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Pray for the Tigray

Amina is happy about every call she gets from her twin sons in the distant capital Addis Ababa. For a long time she had no contact with them. During the two-year war, her home in the province of Tigray in the north of Ethiopia, was cut off from all connections to the outside world. The war between the provincial government and the Ethiopian army cost the lives of well over half a million people and hit the Tigray region hard.

When Amina realised that war was about to break out, she sent her sons to the distant capital. They made their way there and were safe. Amina has already overcome many crises in her life. She was born as a Muslim and married young to an older man. When she was given a Bible, she began to read it secretly. Because her husband found out, he disowned Amina and her sons and divorced her.

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Since then, Amina has been a courageous follower of Jesus and loves sharing her faith. For this, she has faced much hostility and persecution, but has also led many people to Jesus. Amina says: “My way was difficult and following Jesus was brought much suffering. But God is faithful! And he has given me a task: I am allowed to share the Gospel with Muslims.”

Orthodox Christians make up most of the population in Tigray. However, in the east of the province, where Amina lives, there are many Muslims (about 5-10 % of the whole population of Tigray). Historically the area has been Islam’s doorway to the region and to Africa at large. Evangelical Christians and churches there are a tiny minority.

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How to Pray

  • Pray for peace and that a workable solution to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia will be found.
  • Pray the church in the Tigray region will be allowed to grow and believers will boldly share their faith in Jesus.
  • Pray that women like Amina will be role models to other believers.
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