|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Felix Tshisekedi|
“With all this suffering, I remember what my husband used to say: God is in control.”
– Mama Teseli, a believer from the DRC.
What Does Persecution Look Like?
Some Islamic extremist groups are seeking to cleanse the country of religious minorities, like Christianity. Extremists attack churches and homes, kidnap believers and force women into marriage. Over one million people have now been displaced.
The militant group, Alliance for Democratic Forces (ADF), continued to grow in 2020. In ADF-controlled areas, Christian children are pressured to abandon schooling and are forced to learn Islamic teachings.
Extremists have also been known to target those wearing Christian symbols, including an Anglican priest who was killed in April 2020.
Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?
Converts from both Islam and tribal religions face pressure to take part in non-Christian religious activities. Those who refuse could find themselves socially isolated, rejected by their families, discriminated in the workplace or violently attacked.
Pray persecution will not discourage Christians, rather encourage them further into their faith.
Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual healing of those affected by extremism and violence.
Pray for provision over those who have lost their homes and livelihoods for following Jesus.