Sources of persecution: Ecclesiastical arrogance (or Denominational elitism)
For years, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has persecuted believers who have left their ranks or joined renewal movements. But Islamic extremism has now become the dominant source of persecution. Converts and ‘underground believers’ have to be very cautious to avoid being traced. Muslim fanatic group, Kewarjah, is repeatedly blamed for attacks against Christians in the south-west. A new law banning all religious messages and talks from public spaces is expected to bring a wave of restrictions against Christians.
- For secret believers; there have been some violent attacks within families
- Violence against Christian women often goes unreported. Pray for protection for Christian women.
- Thank God that Open Doors has been able to supply Bibles and training, as well as bicycles to pastors.