The bitterness of war in Central African Republic
Published: May 22, 2017

Fighting has again erupted in Central African Republic (CAR), resulting in the loss of more than 200 lives in the eastern portion of the country. Muslim rebel groups are targeting anyone who is not Muslim, and they are burning down the houses of anyone possessing a Bible. A pastor’s wife in the city of Bria lost her life on May 17, and other Christians and non-Muslims were also killed. Famine is already an immediate concern, with more hunger anticipated because rebel activity makes it unsafe for families to plant and tend their gardens.

In late April, before the most recent fighting broke out, Baptist Mid-Missions’ president, Dr. Vernon Rosenau, traveled to CAR for a national church conference. Over and over, national leaders thanked him for assistance offered through donations to BMM’s World Relief program after rebel groups destroyed property and lives in 2013. This relief sustained life for hundreds who may have starved otherwise, and it helped replace Bibles and libraries for pastors to continue ministering to their people.

Come alongside Christians in CAR

Once again, our Christian brothers and sisters in CAR are asking for help as their needs become dire. The most pressing need is for people to pray for peace in this country. Your prayers will genuinely minister to believers undergoing unspeakable, long-term suffering. The greatest physical need in this region is for food, because fighting makes it unsafe to commercially transport these commodities. Other needs, such as shelter for refugees, are also a concern. Please consider a gift to the World Relief program, designated for CAR, to help with these needs. For more information on giving methods, click here.

More than ever, the people of CAR need our help through both prayer and World Relief assistance. We can help these believers carry the weight of their unjust suffering. From all of us at Baptist Mid-Missions, thank you for your compassionate concern and care for the body of Christ around the world.

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

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