In the early morning hours of Monday, Sept 16, rebels rampaged in door-to-door attacks in the village of Ndomete, killing 26 people. Seleka rebels (mostly Muslim) also attacked communities around the town of Kaga Bandoro, about 200 miles north of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR).
Among those killed in Ndomete is a local pastor, whose name is not yet known. Locals told Open Doors the rebels looted a Catholic Church some 12 miles from Kaga Bandoro and several other properties. “People have run to the bush and to the MINUSCA peacekeeping base for safety as the attackers are still everywhere,” reported local workers last Monday.
Father, we bring before Your Throne of Grace, the families of the murdered pastor and the other victims of this brutal attack. May they know Your strong arm of comfort and protection. We grieve the violence that has long plagued this nation and pray that You will empower the peacekeepers to quell the violence and restore peace. And in the midst of the heartbreak and turmoil, may Your presence be evident. May Your people display forgiveness, courage, and strength, that the testimony of Your presence in them might spark a powerful movement of Your Holy Spirit across the land. In the name of Jesus, sovereign over all creation, Amen.