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Published on 28 January, 2010

LRA attacks believers

DR Congo (MNN) — The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has forced more and more believers out of their homes. Missionary helpers for victims of the militaristic clan are overwhelmed with refugees.

Africa Inland Mission missionary Wendy Atkins lives in the DR Congo where she has been helping thousands of refugees obtain food, water, shelter and other necessities. Many of those who have come to her are in flight from the brutal LRA.

People have been fleeing the LRA for years, but it seems that more and more Christians are at risk. One AIM release reports that a pastor was "hacked and shot to death" by LRA rebels, while 147 other people were forced from their homes. Churches have been burned, along with the homes of believers.

Recent attacks produced mass devastation for believers, says AIM missionary Bill Stough. "Church members lost bicycles, sewing machines, food, farming tools and other precious and scanty possessions as their houses and homes went up in flames." Most of these possessions will not be replaced as damage continues to add to the severity of ever-pressing poverty.

AIM has set up the Congo Crisis Fund to provide for some of the victims of LRA brutality. Your prayers and financial contributions are coveted.

Pray that AIM missionaries would be a beacon of light for believers and nonbelievers, pointing them all to Christ. AIM asks you pray specifically for the protection of children as well, who are easy and regular targets for the LRA to abduct and force into servitude.

If you would like to make a donation to the Congo Crisis Fund, click here.


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