Burkina Faso widow whose family was shot by jihadists prays for the killers to be saved

Burkina Faso widow whose family was shot by jihadists prays for the killers to be saved. Christian Today published the story of Martina from Burkina Faso, who lost her home and most of her family after her loved ones were shot by Islamist militants. But instead of bitterness and hatred for these people, she prays that the killers will know Jesus.

On the day when she last saw her church and loved ones, the pastor at the end of the service called on the congregation to pray for their enemies. And just 10 minutes later, when the service ended and church members gathered on the street, they were attacked by Islamic militants.

“They started taking everything—Bibles, the pulpit—and putting it in one big pile, and then they set it on fire,” Martina recalls. “Then they ordered the men to follow them. They took them behind the church, laid them on the ground, and then shots rang out.”

Martina lost her husband, father, brother and son-in-law that morning.

The attackers took away everyone’s phones and documents, and also took away several motorcycles. Everything that they could not or did not want to take with them, they simply burned.
“When they left, they told us to quietly leave this place,” says Martina. “If you cry, then tomorrow we will return to kill you all,” they said.

As she leaves the village, Martina recalls thinking: “I want those who did this terrible thing not to die without knowing Jesus Christ.”

She had no idea what the future held for her. She didn’t even have words to pray: “I tried to open my mouth to talk to God or ask Him why, why, why?”.
But only moans escaped out of her mouth.
However, Martina decided to trust God, she had no one left to rely on.

“I said to the Lord: “From now on You will take care of my life day and night. I have no one to whom I could come with my problems, except for You,” – the woman recalls. “Because You let this happen, Lord, I rely on You. You are the one who takes care of me. And I will not deviate either to the right or to the left.
When something confused me, or when fear enveloped me, I said: “Jesus, remember the prayer that I offered to You. I won’t veer to the right or to the left. I look to you. My hope is only in Your cross.”

Martina is encouraged in her faith, remembering what her father said about the persecution. When their Muslim neighbors came to warn him of the dangers of staying in the area, her father refused to leave.
“He said that if the people wanted him to run away because of the name of Jesus, he would never leave this village. Even if it means death, he will die for the name of Jesus, only the body can be killed, but not the soul.”

In recent years, Burkina Faso, like other sub-Saharan countries, has faced an increase in violent persecution. Jihadists persecute and kill Christians and destroy churches.

Christians of Muslim origin are the most abused by family and society, who reject them and try to force them to renounce their Christian faith.

Open Doors partners help Martina and 2 100 other families who have been forced to flee persecution.

“Pray that our faith will be strong,” Martina asks. We want to stay in Christ. Pray for us that we may be victorious in our struggle of faith. I also ask you to pray for our people so that peace returns to Burkina Faso.”

According to Christian Today

Source: Вдова из Буркина-Фасо, семью которой расстреляли джихадисты, молится о спасении убийц – ВО СВЕТЕ (inlight.news)