Central African Republic

 An Update from OPEN DOORS
Open Doors Weekly Email

attack update: Open Doors partner and trainees threatened by Seleka rebels

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on an attack by Muslim Seleka rebels on communities around the town of Kaga Bandoro, almost 220 miles north of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, in which 26 people were killed.

We have now heard that among those threatened during the attack were an Open Doors partner and 15 pastors who were attending an Open Doors-sponsored seminar. Our partner wanted us to share this message with our supporters:

“Thanks to your prayers, we have been able to get out of Kaga Bandoro with our lives safe. Some Seleka fighters even came into the church where our seminar was taking place and hurt people lodging there. We came back to Bangui under the escort of the Lord Jesus, but our brothers in Kaga Bandoro, Ndele and Kouango are suffering.”

Witnesses said rebels held the pastors at gunpoint and beat them with their fists and machetes, before taking money and other valuables. At one point they ordered the pastors to lie face down and threatened to kill them. Mercifully, when one of their members protested, the group left.

Please Pray:

  • For the Lord to comfort and provide for the grieving families of those killed in the attack
  • Thank God for His protection over our partner and the pastors attending the training
  • That there would be peace in CAR.
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‘A right to kill all non-Muslims’

“Seleka considers Kaga Bandoro the capital of their self-declared republic in the northeast of CAR,” reported our partner, who explained that the rebels therefore think they have a ‘right to kill all non-Muslims there’.

Although Christians were not specifically targeted in this incident, many Christians are among the victims.

Five civilians died, including a local church leader whose name is unknown at this stage, when Seleka forces started randomly shooting people. They also looted the leader’s church, his house and the houses of other civilians. Four more people were killed the same night in a settlement two miles from Kaga Bandoro.

Let us pray that all Christians in the Central African Republic be given the strength and courage to endure all the atrocities which are being perpetrated against them on an almost daily basis.

With many heartfelt blessings

Geoffrey

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geoffreymkeyte

I am an author and broadcaster. In January 2013 I very nearly died but our Father God healed me and I am still alive to tell the tale! I have written/edited several books about the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. My future ministry is focused on outreach. I do not just want to preach to the converted but to many people 'out there' who do not know Jesus as their Saviour and who are in great need of His love and compassion. Praise be to the Lord our God, our Heavenly Father

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