Updates on the persecuted Church – 5 April 2023

4 April 2023

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Bible translator Wuwih William Gemuh was kidnapped and killed in Cameroon [Image credit: Wycliffe]

  • Wuwih William Gemuh, a senior Bible translator in north-west Cameroon, was kidnapped and later killed by gunmen after facilitating a workshop on 17 March. Keyeh Emmanuel, General Director of the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy, said, “We are working to bring comfort to the family and colleagues at this very difficult moment. We invite you to be in prayers for us and for Wuwih’s family.” Pray that Wuwih’s wife and six children will be greatly comforted as they mourn. Ask that his colleagues will receive courage and wisdom as they adjust to the void left by Wuwih, and for their protection from harm.
  • A Pakistani Christian, Kashif Masih, was shot and killed in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on 1 April. The shooting was claimed by Islamic State Khorasan Province (a group active in Afghanistan and Central Asia, as well as Pakistan). Two other men in the Peshawar area – a Sikh and a Hindu – were killed in separate incidents on 31 and 30 March, respectively, that are believed to be part of an Islamist attack on religious minorities. Pray for the safety of all minority religious communities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at this time, and ask that our Christian brothers and sisters may know the Lord’s peace in their hearts. Ask that the Lord will draw near to Kashif’s widow and three children in their grief.
  • A worshipper was killed and a pastor was kidnapped along with three members of his congregation during an attack on a church in Benue State, Nigeria, in the early hours of Palm Sunday, 2 April. Five people were wounded in the assault by suspected Fulani Muslim extremists who stormed into the church while a prayer vigil was taking place. Pray that our Saviour will be close to the bereaved and to the families of the Christians kidnapped during the attack. Ask for healing for the wounded.
  • At least ten people were killed and 20 injured in Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) air strikes on the village of Khuabung, Thantlang township, in Christian-majority Chin State on 30 March. Local sources said that there was no military action in the vicinity, and the military were clearly targeting the civilian population. Ask that God will give His peace to those who lost loved ones in the assault, and that those injured will recover fully. Ask that He will restrain those intent on attacking Myanmar’s Christians and bring about lasting peace.

Related Countries

Cameroon, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Pakistan