president Alpha Conde in power. A coalition of opposition and civil society groups, the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, has been demonstrating against the referendum and called for further protests this week. As a result, there have been violent clashes in Guinea, some of which are affecting Christians and churches there.

Our field reports a church deacon was killed by radical Muslim youth when he came out of his home to plead for them not to destroy his church, Oeuvre & Mission Baptist Church. Another believer who was guarding a church was killed while trying to run away from attackers. The gunmen also burned down his home. Jaennot Vert (pictured above) was overseeing construction work next to the church in the absence of the pastor when attackers struck.

At least four church buildings in the area have been burned down, including:

  • Pastor Maurice’s Bethel Church
  • Pastor Simon’s Evangelical Protestant Church(EPE)
  • Foursquare Church
  • The “Ambassade de Christ” church

A regional team member reported, “We are not sure yet if this is due to the political unrest, tribal conflict or religions targeting. We are investigating. But the situation is very volatile and Christians in general and our partners need prayer. When we spoke to a local pastor on Sunday, we could still hear gunfire. The pastor was really concerned about the coming night.”

Pray with the church in Guinea

  • Pray for the Lord’s protection on Christians in general and also over our partners. Pray for peace and order to be restored soon.
  • Please pray for the family members of the church deacon and the guard Jaennot Vert. Ask God to comfort them in their grief as they come to terms with these terrible losses.
  • Pray the situation in the country is resolved and that calm would be restored.
  • Pray for God’s protection over Christians and our ministry partners.
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