Ethiopian Believer Killed as
Markos, a successful Christian business man, was murdered on December 20 in a brutal machete attack in the Muslim-majority state of Oromia, Ethiopia. Believers claim that he was killed for giving financial assistance to his church after it was attacked by a mob of in September 2009. While an investigation into Markos' murder is currently underway, district administrators insist that Markos was killed to create political instability and not for his faith. However, the persecution of believers has increased here and in other areas of the country. Markos leaves behind his wife, Sintayehu, and their seven children aged 10 to 25.
Father, as Sintayehu and her children grieve the loss of husband and father, protect them, provide for them, bring about justice and subdue persecution. We ask also that You equip Open Doors workers as they minister to Christian leaders through biblical and leadership training.
Pauline's husband, Rami, worked for the Palestinian Bible Society and ran a Christian bookshop in Gaza. Locking up his shop after a normal day of work one afternoon in October 2007, a vehicle pulled alongside him, and several men forced him in the backseat. Rami, remaining calm and trusting in the Lord, was allowed to call his wife.
Hours later, Rami's body was found. He had been brutally tortured then shot twice, one bullet in the chest, and one in the head.
Pauline's meager income has prevented her from finishing the final construction of a home that she hopes to move into. With your help, we want to honor the Lord's heart for widows and provide Pauline and her children a home where they can live rent free.
Our goal is to raise $28,000 to completely pay for the final construction of her new home, taxes on the new home for the next three years, as well as $5,000 for all new furnishings for herself and her children.
This investment will not only save Pauline many hundreds of dollars a month, but it will be a huge relief and blessing that will allow her to focus more of her time and resources on her children and pursuing an education.
Pauline is an extraordinary woman who has been "tested in the furnace of affliction" (Isaiah 48:10) and now rejoices in her sufferings, trusting the Lord daily to fulfill His purpose through her life.
We can finish off Pauline's home within a month of receiving the funds, so please give today and let the Father use you to show His affection and faithfulness towards this precious martyr's widow and her young sons.
"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
I want you to know that even though I deal with the lives of martyrs and their survivors every day I am very burdened by Pauline's story. I'm going to start off the fundraising for her by putting my money where my mouth is. I am contributing $100 for Pauline and her family and I invite you to give generously as well.
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