Pastor Tindano (l) and Deacon Lankoandé (r)
In the early hours of 11 February, the deacon of the Evangelical SIM Church, Lankoandé Babilibilé, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Sebba, north east Burkina Faso. His car was stolen and used to abduct Pastor Omar Tindano of the same church, along with two of Omar’s daughters, his son and two nephews. Yesterday, the news broke that Omar, his son and his nephews had all been executed. His daughters were released, physically unharmed, on the same day.
This attack comes less than a week after gunmen attacked an evangelical church in Nagnounbougou. At least two believers were killed in that attack.
Lankoandé helped establish the first churches in the Sebba region, while Omar was the president of the Sebba region of the Evangelical Church.
Feb 16, there was a third terrorist attack on a Protestant church in Burkina Faso. Tragically, it’s the deadliest of the three so far, with 24 people shot dead and at least 15 injured or abducted. The attack took place during the weekly service.
Open Doors hears from sources on the ground that the pastor was abducted – now believed to be among those killed – and the church building burned down.
Burkina Faso has seen a sharp increase in Christian persecution recently – it is now at 28 on the World Watch List, jumping more than 30 places. Violent attacks account for this enormous rise, and tragically more than 50 Christians were murdered in 2019. There is a climate of fear for believers in Burkina Faso.
Christians in these areas are in need of urgent prayer and support. They are traumatised and don’t know how to handle all this violence.
Your family in Burkina Faso desperately need your prayers. As we read in Galatians: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
- for the mourning family members, that God would be a deep source of solace and comfort
- for Omar’s daughters, as they start to heal from the trauma of abduction
- for strength and resilience for Christians across Burkina Faso.
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